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Knowledge Management Systems and Organizational Dynamics


Special issue call for papers from Kybernetes

Guest editor:

Elena-Mădălina Vătămănescu- madalina.vatamanescu@facultateademanagement.ro


Nowadays, social systems are experiencing new and unprecedented challenges simultaneously driven by external influences and internal dynamics and, thus, a proper capitalization of knowledge management systems emerges as the leeway towards organizational effectiveness. The rapid, yet substantial transformations which take place within the organizational realms have consistently reverberated into the focus of both academia and practice, the issue of knowledge management systems immersing into various fields and disciplines. What was once thought to be a fashionable approach on organizational phenomena has progressively grown into a multilevel reality – either approached from a macro or a micro angle, the imperative for designing and developing knowledge-based strategies and flows has become topical and compelling.

While leading scholars constantly investigate multifactor models and methods to capture the influence of systemic knowledge harnessing on organizational dynamics and further on organizations’ effectiveness, performance and innovation, decision makers display a more intensive propensity towards harvesting, storing, generating and leveraging both existing and novel (re)sources of knowledge. In this vein, adapting knowledge management systems to specific organizational contexts is liable to lead to sustainable business models, subsequently enhancing the capacity of societies, communities, organizations and individuals to wisely use and benefit from knowledge.

Giving credit to a systemic approach to organizational phenomena, the special issue is intended to shed light on knowledge management strategies and practices which reshape the organization’s processes and flows at all levels. Even through the importance and relevance of knowledge management principles and actions are widely acknowledged among both researchers and practitioners, a multifold perspective on their capitalization in various fields and industries is likely to bring new insights into their practical and social implications. Here, the integration of knowledge management systems and organizational dynamics into an overall framework would enrich the current approaches by including novel factors and relationships conducive to organizational effectiveness, performance and innovation.

The special issue is intended as an inter- and transdisciplinary kernel of knowledge consisting of both conceptual endeavours and research papers based on new methodological designs and research techniques. Its aim is to foster a comprehensive outlook on topical organizational phenomena through the lens of the knowledge management systems, from a threefold perspective: operational, tactical and strategic. In this sense, it aims at availing multidimensional methods and models for a proper assessment of knowledge management systems which go beyond unidirectional and monolithic approaches and standpoints. Its goal is to provide added value to both current specialized literature and to organizational best practices challenged by unprecedented external influences and internal pressures: managerial mindset transformations, technological disruptions, digitization, competitiveness and sustainability, internationalization and globalization.

Themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Knowledge dynamics within competitive organizations
  • Knowledge management systems and novel business models
  • Knowledge management systems and sustainability
  • Knowledge-based networks and organizational performance / innovation
  • Knowledge management systems in knowledge-intensive organizations / industries
  • Knowledge stocks and flows and technological disruptions
  • Knowledge management systems and intellectual capital
  • Organizational dynamics in the knowledge economy


Submission Guidelines

Papers submitted must be original, and comply with submission guidelines for Kybernetes. Papers must be submitted via the journal review management website. All articles will be subjected to a rigorous double blind peer review process. Initial enquiries can be made through email to the Guest Editor in the first instance.


Submission Deadlines:

•    31 March, 2019: Submission deadline.
•    November 2019: Planned publication date.