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Call for Papers: Work and Organization in the Age of Global Economic Crisis: Industrial Relations in the Post-Socialist Societies of Europe

Call for Papers

Work and Organization in the Age of Global Economic Crisis:
Industrial Relations in the Post-Socialist Societies of Europe

Special issue in European Journal of Industrial Relations
Guest Co-editors: Anna Soulsby, Graham Hollinshead, Thomas Steger

In this special issue, we invite comparative studies that examine growing insecurities in the fields of work, organization and employment in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), including the effects of migration, in the context of the international ‘crisis of capitalism’. We are interested in research that investigates local responses (at the levels of the workplace, establishment or industry) to the spread of uncontrolled market forces in the region and makes connections to debates in the wider social sciences. We are particularly interested in studies which analyse the latest phases of transition in CEE as subject to contestation and negotiation by a plurality of groupings within economy and society, and which bring to the fore the significance of class, gender and ethnicity. We welcome submissions which capture the unevenness of developments since the financial crisis through comparative analysis of changes in the institutional arrangements impinging on work and employment. We also wish to explore whether, and how, the particularly hostile environment for trade unionism in CEE is creating new avenues for renewal and reinvention, and whether the resourcefulness and imagination exhibited by trade unionists in the region offer real learning opportunities for the international labour movement.

Deadline for submission of extended abstracts (max. 1000 words not including references): 29.12.2014

Deadline for submission of full papers: 31.7.2015

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Call for Papers: The long and winding road of employee ownership

Call for Papers

The long and winding road of employee ownership –
What can we learn from the experiences with Employee Share Ownership and Employee Owned Companies in Central and Eastern Europe before, during, and after transformation?

9th International Conference in Critical Management Studies, Sub-Theme
8-10 July, 2015; Leicester

Convenors: Olaf Kranz, Mihaela Lambru, Claudia Petrescu, Thomas Steger

The academic literature on ESOP and EOC in CEE is characterized by at least two omissions. First, it remains rather silent about the relationship between EOC and ESOPs in CEE countries, though ESOP has been widely used as an instrument of mass privatization in several CEE countries and has led to majority employee share ownership (ESO) in a large number of firms. This neglect reminds us of the fact that despite close topical, theoretical, and empirical associations, the phenomena of EOC and ESOP have scarcely been discussed together in the academic discourse at all. Ironically, while the EOC literature stresses the negative aspects of this specific employee ownership form, such as the degenerative tendencies and a limited viability of EOCs, the ESOP literature propagates the positive aspects of ESO, such as identification with the firm or productivity gains.

Second, the academic discussion on the role of ESOPs and EOCs in the transformation process in CEE countries is rather disconnected from the traditional discourse about the emancipatory role of ESOPs and EOCs in the Western world. Moreover, there are hardly any references made to the debate about ‘labor-managed-firms` in ‘labor-managed’ or ‘mixed’ economies, which had a very strong theoretical basis in terms of the “Illyrian Firm” (B. Ward) or the “pure rental firm” (M.C. Jensen & W.H. Meckling) . Ironically, in particular neoliberal scholars have suggested that ESOPs or even EOC could work well as instruments for mass privatization during the economic transformation in CEE. Thus, participatory ways of organizing are utilized by politics and management as a vehicle to transform firms towards the normal corporate form. Moreover, the implications of the rather sharp and fast decline of ESO and EOCs in the CEE countries following privatization has not been systematically reflected in the literature yet.

Thus, our current understanding of ESOPs and EOCs in CEE is limited by a lack of coherent empirical data, by a lacking connection of the experiences in CEE during transformation to the strong theoretical tradition, and by a lack of studies comparing the experiences made in CEE with the experiences made in Western countries. Against this background, the sub-theme aims (a) to advance our knowledge on the structures and processes at the individual, organizational, and societal levels that are germane to participatory types of organization; (b) to draw lessons from the CEE experiences for western countries; and (c) to learn about the behavior of participatory types of organization and of individuals in such organizations in different institutional settings.

For this purpose, we are looking for both theoretical and empirical studies that focus on micro, meso or macro levels of analysis based on qualitative and/or quantitative methods.

