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Change and Transformation of Business Networks

Special issue call for papers from The IMP Journal

Guest Editors

Krzysztof Fonfara, Milena Ratajczak-Mrozek, Adam Dymitrowski (Department of International Marketing) Marek Zieliński (Department of Marketing Strategies), Poznań University of Economics and Business, Poland


This Special Issue centres on examining change and transformation of business networks. The phenomenon of business networks is an important and up-to-date problem not only in business management, but also global economy. The relevance of this statement is supported by a couple of facts:

  • increasing interest among researchers (increasing number of researchers investigating this problem, increasing number of scientific conferences devoted to this field of knowledge, increase of citations in case of publications concerning business relationships),
  • increasing interest among business practitioners (participation in scientific conference concerning areas of business relationships, eagerness to learn about business relationships during post-graduate studies),
  • more sophisticated and complex relationships built by business entities (engagement in joint projects with other entities, transnational networks).

This special issue will contribute to the existing state of knowledge in three ways. The first is to identify the set of determinants for a successful business network. The second is to define the role different entities play in business networks. The third one is to implement the determinant of change into the field of business relationships and networks.
Therefore papers should aim at exploring new directions of research concerning the change and transformation of business relationships, networks and markets and identifying successful business practices concerning management of relationship networks by empirical verification.

Subject Coverage

We are open to both conceptual and empirical papers with clear relevance to change and transformation of business networks that fit the scope of the Special Issue, and welcome submissions using different methodological approaches. We are looking for submissions with clear empirical and/or theoretical contributions and robust methodological applications.

Potential authors are invited to submit papers related but not restricted to the following topics:

  • change in relationships,
  • new business networks,
  • new business models,
  • relationships as a source of technological change and innovation,
  • impact of changing relationships on the surrounding network,
  • networks and the changing internationalisation processes,
  • relationships as a source of new management strategies and competitive advantage.


All papers should be submitted through the Journal’s submission process, i.e. ScholarOne Manuscript Central online submission system. For details on how to submit using Manuscript Central, please, see the IMP Journal author guidelines:

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 6th of March 2017
Planned publication date: December 2017

Submission Instructions

Submissions (6000-12000 words) will be handled through the Journal's online and peer review manuscript submission system, ScholarOne Manuscripts. Registration and access is available at Full information and guidance on using ScholarOne Manuscripts is available at the Emerald ScholarOne Manuscripts Support Centre:

When submitting your manuscript, you will be asked to specify whether the manuscript is for a normal issue of the IMP Journal or for this special issue. Please, make sure that you select the change and transformation of business networks special issue option. Papers must not have been published, accepted for publication, or presently be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A standard double-blind review process will be used to select papers for the special issue.

For more information on author guidelines see:

All queries about the special issue should be sent to the Guest Editors:

Professor Krzysztof Fonfara, PhD, Department of International Marketing, Poznań University of Economics and Business, e-mail: [email protected]
Milena Ratajczak-Mrozek, PhD, Department of International Marketing, Poznań University of Economics and Business, e-mail: [email protected]
Adam Dymitrowski, PhD, Department of International Marketing, Poznań University of Economics and Business, e-mail: [email protected]
Marek Zieliński, PhD, Department of Marketing Strategies, Poznań University of Economics and Business, e-mail: [email protected]

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