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Collaborative firms, networks and social media: implications for management research and practice

Special issue call for papers from Management Research Review


Guest Editors: Manlio Del Giudice, Elias G Carayannis, Anna Elvira Graziano, Veronica Scutto

The knowledge economy has asserted itself. Digital information and communication, social media and new technology platforms are improving connectivity and collaboration among firms and their customers. A growing number of firms are embedded in the digital scenario. A vast majority of marketers declare that social networking sites (SNSs) are important for their business. A virtual collaborative approach has become more prevalent. New managerial capabilities, based on cooperation, knowledge sharing, innovation, access to information through the web and innovative communication technologies are all occurring. Essentially, work needs to be completed to help prepare management for the “Enterprise 2.0” future.

Even with these advances, the effect of the use of digital platforms on management process is relatively unexplored. Scholarship in this field has focused research on SNSs as marketing tools, on how these channels improve marketing communication effectiveness, and how they may benefit firms’ innovation performance.

The digital platforms such as social networks, virtual communities, forum, and blogs among others are useful tools of socialization, communication and knowledge management for contemporary firms, going beyond some of the basic research streams. They increase bidirectional relationships among firm and stakeholders (clients, suppliers, competitors) as well as long-term value creation. Focusing on management issues can set the foundation for new managerial philosophies and thought and may be related to the following aspects:
• Adoption of flexible managerial processes and innovative thought;
• New technologies and collaborative processes for management;
• Utilization of platforms and virtual communities in order to develop new management tools/processes/products;
• Connection of corporate strategy to evolving and new organizational models with business networks as a foundation;
• Development of new knowledge sharing and management tools for open innovation

Enterprise 2.0 structures produce, develop, and distribute goods and services using the latest innovations and open source principles.
We aim to inspire and encourage scholars with an interest in topics such as digital platforms, knowledge sharing tools, and management practices for collaborative enterprises to consider submitting their high quality research to this special issue. We welcome both theoretical work and empirical research using quantitative or qualitative methods. All articles should demonstrate relevance to the understanding of social media and its implications for collaborative business.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Social networking sites framework and their application to different sectors (e.g. industry, services, banking, etc.) and countries;
• Collaborative organizational approaches in the knowledge economy;
• Management practices for collaborative firms and networks;
• Collaborative relationships based on intellectual capital theories;
• Development and management of Enterprise 2.0;
• Social media and financial markets: implications and business relationships;
• Social network-based firms and entrepreneurship;
• Knowledge management and sharing for the Enterprise 2.0;
• Management practice for new technology platforms; peer production and open sources;
• Open innovation and crowdsourcing;
• Relationships between IT, social media and entrepreneurial thinking;
• Management stools for collaborative start-ups;
• Performance models, accounting models and corporate strategies for the Enterprise 2.0 and for the collaborative firm;
• Community and network of practices based on social networking sites;
• Production processes based on management collaborative digital tools;
• Application of social networking tools effects of the use of SNSs on firm governance and performance.

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Important Dates
• Submission Deadline (Full Paper): 15 July 2017
• Notification of Acceptance/Revisions (Full Paper): 15 August 2017
• Final paper production deadline: 30 November 2017
• Publication Date: expected in 2018

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Articles should be between 6,000-8,000 words in length, although longer papers will be considered. Publication of the special issue is planned for 2018. Submission must be made using the Management Research Review ScholarOne submission system here: Please also visit the author guidelines for the journal here:
Submissions should be labelled as Special Issue on “Collaborative firms, networks and social media: implications for management research and practice”. Papers will undergo at least a double-blind, developmental review 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 the corresponding Guest Editor Prof. Manlio Del Giudice, University of Rome “Link Campus”, at [email protected].

Guest Editors
Prof. Manlio Del Giudice
University of Rome “Link Campus”
[email protected]

Prof. Elias G Carayannis
George Washington University

Dr Anna Elvira Graziano
University of Rome "Link Campus"

Dr. Veronica Scutto
University of West Scotland