Deadline for submission of abstracts (max. 500 words): 31.1.2015

Further Information on Call for Papers (9th International Conference in Critical Management Studies)

Further Information on related Call for Papers (Special Issue in Organizacija)

Call for Papers: Perspectives on Sustainable Consumption (Seminar & Special Issue of Management Revue)

Call for Papers

Perspectives on Sustainable Consumption
20.-24.4.2015, Seminar at the IUC Dubrovnik & Special Issue of Management Revue

Ortrud Leßmann, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg (Germany); Torsten Masson, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ Leipzig (Germany); Wenzel Matiaske, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg (Germany); Simon Fietze, University of Southern Denmark

The problem of sustainability has received serious attention since the Club of Rome pointed to the limits of growth in 1972. Addressing ecological, economic and social issues, it is still a major – perhaps the biggest – challenge humanity faces. The problem demands attention by actors from all social levels. On the micro-level, sustainable consumption is often regarded as the major way how individual consumers can contribute to sustainable development. By now a growing number of people are aware that many consumption habits have to be changed because they are in conflict with the goal of sustainable development. Yet, there is a gap between knowledge and action. Much research has been done in the last 30 years on sustainable consumption, exploring the motivations, practices, opportunities, and drivers for sustainable consumption from economic, psychological and sociological perspectives. Despite this multidisciplinary effort and the often interdisciplinary nature of research on sustainable consumption, there is room for broadening the perspectives further. In particular, the link between political participation and sustainable consumption as a political statement as well as the link between various forms and objectives of political consumption deserves more attention. Further, the impact of societal inequality on sustainable consumption has not gained much attention. Especially research on the interaction between inequality, issues of security and precariousness, political participation and consumption behavior is lacking.

In the special issue and the corresponding seminar (IUC Dubrovnik,, 20.-24. April 2015), we would like to discuss our topic in an adequately broad and interdisciplinary way.

Deadline for potential contributors to the seminar at the IUC Dubrovnik are encouraged to contact the guest editors directly with an abstract of 1-2 pages before January 31st 2015. Full papers for the special issue of management revue must be with the editors by July 31st 2015.

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Call for Papers: Arbeit und Soziale Sicherheit

Call for Papers

Arbeit und Soziale Sicherheit
3. Rhein-Ruhr Promovendensymposium
12./13.3.2015, Duisburg

Organisations- und Programmkomitee:  Prof. Dr. Brigitte Unger (WSI), PD Dr. Martin Brussig (IAQ), Prof. Dr. Marcel Erlinghagen (IfS)

Das Rhein-Ruhr Promovendensymposium ist eine Veranstaltung, die gemeinsam vom Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Institut (WSI) in der Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, Düsseldorf sowie dem Institut Arbeit und Qualifikation (IAQ) und dem Institut für Soziologie (IfS) der Universität Duisburg-Essen organisiert wird.

Die jährlich ausgerichtete Veranstaltung richtet sich an Promovendinnen und Promovenden unterschiedlicher sozialwissenschaftlicher Disziplinen und angrenzender Fächer (z.B. Soziologie, Wirtschaftswissenschaft, Politikwissenschaft), deren laufende Doktorarbeit einen Zusammenhang mit dem Oberthema „Arbeit und Soziale Sicherheit“ aufweist. Im Rahmen des Symposiums besteht für die Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer die Möglichkeit, ihre im Entstehungsprozess befindliche Arbeit vorzustellen und mit erfahrenen Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern sowie anderen Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden intensiv zu diskutieren. Dabei sind sowohl theoretisch-konzeptionelle als auch empirische oder sozialpolitische Arbeiten gleichermaßen erwünscht.

Interessierte Promovendinnen und Promovenden können sich für die Präsentation ihrer Arbeit bewerben, indem sie bis zum 15. September 2014 eine Zusammenfassung ihres Vorhabens (maximal 3.000 Zeichen) einreichen. Eine Entscheidung über die Annahme des Vortragsvorschlags fällt spätestens bis zum 15. November 2014. Angenommene Bewerberinnen und Bewerber müssen den Organisatoren dann bis spätestens 31. Januar 2015 einen zusammenhängenden Aufsatz (maximal 60.000 Zeichen) zusenden.

