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Knowledge Strategies: a new connection between strategic thinking and knowledge management capabilities

Special issue call for papers from VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems

Guest Edited by Prof. Constantin Bratianu of Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania and Ass. Prof. Ettore Bolisani at University of Padova, Italy, and President of International Association for Knowledge Managment.

What is the special issue about?

This Special Issue aims to explore this issue and welcomes papers focusing on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Strategic thinking and a knowledge-based view of the firm
  • New perspectives on strategic planning and knowledge strategies
  • Incorporation of knowledge strategies in corporate or business strategies
  • Strategies for improving internal management of knowledge
  • Strategies for improving the capability to exchange knowledge with external partners
  • Knowledge management and strategic planning; knowledge management strategies
  • Strategies for enhancing intellectual capital and organizational learning
  • Knowledge strategies and emotional capabilities of companies

Both theoretical papers (i.e. developing definitions, classifications, theories, or reviewing existing literature) and empirical studies (i.e. qualitative or quantitative studies: surveys, case studies, action research) will be considered.

Proposed Schedule

• Manuscript deadline: 31 January 2015
• Reviewer reports: 31 March 2015
• Revised paper submission: 31 May 2015
• Final Decisions: 30 June 2015
• Expected publication: end of 2015

Submissions guidance

All Papers should be 5,000 to 7,000 words in length and should not have been published previously in any other journal (print or electronic) format. Papers will be subjected to a double blind peer-review. All papers should follow the publisher's style and format and must be submitted through the journal electronic system (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/vine). The journal submission guidelines can be found at this link: Author Guidelines.

More information about the topic of the Special Issue

Knowledge strategies can be intented as strategies aiming at enhancing the level of organizational knowledge and its effective use in a company. Knowledge strategies imply the proper planning and implementation of knowledge generation, transfer and sharing activities, the adoption of measures to reduce knowledge loss, to prevent leakages, and to protect intellectual production.All this requires new reflections and fresh approaches to establishing a direct connection between strategic planning and knowledge management capabilities in companies.

In addition, since the necessity to exchange knowledge with external partners is integral part of the modern economic activities, organizations need to develop strategies not only to generate and manipulate knowledge internally, but also to acquire and deliver knowledge from/to the external environment. This can increase the chances of success in achieving competitive advantage which, in turn, reinforces the capability to manage knowledge resources.

The explicit consideration of knowledge strategies as part of the strategic formulation in a company implies a new mind set and cultural attitude of executives, and new conceptual and prescriptive framework for strategic planning.

Biography of the Guest Editors

Ettore Bolisani ("Laurea" in Electronic Engineering and PhD in Innovation Studies - University of Padua) was Researcher at the University of Trieste (1996), EU TMR Research Associate at the University of Manchester (1997) and Researcher at the University of Padua. From 2002 he is Associate Professor at the School of Engineering of the University of Padua (Department of Management and Engineering), where he teaches "Innovation Management" and "ICT in Business" at post-graduate level, and he is member of the Board of the Doctoral School of Management Engineering. He was visiting scholar at Coventry University (UK) and Erasmus visiting lecturer at Kaunas Technological University (LT). He has authored papers for peer-reviewed journals, conferences and edited books on topics such as: communities of practice, knowledge transfer, knowledge protection, KIBS, and knowledge measurement. He has participated in research projects at national and EU level, and provided consultancy and training courses to multinationals and small corporations. He was Chair of the 10th European Conference on Knowledge Management (2009). He is among the founders and is the first president of IAKM (International Association for Knowledge Managment).

Constantin Bratianu is Professor of Strategic Management and Knowledge Management at  Bucharest University of Economic Studies. He is the former Head of UNESCO Department for Business Administration, and the founding Director of the Research Center for Intellectual Capital. He was Visiting Professor at several universities from Austria, Egypt, Hungary, Japan, and U.S.A. His main academic interests are: knowledge dynamics, knowledge management, intellectual capital, strategic management and university management. He is co-editor of the academic journal Management Dynamics in the Knowledge Economy. He is a member of the scientific committees of the European Conference on Knowledge Management, European Conference on Intellectual Capital and International Conference of Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management and Learning Organization. He is a member of the International Association of Knowledge Management.