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Knowledge transfer and organizational performance and business process: past, present and future researches

Special issue call for papers from Business Process Management Journal

This Special Issue has the purpose to investigate an emerging interest in knowledge transfer and organizational performance: past, present and future issues discussing the relationships between the transferability of knowledge and company performance management and outcomes. The importance of knowledge in obtaining high and positive results in the company system has been analysed from several perspectives in the international literature: the knowledge creation and transfer in and between organizations has been covered in several studies. However, the current knowledge economy highlights the relevance of understand if knowledge is transferable as well as which are variables influencing organizational performance.

Knowledge transfer into the organization and business processes is relevant to achieve high performance, innovation processes and competitive advantages. Organizational performance needs to be managed and monitored in order to control, address, communicate companies’ outcomes: the improvement of organisational performance derives also from sharing specific knowledge. In this direction, the proposition of adequate methods and analysis models is strategically relevant for management and organizational purposes, as they permit to draw positive outcomes in organisations and competitive business processes. Hence, the current scenario has led to a new knowledge and modern companies have gained a position of competitive advantage through the sectorial and specific knowledge, determining their success, total value and performance in the long-term.

In this way, the special issue is directed to discuss which are organizational performance and business processes issues in the past, present and future perspectives influenced by knowledge transfer.

Some of the questions we invite contributors to this special issue to ask are:

         What is the influence and the role of knowledge in organizational performance and business process?

         What are the connections between knowledge transfer and organizational performance and business process?

         What conditions, factors and contexts help knowledge to be transferable, for contemporary companies?

Subject coverage


Theoretical and empirical researches adopting qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods are encouraged. In this direction, we are looking for a wide range of papers contributing on the topic for the creation of a background in the field of knowledge transfer and organizational performance and business process.

Authors may include in the manuscripts the following topics: 

·         Knowledge transfer and organizational performance

·         Assessing knowledge relevance before and after the transfer

·         Measurement of organizational performance under the knowledge transfer

·         Knowledge management and business process

·         The impact of knowledge management on company performance

·         Evaluation methods for the assessment of knowledge transfer

·         Strategies in increasing knowedge value before and after the transfer

·         Knowledge transfer processes: accounting, managerial and organizational mechanisms

·         Knowledge in the light of their contribution in the company system

·         Knowledge management, performance and learning organization

Submission Deadline (Full Paper): 30 June 2017

Any specific instructions for submissions

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper. Please kindly read the Author Guidelines on the journal homepage before submitting your manuscript, to ensure it is consistent with the journal style. All papers must be submitted via the BPMJ ScholarOne site ( Please ensure that the correct special issue is selected from the drop down menu on the fourth page of the submission process. Paper will undergo at least double-blind, developmental reviews by a special review board tailored to this Special Issue. Final acceptance of approved papers will be contingent on incorporating reviewers' feedback to the satisfaction of the Guest Editors. For all additional information, contact Prof. Rosa Lombardi, Sapienza University of Rome at [email protected] 

Guest Editors

Prof. Rosa Lombardi (corresponding guest editor)

Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy


Prof. Raffaele Trequattrini

University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Cassino, Italy