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Symphonya. Emerging Issues in Management
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ISSN (Print) 1593-0300 - ISSN (Online) 1593-0319
Published by Universit√† degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca Homepage  [2 journals]
  • Ouverture de ‘Global Competition and Sustainability

    • Authors: Silvio M. Brondoni, Emanuele Plata
      Pages: 1 - 5
      Abstract: The attitude of large companies towards the issue of sustainability has evolved considerably over time. In a first phase sustainability was seen as a necessary evil. Today, in global markets, the financial world seeks and rewards sustainable companies.
      In global competition, the companies’ results cannot be evaluated just in terms of value generated for the shareholders profit: the shared value generated has become the key factor for success.
      Globalization is not a policy managed by human forces, but it’s a condition of life for humans on this planet.
      In line with this assumption the aim of this series of articles, dedicated to sustainable management, is to analyse the recent global findings related to the sustainability issues, in topics like communication, human capital, intangible factors, small and large enterprises, retail and fashion, as well as in well-being orientation.
      PubDate: 2022-12-20
      DOI: 10.4468/2022.2.01ouverture
  • Competitive Shortage Management, Global Markets & Sustainable
           Development Goals

    • Authors: Silvio M. Brondoni
      Pages: 6 - 13
      Abstract: Traditionally, competitiveness is mainly described in terms of costs. In effect, costs are a strategic issue for businesses to survive and stand out. The deployment of profit costs is becoming strategically important to be sustainable and competitive in the global markets.
      In today’s scenario of global ‘hypercompetition’, one of the most important changes in industrial organisation is the transition from multinational corporations (MNCs) to global networks. In a global market-space, the corporate responsibility is thus as a sense of the corporation’s consciousness towards hypothetical consequences of its planned actions (in domestic/international markets) in view on organisation’s long-term vitality.
      PubDate: 2022-12-20
      DOI: 10.4468/2022.2.02brondoni
  • Beyond GDP: The Italian Methodology Using BES (Equitable and Sustainable

    • Authors: Emanuele Plata
      Pages: 14 - 26
      Abstract: The concept “Beyond GDP: The Italian methodology using BES” defines a complementary indicator of GDP which is able to point out a better and more complete economic measurement.
      This indicator is applicable at a national level, and also at a primary level of geographic area, defined as a homogeneous pedo-geo-climatic and cultural zone.
      Since richness and well-being for a nation are the result of a cumulative effect of all units which operate in a certain territory, from single citizen to families, from enterprises to social communities, our assumption is that BES should be a measurement effective not only at a national, regional and territory level, but even at the level of corporate organizations, and ultimately, of a specific company.
      PubDate: 2022-12-20
      DOI: 10.4468/2022.2.03plata
  • Sustainable Business Model Innovation: From Value Uncaptured to Value

    • Authors: Francesca Gennari
      Pages: 27 - 46
      Abstract: COVID-19 pandemic crisis threatened the stability of economy and the survival of many firms, but it has been also the chance to challenge the current economic development path and to rethink firms’ business models according to a more sustainable approach. Academic literature states that business model (BM)  innovation is a driver for the transition to sustainability. Sustainable business models (SBMs) incorporate sustainability vision in the main components of business model, which are value proposition, value creation and value capturing. Nevertheless, the usual approach to business models, based on a positive concept of value, can underestimate some areas of potential opportunities to catch. For this reason, in this paper we suggest to adopt a novelty approach that emphasizes the negative concept of value (value uncaptured) to identify unexploited value opportunities. This approach can help firms innovating their BMs towards SBMs.   
      PubDate: 2022-12-20
      DOI: 10.4468/2022.2.04gennari
  • Wellbeing: An HR Pathway to Sustainability

    • Authors: Elisa Corbetta, Enrico Gambi, Marco Poggi
      Pages: 47 - 61
      Abstract: Wellbeing is undoubtedly fundamentally important to society and businesses. The current health situation has placed the question of people’s health at the heart of day-to-day discussions, albeit on a different level. The deaths, suffering and hardship associated with the pandemic, and the urgency to deal with them, have brought about the reawakening of a general awareness, a renewed sensitivity to people’s wellbeing. Although a good thing, it has been attenuated by the effects of the pandemic and also the lifestyle that could cause many more victims.
      PubDate: 2022-12-20
      DOI: 10.4468/2022.2.05corbetta.gambi.poggi
  • Sustainability Through the “Nested” Luxury Retail Experience

    • Authors: Cecilia Pasquinelli, Serena Rovai
      Pages: 62 - 79
      Abstract: The sustainable luxury retailing debate remains in its infancy, with a gap concerning the modalities to integrate sustainability into the luxury retail brand experience. This paper aims to shed light on the sustainability implications for competitive luxury stores embedded in their hosting cities. It addressed the relationship between place and luxury retailing, discussing the research hypothesis of the store-hosting city connections as modalities to integrate sustainability into the luxury store experience. This study proposes two case studies, Favotell in Shanghai (China) and Luisaviaroma in Florence (Italy). A cross-case analysis supports the definition of a multi-level framework explaining the concept store experience. The three “nested” spatial levels are the store, the fashion city and the urban brandscape. Findings reveal drivers facilitating, differentiating, and innovating the luxury store experience and suggest research avenues on the social and territorial dimensions of sustainable retailing.
      PubDate: 2022-12-20
      DOI: 10.4468/2022.2.06pasquinelli.rovai
  • The Intangible Assets in the Green Transition of Firms: Empirical Insights
           from Italy

