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IFKAD-KCWS-2012 Conference Call for Papers

Conference call for papers from Journal of Intellectual Capital

A joint Conference of The Seventh International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics (IFKAD) & The Fifth Knowledge Cities World Summit (KCWS)
Theme: Knowledge, Innovation and Sustainability: Integrating Micro and Macro Perspectives
13-15 June 2012 - Matera, Italy

Selected papers from the conference will be published in special issues in the Journal of Knowledge Management and the Journal of Intellectual Capital.  Publication is anticipated to be in mid-2013.

Conference details

Successful international sister conference series of International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics (IFKAD) and Knowledge Cities World Summit (KCWS) decided, for the first time, to bring their energies and communities together and with this strengthened synergy to host their 2012 editions in a joint multi-disciplinary conference setting.

The IFKAD-KCWS-2012 joint conference aims to integrate two distinctive but at the same time highly overlapping perspectives – micro and macro – on knowledge-based development at the firm, organisation and city levels. This international conference encourages discussions on three critical dimensions of the development of 21st century – knowledge, innovation and sustainability. These three essential dimensions of knowledge-based development increasingly represent critical factors affecting the value creation capacity of organisational systems of both firms and organisations (at micro level) and cities (at macro level). Therefore, to prosper in the new complex and competitive business age of the global knowledge economy era firms, organisations and cities need to answer the following three critical questions that this joint conference aims to address:

  • How critical knowledge assets and knowledge-based development principles and frameworks significantly affect value creation mechanisms and development of firms, organisations and cities;

  • How to embed creativity and innovation in the planning, development and management processes of firms, organisations and cities to become more competitive in the era of global knowledge economy, and;

  • How to shape knowledge-based and sustainable firm, organisation and city development models to achieve economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, equitable socio-spatial order and good governance.

The IFKAD and KCWS community – the Global Knowledge-Based Development Community – is built on the premise that knowledge-based development and knowledge assets present the key value drivers of today’s organisations in both micro and macro levels. The theme for the IFKAD-KCWS-2012 has been selected acknowledging that in the era of global knowledge economy firms, organisations and cities are challenged to face an increasing complexity and to deal with competitive macro forces that are reshaping the competitive landscape. The IFKAD-KCWS-2012 is seeking to explore the role and the links between knowledge, innovation and sustainability with a perspective of bringing together and integrating micro and macro perspectives via a multi-disciplinary approach and delegate that identifies the critical current and future issues, challenges and opportunities.


Theoretical, empirical and practitioner papers are invited addressing research topics as follows. Firstly, papers discussing the traditional IFKAD and KCWS focuses on the role of knowledge assets and knowledge-based development in firm, organisation and city value creation, planning, development and management are invited from different perspectives such as the following:

  • Intellectual capital in the service economy;

  • Strategic performance management and intellectual capital;

  • Measuring and managing knowledge and intellectual capital;

  • Business models for intellectual capital;

  • Information systems for intellectual capital and knowledge management;

  • Knowledge-based economy and value generation;

  • Knowledge, emotions and aesthetic dimensions affecting  organisational behaviour;

  • Knowledge cities, regions, nations and societies;

  • Knowledge-based urban development;

  • Knowledge cluster, enterprise and organisations;

  • Creative class of knowledge workers; 

  • Creativity, innovation, technology and learning communities, and;

  • Sustainable urban development, climate change and quality of life;

  • Financial aspects of intangibles and intellectual capital

Secondly, the IFKAD-KCWS-2012 encourages especially contributions exploring the key theme of the conference and in particular the following perspectives:

  • Managing knowledge assets to shape sustainable firms, organisations and cities and integrating micro and macro perspectives;

  • Knowledge-based planning, development and management of firms, organisations and cities;

  • The role of creativity and innovation in knowledge-based development of firms, organisations and cities, and; 

  • The 21st century knowledge-based value drivers of innovation and sustainable development for firms, cities, clusters and networks.

Doctoral Consortium

Doctoral Consortium is a specific track of the IFKAD-KCWS-2012 conference dedicated to discussing the works of doctoral students. The idea is to provide a forum in which doctoral students are provided with particularly constructive feedback for developing their projects. Doctoral Consortium is targeted for Ph.D. students at any stage of their studies. The submission criteria for Doctoral Consortium papers are the same as for other academic papers.


For author guidelines and online submission procedure, please visit the official website of the conference: . All papers will undergo a double blind review process and all accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings. Following the conference, authors of the selected high quality papers will be invited to submit their papers for inclusion in Special Issues of high-impact international academic journals. The list of these journals will be placed at the conference website.

Key dates

  • Abstract submission due date: 15 January 2012

  • Abstract acceptance notification: 20 February 2012

  • Early-bird registration due date: 15 April 2012

  • Full paper submission due date: 25 April 2012

  • Registration due date: 25 May 2012


The location of the IFKAD-KCWS-2012 Conference is Matera, Italy. Matera is a beautiful city located in the Basilicata region in Southern Italy. The ancient part of Matera, named Sassi, represents a unique example of a cultural tradition and civilisation which stretches back to the Neolithic age and it is considered as one of the most enchanting places in the world. In fact, the old part of Matera is listed in the United Nations World Heritage list of cultural artefacts worth preserving at all cost.


Giovanni Schiuma, Tan Yigitcanlar and JC Spender
The IFKAD-KCWS-2012 Chairs, [email protected]