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Special Issue Call for Papers: Emerging Knowledge and Innovation in Event Management

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Event and Festival Management

Guest Editors

Leonie Lockstone-Binney, Martin Robertson and Olga Junek
Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

The events industry has grown exponentially in size and profile over the last decade. As it continues to grow, potentially to become an industry in its own right, distinct from its close leisure cousins, tourism, hospitality and sports, new areas of knowledge and demonstrated capacity for innovation will become increasingly important to facilitate the increasing number of strategic functions that events play (Allen, O’Toole, Harris & McDonnell, 2011; Jago & Deery, 2010). This is all the more the case in an environment of rapid social and technological change, and in light of the new dynamics of consumer led choice (Talwar, Hancock, Yeomans, & Padgett, 2010) where management must acknowledge an increasing range of internal needs and external responsibilities. Core areas of event management knowledge such as project management, risk management, logistics and financial management will need to rebalanced with new knowledge areas to ensure that the events industry is ready to adapt to global competition, the rapidly changing business environment and possible global crises.

Aim of the Special Issue

This special issue will draw together relevant research to shed light on new knowledge areas and case examples of innovation in event industry practice and event management education.
Potential emerging knowledge and innovation areas we wish to highlight, but are not limited to:
• Sustainability, in its broad and narrow sense
• Entrepreneurship
• Creativity
• Social media and social marketing
• Networking
• Cross-cultural capacity
• Mobile technology
• Cooperative and collaborative management
• Ethics and corporate social responsibility
• Knowledge management
• Adaptive capacity of staff and volunteers

Key Dates

Call for papers - May 2012
Expressions of interest – 30th June 2012
Deadline for paper submission - 31st October 2012
Feedback on paper – January 2013
Final manuscript submission - March 2013
Final submission of copyrighted paper to publisher - June 2013


Submissions from both academics and practitioners are now invited for this special issue of the International Journal of Event and Festival Management. Those who wish to contribute to the special issue are encouraged to express their interest and submit full papers as per the timeframe indicated above. Full papers will be double-blind reviewed. Submissions to International Journal of Event and Festival Management are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at
Early submissions are welcome. Further details on the Journal, including Author Guidelines, are available at
Please send submissions to:

Dr Leonie Lockstone-Binney
School of International Business
Victoria University
PO Box 14428
Melbourne Australia 8001
Email: [email protected]