Call for Papers: Special Issue on Flexibility Approaches for Addressing Sustainable Development Goals

Guest Editors

Prof. Ernesto D.R. Santibanez Gonzalez, University of Talca, Chile

Prof. Idiano D’Adamo, Sapienza University, Italy

Prof. Massimo Gastaldi, University of L’Aquila, Italy  

Scope and Coverage

The universal adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which set out 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets is one of the major initiative towards socio, environmental and economic development globally.

Policy makers and decision makers are required to define and adopt efficient management practices for organizations and businesses that contribute to the achievement of these Sustainable Development goals. To collaborate in this line, researchers are challenged to update, change and provide theory, concepts and approaches to address the SDGs and the multidimensional impacts of them on governments, organizations and businesses around the world.

In this context, the multiple perspectives of flexible systems management can play a relevant role. Flexibility is defined as a capability nurtured systematically through the application of some initiatives oriented to enhance the organizational efficiency and performance (Shukla et al. 2019). The management identifies a process of optimization, in terms of flexibility, evaluating the best economic solution (Sushil 2015). The sustainable development goals and the associated sustainability concept extend this need to both social and environmental side.

This special issue aims to extend the current body of research and stimulate a debate on these aspects providing a support to theory and practice able to demonstrate the benefits of applying flexible systems management approaches on the various operations contexts such as manufacturing flexibility, information systems flexibility, marketing flexibility, and supply chain flexibility to tackle the SDGs.

Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Measuring the impact of competitive pressures, market variability and technological obsolescence on the sustainability
  • Identifying innovative policy proposals able to favour development and launch of green and sustainable products and services
  • Exploring the relationship between risk, vulnerability, resilience and flexibility of supply chain
  • Proposing indicators/methods suitable to define the sustainable competitive advantage and flexibility
  • Evaluating case studies on flexibility in various operations moving towards a low-carbon society
  • Assessing sustainable initiatives within value chain and its relationship with the concept of flexibility
  • Promoting analysis of bio-based products considering the impact of flexibility
  • Defining the role of the stakeholder management on SDGs

Useful References

Shukla, S. K., Sushil, & Sharma, M. K. (2019). Managerial Paradox Toward Flexibility: Emergent Views Using Thematic Analysis of Literature. Global Journal of Flexible Systems Management, 20(4), 349–370.

Sushil. (2015). Valuation of Flexibility. Global Journal of Flexible Systems Management, 16(3), 219–220.


•    Submission of Full Papers: March 31, 2021

•    Expected Publication: September 30, 2021

For more details and clarification

Authors may reach out to guest editors – Idiano D’Adamo ( or Massimo Gastaldi ( or Ernesto D.R. Santibanez Gonzalez (

Format of contribution

Articles submitted to the journal should be original contributions and should not be under consideration for any other publication at the same time. The format of research papers and ethical standards should comply with the styles of Global Journal of Flexible Systems Management at