Special Volume call for papers from Journal of Cleaner Production on Industry 4.0, Cleaner Production and Circular Economy: An Agenda for Ethical Business Development
• 大类 : 环境科学与生态学 - 1区
• 小类 : 工程：环境 - 2区
• 小类 : 环境科学 - 2区
According to the 2017 Corporate Sustainability research report, by MIT Sloan Management Review and Boston Consulting (Kiron et al., 2017), the deployment of successful business models driven towards sustainability continues to be difficult for companies around the world. Cleaner Production (CP) approaches, as defined by the United Nations Environmental Program, is a business strategy, which aims to contribute to sustainable development by means of improved production efficiency, environmental management, and sustainable societal development (Hens et al., 2018). Additionally, CP encompasses improved product/service design, better process monitoring, improved worker health and safety, all of which are integral to the goals of sustainable societies (Klemeš et al., 2012; Oliveira et al., 2016; Jin et al., 2017; Fatorachian and Kazemi, 2018). Thus, CP approaches are key to making progress toward more sustainable business models embedded in Circular Economies, (CE) based upon sustainable production and consumption (Tunn et al., 2019).
Industry 4.0, introduced by the German federal government in 2011, is understood as the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, which focuses on industrial value creation and on providing positive steps toward enhanced corporate social responsibility and sustainability (Luthra and Mangla, 2018). Industry 4.0 is primarily driven by smart, internet supported concepts and approaches such as cloud computing, big data analytics, internet of things, robotics, smart networks, and distributed manufacturing. These approaches provide means to inter-connect equipment, networks, economics, environment, people and ethics to reduce waste and to improve production/operational efficiency (de Sousa Jabbour et al., 2018a).
Therefore, the integration of CP and Industry 4.0 concepts provide numerous opportunities for practitioners/managers to develop and implement sustainable business models aligned with the evolving ethical principles of corporate social responsibility, extended producer responsibility and multi-generational equity for sustainable societies (Ghisellini et al., 2016; de Man and Strandhagen, 2017; de Sousa Jabbour et al., 2018b).
There are several, on-going Calls-for-Papers (CfPs) in different leading journals, aiming to publish articles in the domain of emerging technologies and their application in industry, and sustainability innovations for industrial and manufacturing system and supply chain management (Xu, X., & Zhong, 2019; Zhong et al., 2019; Li and Huang, 2019; Mangla et al., 2018; Liu et al., 2018). In contrast with those Special Volumes (SVs) CfPs, this SV is focused on implementation of ethical and sustainable business models using Industry 4.0, base CP and CEs.
Industrial managers and scholars require results of rigorous research to show the benefits of adoption of Industry 4.0 concepts and approaches for helping them to be economically, ecologically and ethically responsible corporate players in the needed changes to achieve true sustainable societies locally, regionally and globally.
We welcome theoretical, conceptual, empirical, and review papers, from stakeholders such as: e.g., scholars, industrial researchers, business people, governmental officers and NGO leaders.
The following illustrative questions provide the framework for this SV:
How can societal leaders help to develop and implement synergies among Industry 4.0, CP and CEs in the context of ethical sustainable business development?
How can implementation of Industry 4.0 help to revolutionize societal production and consumption within the context of climate changes and other challenges?
What tools and analytical methods are available and which new ones are needed to help industrialists, politicians, consumers, educators to understand and to build upon the inter-linkages of Industry 4.0, CP and CEs in the context of ethical, sustainable business performance and more sustainable societies?
What are the potential challenges and benefits of implementation of Industry 4.0 for helping companies, governments academics and NGOs to co-work to accelerate the transition to equitable, sustainable, livable post-fossil carbon societies?
In view of these broad questions, the potential topics for the SV include (but are not limited to):
Industry 4.0 driven technological applications (cloud computing, big data analytics, internet of things, distributed manufacturing, 3D printing and RFID etc.) to promote implementation of CP and CEs for ethical sustainable societal development;
Developing Industry 4.0 frameworks and its implications on implementation of more efficient, CP practices for more ethical and sustainable performance;
Developing new indices for measuring effectivity of implementation of CP and Industry 4.0;
Developing new organizational theories, propositions, and perspectives for supporting implementation of Industry 4.0 in the context of Cleaner and more sustainable Production and Consumption and catalyzing the transition to more ethical, sustainable, post-fossil carbon societies;
Drivers and challenges to implementation of Industry 4.0 driven CP and CEs built upon sustainable businesses and post-fossil carbon sustainable societies;
Empirical and decision-support-based businesses models and tools to promote implementation of Industry 4.0, based upon Sustainable Production and Consumption with in Circular Economies;
Synergistic Inter-connections among implantation of Industry 4.0, CP, CEs and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);