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University of Southern Denmark: Assistant Professorship in Global Business Economics

The Department of Border Region Studies (IFG) at the University of Southern Denmark invites applications for an Assistant Professorship in Global Business Economics with focus on institutions and innovation in regional development.

The position as Assistant Professor is to be filled by January 1st, 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter, and has a time limit of three years.

This position is one of six full-time academic positions of the newly established Danfoss Center of Global Business (DCGB) at the IFG. The Center is co-financed by a donation from the Bitten & Mads Clausen Fund and funds from the University of Southern Denmark. The vision of the DCGB is to build a high profile, high quality research and teaching pole in the field of global business economics. Formal and informal relations to similar international research centers are currently being established.

The Department of Border Region Studies is part of the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, is located in Sønderborg and rooted in the unique history of the Southern Danish border region. It has lively relationships with the business community and with public, private and cultural institutions of the region.

The Department constitutes of an international and interdisciplinary unit with scholars organised around three research groups focusing on (a) Regional Economics & Development, (b) People & Society in Border Regions and (c) Global Business Relationships (GBR).

The DCGB is an independent unit in its research and teaching focus, yet is closely related to the GBR research group.

The Department offers teaching on all levels within Business Administration, Business Relationship Management, European Studies and Regional Economics.

There are approximately 800 students from about 50 countries enrolled at the Department and teaching is conducted in English only.

The Department offers one of the most modern office and research facilities in Denmark. Please visit our website for more information on Campus Sønderborg.

Job description:
The successful candidate is expected to further the development of research and teaching in the above areas within the DCGB and the Department as a whole, and is expected to develop an independent research programme.

The position includes teaching and supervision at the BSc, MSc and PhD level, course development, and contributing to administrative tasks. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute towards raising external competitive research funds, and to be willing to engage in collaborative research and teaching.

The DCGB offers resources for conference travel, research assistants and software requirements.

Applicants are expected to have strong quantitative skills (econometrics) and conduct research/have research experience in the following areas:

  • institutions and organisations in a global business and cultural context (the extent to which institutions can explain cross-border differences in innovative activities)
  • micro econometric analyses of regional business growth

Candidates with some knowledge of the Danish research landscape and local knowledge of firms in the Danish-German border region will be preferred.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Director of the DCGB, Prof. Bodo Steiner, e-mail or phone +45 6550 1221.

Application, salary etc.:
An application must include:

  • A detailed CV
  • Certificates/Diplomas (Master and PhD degree)
  • Information on teaching experience or other forms of knowledge communication
  • A complete list of publications, indicating which publications are most relevant for the position
  • Up to 5 of the most relevant publications. Please upload a pdf-file for each publication and if the publication has been co-authored, co-author statements must be a part of this pdf.
  • Documented experience with research leadership
  • A list of other qualifications relevant for the position
  • A research and publication plan for the next 3 years
  • References

Appointment to the position requires a PhD degree or equivalent in Business Administration/Economics or in a closely related field. You are expected to have published reviewed journals, or be able to demonstrate that such publications are forthcoming. Strong quantitative skills are required for this position.

Teaching experience at both undergraduate and graduate level is an advantage. This must be documented such that it is possible to objectively assess the quality of the teaching.
Appointment to the position will be in accordance with the salary agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
An assessment of the registrered applications will be done under the existing Appointment Order for universities and the applications will be assessed by an assessment committee.
The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material.

When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her.

As part of the overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, an interview may be applied.

Applications that are incomplete with regard to the above requirements will not be assessed by the committee.

The University encourages all interested persons to apply, regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link below.
Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked) or Word format.

Read the guideline for the applicants

Each field can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.



8th International Research Workshop „Methods for PhD“

„Methods for PhD“
8th International Research Workshop
28.9.-3.10.2014; near Flensburg

Empirical research is seeking through methodological processes to discover, hopefully, nontrivial facts and insights. Beside choosing a topic and grounding an idea in theory, empirical research consists of gathering and analysing data as well as presenting results in scientific contexts in order to contribute new issues to the body of acquired knowledge – not only to someone‘s own but also to that of others.

The workshop tackles these steps of your research project:

  • Gathering data via (un)structured interviews and analysing standardized survey data,
  • using the computer for qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

These steps will strengthen the cooperation in empirical research to boost and streamline ones project.

