Mass Collaboration and Knowledge Management: Reflections to Achieve Best Practices

Call for papers for: International Journal of Organizational Analysis

Mass Collaboration and Knowledge Management: Reflections to achieve Best Practices

Guest Editors:
- Dr. Amir A. Abdulmuhsin, University of Mosul, Iraq.
E-mail: [email protected]
- Dr. Ali Tarhini, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman.
E-mail: [email protected]
- Dr. Mahir Arzoky, Brunel University - London, UK.
E-mail: [email protected]
- Prof. Dr. Ra'ed Masa'deh Bani Yaseen, University of Jordan - Aqaba, Jordan.
E-mail: [email protected]

A few months before, news reports began to circulate of a new respiratory virus spreading in Wuhan, China. What initially appeared to be a problem limited predominantly to China, soon became a global issue in other world countries where they declared their first cases. The World Health Organisation declared a global health emergency on 30th January, and on 11th March, a pandemic. The situation has continued to dramatically escalate to nowadays. When the WHO Director-General declared coronavirus as a pandemic, he expected to intensify global preparedness and response efforts (Zarocostas, 2020). In the midst of confusion & uncertainty, as peoples collectively adjust to the new normal, countries, organizations and individuals begin to think about how to deal with Coronavirus pandemic through more collaboration amongst them for crowding and mobilizing resources, skills, talents, and knowledge to eliminate the Coronavirus, both now and in the future. Mass Collaboration (MC) technologies and solutions will help to shorten the time and give more collective power to creating, sharing and exploiting new knowledge for dealing with this situation (Sulaiman, 2020). Therefore, we are specifically interested in reflections about how world countries, organizations and individuals rebuilding their collaboration experiences to creating, sharing and exploiting new knowledge, through review the best practices and lessons learned to promote global experiences (Borjigen, 2015; Scuotto, Del Giudice, & Obi Omeihe, 2017; Zamiri & Camarinha-Matos, 2019). These reflections allow us to highlight contributions on the impact of COVID-19, and the changes we may expect to see going forward.
The main purpose of this special issue is to encourage reflection and debate, theoretical and applied, about MC (Especially, Collaboration based on web-technologies and solutions) and its effects on Knowledge Management (KM) processes in the health, education, business, social, and security organizations. Over the past few years, web-based applications and solutions have emerged to encourage collaboration across international borders, thus these technologies and solutions have opened new horizons for creating, sharing, and exploiting new knowledge, which a few decades ago seemed impossible. As a multidisciplinary social science journal, we focus on economics, business, and social implications rather than vaccine development or medical treatments.

The objective is to gather empirical research, theoretical and critical commentaries, and case-studies that addresses the problem from a big picture outlook, which requires a multidisciplinary approach to provide academicians and social indications. Academic papers dealing with MC and KM in the context of health, education, economics, business, and social fields are welcome; nevertheless, any other proposed focus could be accepted. The content of this special issue will be of interest to academia, GOs and NGOs, policymakers and all those involved in socio-economic issues related to global collaboration and KM to face the repercussions of coronavirus.


  •     Mass Collaboration and Knowledge creation process.
  •     Mass Collaboration and Knowledge sharing process.
  •     Mass Collaboration and Knowledge utilizing process.
  •     Mass Collaboration and improving the quality of knowledge.
  •     Barriers, critical success factors, and best practices of synthesis MC and KM in different organizations.
  •     Leadership and trust in the synergy between MC and KM.
  •     Risk analysis in the MC and KM relationship.
  •     Ethical dilemmas in the MC and KM activation.


  •     Deadline for abstracts                                         31st August 2020
  •     Notification of decision on abstracts                  30th September 2020
  •     Deadline for submission of papers                     December 2020
  •     Notification of decision on papers                      January 2021
  •     Final papers due                                                  March 2021
  •     Expected publication date                                   April 2021

Paper to be submitted through ScholarOne manuscript submission portal and authors are encouraged to consult the author guidelines for the journal; found here

Borjigen, C. (2015). Mass collaborative knowledge management. Program, 49(3), 325-342. doi:10.1108/prog-02-2015-0023
Scuotto, V., Del Giudice, M., & Obi Omeihe, K. (2017). SMEs and Mass Collaborative Knowledge Management: Toward Understanding the Role of Social Media Networks. Information Systems Management, 34(3), 280-290. doi:10.1080/10580530.2017.1330006
Sulaiman, Y. D. (2020). Designing a Mass Collaboration System for Iraq Universities: Northern Technical University / Case study. (PhD), University of Mosul, IRAQ.
Zamiri, M., & Camarinha-Matos, L. M. (2019). Mass Collaboration and Learning: Opportunities, Challenges, and Influential Factors. Applied Sciences, 9(13), 2620. doi:10.3390/app9132620
Zarocostas, J. (2020). What next for the coronavirus response? The Lancet, 395 (10222), 401. doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(20)30292-0