Sustainability Letters 2022-08-25T21:12:00+00:00 Editorial Office Open Journal Systems <p>With the aim of facilitating fast publication of important results, the journal only accepts short papers of between 3,500 to 6,000 words (including references, tables, and figures*). Our interest is in novel contributions to the existing literature. Submitted papers need to be succinctly written and need to clearly articulate contributions to the current state of the literature as well as practical implications of the research. Research questions need to be robustly founded within a theoretical framework, and efforts need to be made to demonstrate robustness of results.</p> <p> </p> <p>The journal contains several sections, each represented by their own editorial boards that are in close contact with the managing editors of the journal. We detail sections and topics covered within the sections below. When submitting to the journal, please select the appropriate section for the paper to be considered under.</p> <p> </p> <p>*Every figure/table accounts for 250 words.</p> The impact on motivation following the introduction of sustainability-based bonus-pay 2022-05-16T10:25:47+00:00 Emilie Parsons Christine Parkin Hughes <p>This small study investigates employee motivation following the introduction of a sustainability-linked financial incentive at a waste management company. Self-determination theory is used as a framework to explore the initial impact the bonus had on employees’ motivation to achieve sustainability goals since its introduction in January 2021. The case study explores the relationship between the extent to which the three basic psychological needs were met and the subsequent bearing this had on motivation. The findings highlight the importance of other factors such as company culture and the specific, moral intentions linked to sustainable acts, diminishing the importance of the three psychological needs being met.</p> 2022-10-24T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Emilie Parsons, Christine Parkin Hughes Valuing companies in transition 2022-01-25T15:36:23+00:00 Dirk Schoenmaker Willem Schramade <p>Transition management and corporate finance are separate disciplines. This article connects the two disciplines by developing a model of expected transition losses. It appears that adaptation to transition is a key determinant of a company’s long-term value. Companies that are early in the game can reap the first mover benefits. Companies that adapt later experience higher adaptation costs and may even not survive. The transition model helps companies to sharpen their strategy and cope with major sustainability transitions that are currently happening.</p> 2022-08-25T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Dirk Schoenmaker, Willem Schramade Pedagogy for the City as an Emergent Cognitive System for Sustainability 2022-08-25T08:02:02+00:00 Andrew Mitchell Muhammad U. Mazhar Aladdin Ayesh Mark Lemon Birgit Painter <p>In this short paper, we develop the case for moving away from the concept of a smart city in which the focus tends to be on shifting managerial responsibility onto computers. We offer the alternative conception of the city as an ecosystem, a complex adaptive system, and draw upon the biology of cognition to construe cognition as the skilful adaptation to living sustainably. Such skilful adaptations necessitate human operators and managers themselves to both develop necessary systemic redundancy to withstand future shocks, but also to acquire skills in multi-faceted domains and disciplines, including the use of Artificial Intelligence, to simulate future scenarios and to plan accordingly. To attain such skills and competencies, we briefly outline a viable and relevant transdisciplinary pedagogy for future city managers to develop smart sustainable cities.</p> 2022-08-25T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Andrew Mitchell, Muhammad U. Mazhar, Aladdin Ayesh, Mark Lemon, Birgit Painter