In detail the following courses will be offered:

Parallel Courses in the morning (September 28-October 1):

  • Data Analysis with R
  • Data Analysis with Stata
  • Qualitative Research Methodology and Design Strategy
  • Expert Interviews
  • Introduction to German Data Sets

Parallel Courses in the afternoon (September 28-October 1):

  • Spatial and Panel Econometrics
  • Questionnaire Design
  • Qualitative Compartive Analysis (QCA) and Fuzzy Sets
  • Structural Equation Modelling with R
  • Case Study Research

Parallel Courses at the SDU (October 2):

  • Introduction to MaxQDA
  • Network Analysis
  • Mixed Methods
  • Academic Writing
  • Theoretical and Applied Aspects of Survey Sampling

The International Research Workshop is organised by

  • Prof. Dr. Wenzel Matiaske, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of Federal Armed Forces and Research Professor at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Simon Fietze, Department of Border Region Studies, University of Southern Denmark, Campus Sønderborg
  • Dr. Heiko Stüber, Institute for Employment Research (IAB), The Research Institute of the Federal Employment Agency in Nuremberg

The workshop is supported by

  • Vidensregion/Wissensregion Syddanmark * Schleswig-Holstein (Interreg 4A)
  • University of Flensburg
  • University of Hamburg, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
  • University of Hamburg, School of Business
  • Leuphana University Lüneburg, Faculty of Economics
  • GESIS – Leibniz Institute of the Social Sciences
  • Werkstatt für Personal- und Organisationsforschung e.V.
  • German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) at the DIW Berlin

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Call for Papers: Arbeitszeiten der Zukunft: Selbstbestimmt, geschlechtergerecht, nachhaltig!

Call for Papers
WSI-Herbstforum 2014
Arbeitszeiten der Zukunft: Selbstbestimmt, geschlechtergerecht, nachhaltig!
27./28. November 2014, Berlin

Das diesjährige WSI-Herbstforum widmet sich den Herausforderungen zur (Neu-)Gestaltung von Arbeitszeiten vor dem Hintergrund bedeutender wirtschaftlicher, betrieblicher und sozialer Entwicklungen der letzten Jahre. Zum einen besteht derzeit eine massive Arbeitslosigkeit in Europa, insbesondere in Südeuropa, die evtl. über eine Umverteilung der Arbeitszeit reduziert werden könnte. Zum anderen erfordern aber auch technologische und betriebswirtschaftliche Entwicklungen ein Umdenken. So hat die Nutzung neuer Technologien und neuer Formen der Arbeitsorganisation (z. B. Leistungssteuerung der Beschäftigten über Marktkennzahlen) zu einem signifikanten Anstieg der Arbeitsverdichtung und weiterer psychischer Arbeitsbelastungen geführt. Auch kommt es mit dem Anstieg der Frauenerwerbsarbeit zur Herausforderung, Arbeit und Familie bzw. Pflegetätigkeiten zu verbinden. Aber auch der demografische Wandel stellt Herausforderungen an die Arbeitsorganisation. Ältere Mitarbeiter werden immer unverzichtbarer für Arbeitgeber, jedoch ist ihre Beschäftigungsfähigkeit häufig begrenzt.

Die wachsenden Qualifikationsanforderungen führen darüber hinaus zur Notwendigkeit kontinuierlicher Aus- und Weiterbildung der Beschäftigten während und außerhalb der Erwerbstätigkeit. Dies ist mit hoher Wochenarbeitszeit in Verbindung mit der Erwartung flexibler Einsatzbereitschaft schwer umzusetzen. Nicht zuletzt verändern sich aber auch die Arbeitszeitbedürfnisse von Beschäftigten. Männer wollen mehr Zeit für die Familie und Aktivitäten außerhalb der Arbeit haben, Frauen wollen mehr Zeit in ihre Erwerbstätigkeit und ihr berufliches Fortkommen investieren.