    • Authors: Gaetano Fausto Esposito, Marco Pini
      Pages: 80 - 95
      Abstract: We empirically investigate the simultaneous relationship between the various types of intangible assets and their effects on eco-innovation adoption through a sample of Italian manufacturing firms. The results highlight a positive influence of the intangibles on the likelihood to invest in eco-innovation. We observe, when focusing on the human capital, that while investments in only employee training only directly affect eco-innovation, the investments in management training for new business models indirectly influence eco-innovations by triggering the other intangible assets (R&D and intellectual property, Organizational capital, Open innovation).
      PubDate: 2022-12-20
      DOI: 10.4468/2022.2.07.esposito.pini
  • Sustainable Practice in an SME. The Case of OMB Saleri

    • Authors: Stefano Zane
      Pages: 96 - 101
      Abstract: Sustainability may appear to be the exclusive territory of larger businesses. By analysing the case of an SME we can get a better understanding of the essence of what sustainability means and its profound links to an organisation’s business idea and the essence of its corporate values.
      The corporate vision should be an integral part of the corporate culture, an asset of the business, and as such shared by the entire organisation. In this article we analyse the case of OMB Saleri spa, a company from Brescia (Italy) with 40 years of history behind it, operating in the sector of gas valves (for LPG, natural gas and hydrogen) 45 million of revenue and 220 employees starting with the entrepreneur himself (Paride Saleri) and his business concept.
      PubDate: 2022-12-20
      DOI: 10.4468/2022.2.08zane
  • The Retail Sustainable Approach

    • Authors: Ilaro Ghiselli
      Pages: 102 - 109
      Abstract: Retail through its commercial role can favor the development of more responsible forms of production that design products and production processes in order to minimize or eliminate negative social and environmental impacts: the constant action of product selection, the evolution of the assortments of the different categories offered, the selection of suppliers can favor various actions such as the reduction of environmental impact, manufacturing, transport, use, reuse / recycling and disposal ...But all these potential actions are not considered in ONU Agenda 2030 forgetting to include Retails’ responsibility together with Production and Consumption in SDG n. 12 the article on the contrary explains the centrality of retail distribution as real front desk between offer and demand impacting the human lifestyle .
      PubDate: 2022-12-20
      DOI: 10.4468/2022.2.09ghiselli
  • Space Economy, Innovation and Sustainability

    • Authors: Daniele Binci, Andrea Appolloni, Wenjuan Cheng
      Pages: 110 - 118
      Abstract: Space Economy (SE) is increasingly becoming relevant for business and management with impacts on many industrial segments (i.e. agriculture, transport, assurance and the environment) but also on sustainable practices (i.e. Agenda 2030). Despite the importance of SE for new business models and value creation processes in the ecosystem, theoretical approaches for the downstream space economy implementation are still quite limited in literature. Accordingly, this paper reports the results of an in-depth analysis of the main factors (i.e. Open innovation drivers and Digital Platform business model) that affect effective implementation of space value chain models
      PubDate: 2022-12-20
      DOI: 10.4468/2022.2.10binci.appolloni.cheng
  • Sustainability in the Workplace: A Global Concern

    • Authors: Luisa Bosetti
      Pages: 119 - 133
      Abstract: Health and safety in the workplace should be an integral part of any sustainable organization, regardless of its size, sector and geographical sphere of operations.  To ensure and maintain a healthy and safe work environment, companies should constantly identify and prevent all factors that could provoke work-related injuries and diseases. In particular, in today’s rapidly changing context, companies should carefully consider not only the traditional risks to the employees’ health and safety, but also the emerging ones associated with the ecological transition, the increasing digitalization of business processes, and the impact of climate change on working conditions. Adopting a theoretical approach, this study aims at explaining the relationship between occupational health and safety and corporate sustainable success.
      PubDate: 2022-12-20
      DOI: 10.4468/2022.2.11bosetti
  • Human-Machine Interaction and AI for Competitive Business in the Digital

    • Authors: Emanuela Delbufalo, Mirko Di Bernardo, Mario Risso
      Pages: 134 - 143
      Abstract: Digital innovation prompts reflection on the rationalization of business processes. Businesses are less restricted to organizational boundaries and increasingly linked to the technological evolution and the global economic and social context. Intelligent transformation supported by technological development requires a redefinition of business models and the roles assigned to artificial and human intelligence. The competitiveness of companies is the result of sustainable strategies and policies, striking the right balance between human and artificial intelligence. The study of human-machine interaction in decision-making processes appears to be crucial to the future of economic organizations, and thus should be extended beyond the bounds of techno-centric approaches. Mechanical thinking is left to the machines, while the human must be given the space and time to ensure creativity capable of creating value.
      PubDate: 2022-12-20
      DOI: 10.4468/2022.2.12delbufalo.dibernardo.risso
  • 5.0 as a New Stakeholder Responsibility

    • Authors: Fabio Fortuna, Andrea Paesano
      Pages: 144 - 155
      Abstract: This study explores the relationship between Industry 5.0 and Society 5.0 in the Business, Management and Accounting fields. After a short literature review about what Industry 5.0 means, this research analyzes the role of society 5.0 and the Company Stakeholder Responsibility. The purpose of this study is to explain whether the Society 5.0 can be a practical application of Company Stakeholder Responsibility (CSR). The practical implications are to allow scholars, researchers and entrepreneurs to more consciously regarding the human-centric approach in order to realize the goals of Society 5.0. This work shows a tool used within enterprise that can be represent a real application of 5.0 paradigm.
      PubDate: 2022-12-20
      DOI: 10.4468/2022.2.13fortuna.paesano
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