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Sustainable Entrepreneurship via Creativity in Organizations

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2023) | Viewed by 5144

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Leicester Castle Business School, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
Interests: sustainability; entrepreneurship; organizational culture; social entrepreneurship

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Department Educational Administration and Supervision Program, Faculty of Education Educational Sciences, Sakarya University, 54300 Hendek, Sakarya, Turkey
Interests: emotional intelligence; leadership; organizational culture; school management; entrepreneurship
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Department of Education, University of Padova, Via Beato Pellegrino, 28, 35137 Padova, Italy
Interests: project evaluation; research in education; ICT; e-learning; education for sustainable development; entrepreneurship in education, psychology, and music education
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Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Coimbra University, Coimbra, Portugal
Interests: education sciences; philosophy of education; teacher education; inclusive education; citizenship education; entrepreneurship education

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Dear Colleagues,

The origin and development of creativity in human beings is an issue that disciplines such as psychology, biology, health sciences, arts, and educational sciences have addressed in recent decades. Genomic advancement and increased knowledge of neural networks and their plasticity is providing pedagogues and educators with very valuable information for the development of new teaching methods that favor the development of creativity as an important part of the entrepreneurship process. The fast development of artificial intelligence and machine learning are proposing new interdisciplinary models to educate new generations in creativity and entrepreneurship. In this Special Issue we will address some examples about the influence of culture in the development of creativity in humans, as core elements of the future development of creativity in different frameworks: formal, non-formal education, and even informal education. There are lots of skills and features being an entrepreneur, and one of the core skills is creativity. Moreover, for the organization, creative culture is so important to develop a sustainable organization and human resources.

Improvement, change and awareness shape human life from top to toe. Such alterations also manifest themselves in organizations, too. For an organization, what is most important is to reach its goals effectively. This calls for an openness to change, and therefore requires effective administration. The key here is to engage with stakeholders and to understand them both individually and as a group. In this regard, leadership and positive psychology come to the fore and affects human skills and human resources in both countries and the culture of organizations.

In recent years, both leadership studies and psychology have themselves undergone many changes. Studies of leadership have increasingly turned away from theories of characteristics, behavior and contingency toward more modern approaches. Through this shift, perspectives on leadership have evolved and the concept has come to be connected to many different terms. New leaders are required to have certain personal skills such as managing psychology, creativity and entrepreneurship. Organizational psychology is thus the science of the conditions and processes that contribute to the development or ideal functioning of people, groups and organizations.  

In the life of organizations, many different situations arise in which various stakeholders are presented with both challenges and opportunities. These experiences may occur at the individual, group or organizational level, and it is crucial to examine them to establish effective organizational processes.  

Nevertheless, leadership is not always enough by itself to produce the desired effect. At this point, if organizations would like to be sustainable and effective, they must develop entrepreneurship skills in both the professional and normal life. This represents a modern approach involving both individual and organizational perspectives.

This research topic thus aims to provide an in-depth treatment of creative organizational psychology, leadership in organizational life and culture and sustainable entrepreneurship culture in organization and education systems. Contributions are expected to examine the relationship between different aspects of creativity and entrepreneurship, against the backdrop of organizational life and behavior. Themes may include, but are not limited to:

  1. The effect of positive psychology on organizational behavior for creativity;
  2. The effect of creativity on organizational leadership;
  3. The effect of creativity on human life in organizations;
  4. The effects of emotional intelligence on entrepreneurs;
  5. What is sustainable social entrepreneurship and what are its features?
  6. The effects of emotions and creativity on school leadership;
  7. Fundamental sustainable entrepreneurship in organizational behavior;
  8. Approaches to establishing a positive atmosphere in organizations to create sustainable entrepreneurship culture;
  9. How can we develop entrepreneurship and creativity skills in organizations?
  10. Which skills are related to sustainable entrepreneurship?

This issue is among the most recommended topics to be developed, researched and discussed, especially in EU programs. Today, the world has become a subject that affects our agenda more, especially with the rapid change in information technologies. However, it can be stated that there are not enough resources in the literature. This Special Issue is especially important in the literature in terms of highlighting other issues that entrepreneurship is related to and its connection with creativity, which is the foremost of these issues. In addition, the skill of creativity is among the most important skills that should be developed in schools from an early age and then in business life, especially to produce innovative organizations. In today's world of rapid change, the importance of skills such as entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship is increasing for the sustainability of organizations. For these reasons, it can be stated that this is especially important in terms of its relationship with creativity and producing a positive and open organizational culture.

