The year 2025 could be a year in which humanity, many eco-systems and biological species, and business sectors could hit the point of no return. This book aims to address the intersection between business, society, biodiversity and technology by the year 2025. This book seeks to analyze the challenges and transformations required to be able to have sustainable businesses with a future orientation. This volume targets contributions to provide elements on current and potential social, demographic, technological, and managerial trends; the implications of the digital revolution in society and business; as well as the challenges of surviving, being sustainable and profitable. Furthermore, we seek to provide an understanding on business reasons to incorporate a future orientation in business strategy, and to facilitate understanding of the need for profound changes in individual behavior, culture of the organizations, public policy and business environments to adapt to the accelerated changes, and to manage business with orientation to the future.

Therefore, with this book, we seek to (i) present a collection of evidence and analysis of the implications of the digital revolution in society and business, and the challenges of surviving, being sustainable and profitable; (ii) identify potential social, demographic, technological, and managerial trends by 2025; (iii) understanding of the need for profound transformations in individuals, the culture of organizations and the environment to adapt to accelerated changes, and managing organizations with a focus on the future.

Topics for this volume include, but not limited to:

  • Connection between sustainability and digital transformation.
  • After the 2030 sustainable development agenda.
  • What has been said about the future in the past. The past history of the future.
  • Industry 5.0: What does really mean the human touch revolution?
  • Challenges for humanity after 2025.
  • Challenges for business after 2025.
  • Challenges for governments after 2025.
  • Ethical challenges in the year 2025.
  • The geopolitical evolution and demographic characteristics by the second half of the 21st century.
  • The future of the world economy.
  • Models of development after the digital revolution.
  • Uncertainty and sustainability for international business. 
  • Disruptive innovations and the challenges to sustainable and inclusive development.
  • New conceptions of development.
  • The future of production and consumption.
  • Survival, sustainability and profitability.
  • Business challenges for agile and exponential organizations.
  • The challenges of inclusion: How to deal with the excluded.
  • Diversity with diversity by 2025: the new different ones.
  • Speed ​​as a competitive advantage.
  • Leadership of the future.
  • Emerging organizational forms (such as B Corporations and others).
  • Extra-planetary business.
  • Challenges on renewable energy.
  • Considerations of human development and happiness by 2025.
  • Utopian views of the future.
  • Positive impacts for humanity and business of automation and robotics
  • Positive impacts for humanity and the planet of climate change.
  • Techno-humanitarianism.
  • Opportunity-exploration paradigm.
  • More human humans: sensitivity, compassion and connection.
  • Political forces shaping the future.
  • Climate related forces shaping the future.
  • What will happen to the sustainable development goals that are not met?

Important dates:

  • Submission deadline for chapter proposals, emailed to by May 10th 2019
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection of chapter proposals: May 21st, 2019.
  • Deadline for full chapter: October 10th2019
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection of chapter: November 30th, 2019.
  • Deadline for submission of revised chapters: January 30th, 2020.
  • Estimated date of publication: End of first semester 2020.


  • Chapter Proposals: 250-500 words
  • It should contain provisional title
  • Author(s) information (name, affiliation, contact details)
  • Summary of chapter including main idea, preliminary conclusions, and list of reference.

Peer Reviewer Commitments:

  • Each accepted author must be willing to review several rounds of peer reviewed chapters by set deadlines during the October-November timeline.


Up to 10,000 words.

APA 6th manuscript formatting.

  • Accepted chapters will be compiled in a book, which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Editors:

Seung Ho "Sam" Park

Dr. Park is Professor and President’s Chair in Strategy and International Business and Executive Director of the Center for Emerging Market Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He was the Parkland Chair Professor of strategy and Director of the Center for Emerging Market Studies at CEIBS and the founding president of the Skolkovo-EY Institute for Emerging Market Studies and the Samsung Economic Research Institute China.

Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez

Dr. Gonzalez-Perez (PhD, MBS, Psy) is Full Professor of Management at Universidad EAFIT (Colombia). She is the Chapter Chair for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Academy of International Business (AIB) (2018-2021). She is Member of the global council of the Sustainable Development Goal  number 1 (SDG 1: End Poverty) of the World Government Summit (WGS). Furthermore, Alejandra is a Research Partner at the Center for Emerging Market Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. 

Dinorà Floriani

Dinorá Eliete Floriani is the Director for Professional master’s in science (MsC) in Management and International Business, and coordinates the Master of Business Administration (MBA).  Dinorá is Full Professor of Internationalization Strategy at University of Vale do Itajaí (UNIVALI)–Brazil. Visiting Professor at University of Florence in Italy and Halmstad University in Sweden.  She has been served as Board Member of the Academy of International Business – Latin America and Caribbean Chapter 2018-2021 (AIB-LAT). 

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