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Sustainability and the Digital transition: a literature review

Version 1 : Received: 18 January 2022 / Approved: 19 January 2022 / Online: 19 January 2022 (16:10:02 CET)

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Rosário, A.T.; Dias, J.C. Sustainability and the Digital Transition: A Literature Review. Sustainability 2022, 14, 4072. Rosário, A.T.; Dias, J.C. Sustainability and the Digital Transition: A Literature Review. Sustainability 2022, 14, 4072.


The digital transition processes have demonstrated an enormous capacity to develop and implement sustainable solutions, which allow solving several problems such as poverty, high rates of species extinction and lack of equal opportunity. However, little attention is paid to the connection between the digital transition and sustainability. Thus, a systematic review of the bibliometric literature was developed to fill this knowledge gap and demonstrate the potential contributions of the digital transition to environmental, economic and social sustainability aspects. In environmental sustainability, the digital transition involves the application of technologies such as AI, big data analytics, IoT, and mobile technologies that are used to develop and implement sustainability solutions in areas such as sustainable urban development, sustainable production and pollution control. In economic sustainability, emerging digital technologies can drive transformation into the more sustainable circular economy, the digital sharing economy, and establish sustainable manufacturing and infrastructure design. In the digital transition to social sustainability, the studies analyzed demonstrate the need for multidimensional policy perspectives to address the current digital divide. For effective management of the digital transition that achieves sustainability goals, the study discusses alternative approaches that include innovation through experimentation, and dynamic and sustainable advantages achievable through temporary benefits.


sustainability; digital transition


Business, Economics and Management, Marketing

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