Diese Entwicklungen bedürfen einer vertieften Auseinandersetzung mit Optionen für kürzere und an den Interessen der Beschäftigten orientierte Arbeitszeiten. Flexible Arbeitszeiten und Arbeitszeitoptionen können Beschäftigte unterstützen, z. B. bei der Integration von Arbeit und Leben. Flexible Arbeitszeiten bringen jedoch auch Probleme für die Beschäftigten mit sich: die Intensivierung von Arbeit, zunehmende psychische Erkrankungen und Vereinbarkeitsprobleme deuten darauf hin. Neue Konzepte darüber, wie wir zukünftig arbeiten wollen und wie viel Zeit wir in Arbeit investieren wollen, müssen entwickelt werden. Die Zunahme der Frauenerwerbsarbeit macht zudem die Umverteilung von Arbeitszeiten im Job und im Haushalt unerlässlich.

Das WSI-Herbstforum diskutiert diese Herausforderungen in einer interdisziplinären Perspektive. Die Zeitbedarfe verschiedener Beschäftigtengruppen, Zeit für Familie und Freizeit ebenso wie die Verteilung der Arbeitszeiten von Männern und Frauen stehen im Fokus der Debatte.

Wir interessieren uns vor allem für:

  • Unterschiede zwischen der tatsächlichen Arbeitszeit von Beschäftigten und ihrer Arbeitszeitpräferenzen im Lebensverlauf
  • Konzepte zur Gestaltung betrieblicher Leistungspolitik und Arbeitszeit
  • bessere Integration von Arbeit und Leben
  • Konzepte zur Gewährleistung von Zeitsouveränität der Beschäftigten
  • Genderspezifische Arbeitsarrangements
  • Konzepte zur Arbeitszeitverkürzung

Beiträge für das WSI-Herbstforum 2014 können in Form eines Abstracts (max. 300 Wörter) bis zum 30.06.14 an Toralf Pusch oder Yvonne Lott gesendet werden. Vorträge sind in Deutsch und Englisch willkommen.

Call for Papers: Labour Time – Life Time

Call for Papers

Special Issue of Management Revue
Labour Time – Life Time

Wenzel Matiaske, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg (Germany); Simon Fietze, University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg; Gerd Grözinger, University of Flensburg (Germany); Doris Holtmann, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg (Germany)

Ever since the beginning of industrialization the fight for the reduction of working hours was considered the way out of the “kingdom of necessity”. It was only in the 1980s, in the course of a decentralized organization in worldwide networks, that the paradigm changed to more flexible forms of working time management. This is no longer an issue of the collective actors alone but also of the individuals who have to cope with the increasing time flexibility in a socio-structurally differentiated way. From trust-based working hours to on-call duty, from the core workforce with a 35-hour week to temporary work: the contemporary organization of working time took since long already various forms. In addition, the ongoing economic crisis leads in many European countries to forced over-employment and under-employment at the same time.

At the same time the topics are changing under which the problems of the “flexible character” in balancing different aspects of life are discussed in (human resource) management, psychology and sociology. Role conflicts, the balance of work, free time and family or burnout as a possible consequence are keywords which show that work and work time cannot be separated from life time.

In the special issue, we would like to discuss our topic in an adequately broad and interdisciplinary way. We are particularly interested in questions such as:

  • Disparities of working time and desired working hours in the course of time
  • Quantitative and qualitative working-time regimes
  • Time-related stress and wealth in time
  • Balancing life domain work conflict
  • Models of labour time re-distribution
  • Externalities of problematic working time arrangements, e.g. influences on family life, happiness, fertility etc.

This is not an exhaustive list.

Full papers for this special edition of ‘management revue’ must be with the editors by July 31st, 2014. All submissions will be subject to a double blind review process. Please submit your papers electronically via the journal submission system using ‘Labour Time – Life Time’ as article section.

Hoping to hear from you!

Wenzel Matiaske,
Simon Fietze,
Gerd Grözinger,
Doris Holtmann

Call for Chapters Contributions: Dimensions and Perspectives on Financial Participation in Europe

Call for Chapters Contributions:
Dimensions and Perspectives on Financial Participation in Europe
(to be published by Nomos Publishing with ISBN and eISBN)

Simon Fietze & Wenzel Matiaske (eds.)

