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Knowledge management practices and strategies for open innovation

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Knowledge Management

2014 Impact Factor: 1.586

Guest Editors

Antonio Messeni Petruzzelli
Politecnico di Bari
[email protected]

Lorenzo Ardito
Politecnico di Bari
[email protected]

About the Special Issue

In the recent past, the open innovation paradigm has emerged as a widely discussed and implemented innovation practice. Specifically, it mainly implies a purposive outflows and inflows of knowledge to accelerate organizations’ internal innovation processes and better benefit from internal innovative efforts (e.g. Chesbrough et al., 2006; Chesbrough, 2006; Garavelli et al., 2013). Effectively managing the transfer and acquisition of knowledge is therefore pivotal to make open innovation as a valid practice (e.g., Lichtenthaler, 2011; Natalicchio et al., 2014), thus requiring effective knowledge management (KM) mechanisms.

This Special Issue will contribute to the literature on open innovation by including new insights about the KM practices favouring the implementation of open innovation strategies, as well as it attempts to theoretically advance the conceptualization of open innovation, by inviting articles reframing open innovation by employing a KM perspective. 

The special issue seeks international submissions featuring case-based or empirical papers presenting new insights into the following (but not limited to) topics:

  • Re-conceptualizing open innovation through a KM perspective
  • ICT tools supporting knowledge acquisition and transfer for open innovation
  • KM practices fostering the acquisition of customer knowledge for open innovation
  • Analyzing the moderation effects of KM mechanisms on the relation between organizational structure and open innovation modes
  • Analyzing the moderation effects of KM mechanisms on the relation between open innovation modes and innovative/financial performance
  • Managing knowledge along the open innovation process
  • Differences between KM for open innovation in SMEs and large companies
  • How to manage internal and external KM processes simultaneously
  • Individual-level attitudes favouring KM for open innovation
  • KM for different open innovation modes (e.g., alliances, M&A, markets for technology

Important Dates

Submission deadline:    September 30, 2016


Submissions to Journal of Knowledge Management are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system.

Articles should be between 6000 and 10000 words in length. This length includes references and appendices
Each paper is reviewed by the guest editors and, if it is judged suitable for publication in this Special Issue. Then, it will be sent to two independent referees for double blind peer review

For more information visit the journal's author guideline page

About the Journal of Knowledge Management

The Journal of Knowledge Management is a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to the exchange of the latest academic research and practical information on all aspects of managing knowledge in organizations. The journal publishes original research and case studies by academic, business and government contributors on strategies, tools, techniques and technologies for Knowledge Management. The focus of this journal is on the identification of innovative Knowledge Management strategies and the application of theoretical concepts to real-world situations. Read more here.