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Prof. Dr. David Rae
Prof. Dr. Osman Titrek
Prof. Dr. Michele Biasutti
Prof. Dr. Carlos Francisco De Sousa Reis
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Keywords

  • sustainable entrepreneurship
  • entrepreneur psychology
  • creative entrepreneurs
  • innovation and entrepreneurship
  • change and entrepreneurship
  • culture and entrepreneurship
  • lifelong learning for entrepreneurs

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Unveiling Job Satisfaction of Teachers through a Blend of Methodologies
by Canan Demir-Yıldız
Sustainability 2023, 15(18), 13986; https://doi.org/10.3390/su151813986 - 20 Sep 2023
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Assessing the levels of job satisfaction among educators and identifying the factors that contribute to their augmentation or diminution holds paramount importance for both educational quality and favorable organizational behavior. Furthermore, job satisfaction also bears significant relevance in terms of sustainability in education. [...] Read more.
Assessing the levels of job satisfaction among educators and identifying the factors that contribute to their augmentation or diminution holds paramount importance for both educational quality and favorable organizational behavior. Furthermore, job satisfaction also bears significant relevance in terms of sustainability in education. In this context, the purpose of this study is to determine the levels of job satisfaction among teachers using a sample from Turkey and to identify the factors influencing these levels of job satisfaction. The research was conducted within public and private schools affiliated with the province of Muş and its adjacent regions, encompassing educators as its participants. Employing a mixed methods approach with a concurrent design, the present investigation aims to synergistically harness the strengths of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. This methodological choice is underpinned by the intention to capture a more comprehensive understanding of teachers’ perspectives on job satisfaction. By complementing the data acquired from online scale forms with succinct narrative responses from the educators, a more nuanced comprehension of their viewpoints is achieved. The findings of this study reveal that the levels of job satisfaction among teachers remain situated at a “moderate” threshold (x = 1.85). Among the variables influencing job satisfaction, significant differences have emerged in terms of educational background and the type of school a teacher works in (public/private). The qualitative findings of the study reveal the influential role of the “salary” factor in job satisfaction. Accordingly, the provision of both financial and non-financial support for teachers’ professional development and advancement is considered valuable for job satisfaction and the sustainability of the teaching profession. Full article
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Investigation of E-27 and Candidate Countries’ Lifelong Learning, R&D–Innovation Performances and Gross Domestic Product by Multidimensional Scaling Analysis
by Mustafa Bulut, Sadık Serçek and Şeyhmus Demir
Sustainability 2022, 14(23), 16252; https://doi.org/10.3390/su142316252 - 6 Dec 2022
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Vocational and technical education, which is offered in the quality required by the era, plays a major role in the growth of economies and the development of societies by raising entrepreneurs with R&D, P&D, and innovation awareness, as well as being a means [...] Read more.
Vocational and technical education, which is offered in the quality required by the era, plays a major role in the growth of economies and the development of societies by raising entrepreneurs with R&D, P&D, and innovation awareness, as well as being a means of raising a productive workforce in a systematic and planned way. The lifelong learning journey also offers a great contribution to this process. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of these factors on the economies of countries by comparing the lifelong learning, entrepreneurship, and innovation performances of countries with their per capita gross domestic product within the scope of both the data in the Global Innovation Index (GII) report and the data in the European Innovation Index scoring table. Ideas produced by using information-intensive innovative technologies and the products that emerge with the realization of these ideas contribute to economic growth by strengthening the competitiveness and economic structure of countries, thus, increasing living standards and increasing welfare. In this respect, it is important to measure and evaluate the lifelong learning, R&D, and innovation performances of countries. A multidimensional scaling analysis method was used in the study. In the analysis of data and documents obtained, it has been found that the countries that construct and carry out their vocational education and training activities according to the realities and needs of today’s world, have high R&D, innovation, and lifelong learning performances. It has been seen that the value added created in this way is also high and that has a decisive effect on their economic growth. Full article
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