While the PEPPER reports give an overview over the spread of employee financial participation (EFP) and the legislation in the different European countries, there have only been a few conferences and workshops addressing a broad perspective on research into this topic. In January 2014 the conference ‘Taking Action: Promotion of Employee Share Ownership (ESO)’ promoted an ongoing debate on EFP in Europe. The conference highlighted the positive impact of employee share ownership on employees and the organisation. The results were concrete policy options to further promote EFP at EU level. The idea for this book arose one year before during the workshop ‘Dimensions and Perspectives on Financial Participation in Europe’ which brought together leading researchers in the field of EFP (Andrew Pendleton, Erik Poutsma, Jens Lowitzsch, amongst others) presenting their recent studies and showing the broad perspective and different research approaches to the topic.

To contribute to the ongoing political and scientific debate the main purpose of the book is to produce a systematic overview of the employee financial participation field, providing a state of the art perspective and highlighting unanswered questions and opportunities for further research on EFP in European countries. It is intended to tie the empirical and theoretical discussion together. Chapter proposals from various disciplinary perspectives (management, psychology, sociology and economics) and methodological approaches (qualitative and quantitative as well as theoretical contributions) will be welcome. All units of analysis (individual, group/team, business units, the organisation and the interrelation between them) are appropriate. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Country Reports:

  • Dimensions and perspectives on financial participation in Europe on a country level (e.g. using recent (panel) data sets)
  • Comparative dimensions and perspectives on financial participation (comparing two or more countries) also drawn from non-European countries/regions

Case Studies:

  • Individual and organizational perspectives on financial participation, including
  • The range from employee share ownership plans to co-operatives and employee-owned enterprises
  • The role of trade unions and work councils and social partners
  • Development and consequences of psychological ownership, social capital, organisational and individual identification inter alia

Submission Procedure

  • Submission of 1-2-page chapter proposal to both editors: 15 July 2014
  • Notification of acceptance: 30 August 2014
  • Submission of chapters (max. 10.000 words): 15 December 2014
  • (followed by an editorial review)
  • Publication date: March 2015

Further details and discussion are welcome:

  • Asst. Professor Dr. Simon Fietze, University of Southern Denmark: email:
  • Professor Dr. Wenzel Matiaske, Helmut-Schmidt-University: email:

Management Revue: Call for Papers – Innovation Management and Innovation Networks

Call for papers

Special Issue
Innovation Management and Innovation Networks

Innovation is the creation and transformation of new knowledge into new products, processes, or services that meet market needs. As such, innovation creates new businesses and is the fundamental source of growth in business and industry and can be the key driver for the creation of more sustainable economies and company strategies.

The ability to generate and sustain innovation has become critical for companies as markets grow more global, open, and competitive, and as customer expectations grow more diverse and demanding.

This special issue wants to cover the current issues in innovation management and innovation networks and is interested in topics like:

  • The impact of new sustainability requirements on the dynamic capabilities that a firm should develop and sustain to remain innovative and therewith competitive in turbulent environments. In particular, which new innovation capabilities are required to integrate environmental, social and financial objectives?
  • How, and under what conditions, do entrepreneurs in developing countries innovate? And what can be done to support innovation by entrepreneurs in developing countries?
  • Balancing capability building for radical and incremental innovations. Incremental innovation capabilities consist of skills and competences that refine existing products, while radical innovation capabilities are covering skills which are needed to significantly transform existing products or services. What kind of learning creates capabilities needed for the generation of incremental or of radical innovations? What kind of lessons can be taken respectively how to manage the process of developing capabilities in innovation management?
  • Analysis of innovation networks: Economic operations and thus innovations are embedded in social relations and structures. Therefore, the organizational units that create innovation are not individual businesses, but usually networks. From a resource point of view, networks hold a variety of advantages for their members, such as access to material and immaterial resources, information and knowledge. How can the new role of intermediaries as an architect of collective exploration and creation of knowledge in open innovation be described? What are the key variables in the process of managing innovation networks? Any kind of discussions and analysis of innovation networks are welcome.

This is not an exhaustive list.

Full papers for this special edition of ‚management revue‘ must be with the editors by July 31st, 2014. All submissions will be subject to a double blind review process. Please submit your papers electronically via the journal submission system at using ‚Innovation Management‘ as article section.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Susanne Gretzinger, University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg
Simon Fietze, University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg
Wenzel Matiaske, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg (Germany)