Digital innovation, entrepreneurship and green issues in Omani society and economy: Towards the Oman 2040 Vision

Call for papers for: Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management

Submissions Open: 15 May 2021

Submissions Deadline: 31 August 2021


About the Journal

The Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management provides a platform for researchers, academics, professionals, practitioners, and students. It discusses the role of science and technology in the knowledge-based economy and explores how different economic agents can foster these activities. The journal is interested in attracting submissions that debate issues in the areas of science, technology, and innovation, as well as their impact on economic growth and social well-being. JSTPM has a special focus on countries with emerging economies.

Special Issue Overview

The coronavirus outbreak in 2020 represents a major unprecedented challenge for citizens and economies around the world. Countries and regions take measures to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, increase the capacity of health systems and save lives across the world. But social and economic issues can not be forgotten, providing protection for workers and economic sectors and implementing strategies and plans to boost the economy and help firms.

Oman 2040 Vision is “the Sultanate’s gateway to overcome challenges, keep pace with regional and global changes, generate and seize opportunities to foster economic competitiveness and social well-being, stimulate growth, and build confidence in all economic, social and developmental relations nationwide” (Oman 2040 Document, p. 8). It is the vision for the transition of Oman from an oil-based economy towards a more diversified and sustainable economy and an innovation and knowledge-based economy. Oman 2040 includes national priorities, strategic directions and objectives, policies and 5-year development plans. The national priorities of Oman are: 1) Education, Learning, Scientific Research and National Capabilities; 2) Health, 3) Citizenship, Identity and National Heritage and Culture; 4) Well-being and Social Protection; 5) Economic, Leadership and Management; 6) Economic Diversification and Fiscal Sustainability; 7) Labour Market and Employment; 8) The Private Sector, Investment, and International Cooperation; 9) Development of Governorates and Sustainable Cities; 10) Environment and Natural Resources; 11) Legislative, Judicial and Oversight System; and 12) Governance of State’s Administrative Bodies, Resources, and Projects (Oman 2040).

In the special issue we will explore how game-changing digital innovations and technologies as well as entrepreneurial activities can help the Sultanate of Oman to achieve its national priorities, modernize Omani economy, transform services and industries to provide innovative solutions, achieve SDGs, generate new jobs, boost the economy and achieve more prosperity for the Sultanate and region.

Topics of Interest

The special issue will explore the impact of digital innovation, green technologies and entrepreneurship in the Sultanate of Oman. It will study solutions for a digital, greener and more inclusive society and economy in the country. Please note that all paper submissions must be focused on the Sultanate of Oman.

The following topics are of interest for the special issue:

  • Circular economy
  • Coronavirus-related challenges
  • Digital business
  • Digital economy
  • Digital healthcare
  • Digital industrial platforms
  • Digital innovation and technology
  • Digital solutions (virtual education, robotic solutions, etc.)
  • Digital transformation of services and industries
  • Economic diversification and entrepreneurship
  • Globalization
  • Green issues
  • Green technologies
  • Innovation solutions
  • IT and SMEs
  • Knowledge-based economy
  • Oman
  • Oman Vision 2040 (national priorities, strategic directions and objectives and policies)
  • Science and societal challenge
  • SDGs in the Sultanate of Oman
  • Smart healthcare
  • Smart cities
  • SMEs
  • Sustainability
  • Tourism
  • Waste management

Submit to JSTPM

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Guest Editors

Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos

Full professor

The University of Oviedo, Spain

[email protected]


2040 Oman Vision. Moving forward with confidence. Accessed on March 18, 2021.