Special Issue Call for Papers

Journal of Business and Management Sciences

Special Issue Call for Papers

Special Issue on Innovation in Family Businesses

The context in which companies develop innovation policies is not only wide but also differently construable (Damanpour, 1991; Wolfe, 1994). Moreover, it is influenced by several factors which in turn influence companies’ propensity to innovate, such as the organizational structure of the companies, their size, the impact of their sectors and strategic approach to changes in the context.
Literature has also widely focused on the tendency to innovate in family businesses. The prevailing approach maintains that family businesses are less attracted by innovation, i.e. tend to be less creative, or more conservative, when developing products and processes (Donckels & Frohlich, 1991; Morck & Yeung, 2003). When adhering to tradition, family companies are less risk-adverse and tend to be less inclined to build external relationships that might foster innovation (Dunn, 1996). It follows that they tend to invest in political rent-seeking behavior rather than in innovation (Bresciani, Thrassou & Vrontis, 2013). According to a different approach, for well-established family businesses innovation policies are extremely important, which is also due to the fact that such firms are more flexible (Craig & Moores, 2006). In the light of the innovation strength of a family business, innovation represents not only the means of strategic change: innovation is the strategic change itself (Bresciani, Thrassou and Vrontis, 2013).
The purpose of this special issue is to focus on family firms innovation strategy, observing if innovation may be considered as a means to reach and to maintain a competitive advantage in the long run.
Papers based on different theoretical perspectives and using different research methods (empirical, conceptual, and literature review papers) are strongly encouraged in reference to this special issue.

About the issue

Contributions may address, but are not limited, to the following topics:

  • Innovation in family firms as compared to non family firms
  • Strategy and innovation in family firms
  • Critical success factors for innovation in family firms
  • Internationalization and innovation in family firms
  • Inter-organizational innovation in family firms
  • Succession and innovation in family firms
  • Operative mechanisms to manage innovation in family firms
  • How to finance innovation in family firms and the dividends policy
  • Professionalization and innovation in family firms

Important dates

Submission Deadline: November 2014
Notification of Acceptance: February 2015
Final Version Due: April 2015
Special Issue Publishing Date: June 2015

Chief Guest Editor

Francesca Culasso
Department of Management, University of Turin, Italy
Email: francesca.culasso@unito.it

Guest Editor

Elisa Giacosa
Department of Management, University of Turin, Italy
Email: elisa.giacosa@unito.it

Alberto Mazzoleni
Department of Economics and Management, University of Brescia, Italy
Email: albmazz@eco.unibs.it

Submit your article now

Manuscripts should be submitted as an attached file to an e-mail directed to the Chief Guest Editor, Francesca Culasso at the address: <francesca.culasso@unito.it>

Special Issue on Human Capital and its Influence on Organisational Performance

This special issue will provide a systematic overview and state-of-the-art research in the field of Human Capital, and will outline new developments in fundamental, approaches, and methodologies of research in field or in this area. Human Capital is an Intellectual Capital Component together with Social Capital and Customer Capital, just to mention the least. The Resources-Based-View of the firm places critical attention to Human Capital as leverage for Organisational Performance. It takes Human Capital to configure other organisational resources such as finances, and material resources. In other words a firm can possess and have these resources in their abundance; as long as they are not deployed strategically for organisational performance achievement they become useless. It takes Human capital to move these resources and configure them in such a manner that optimal benefits are derived for shareholder value. Most of literature in Strategic management tends to relegate firms resources including Human capital to the peripherals of management practices. Human resources for example has long been considered and viewed as any other organisation costs that could be avoided if possible. However Human Capital based view suggests that organisations actually hire and remunerate the intellectual capital of labour, rather than physical beings. It is on this score that this proposal for a special issue in Human Capital and its influence on Organisational performance is being made.

About the issue

This special issue is dedicated to a set of best papers in the field of Human Capital. Full papers will be subject to a strict review procedure for final selection to this special issue based on the following criteria:

1. Quality and originality in theory and methodology in research on Human Capital and its influence on Organisational performance;

2. Relevance to Human Capital research area, such as
   a. Knowledge Management;
   b. Intellectual Capital models and methods in Human Capital development;
   c. Innovation;
   d. Organisational Performance.

3. Application orientated research which exhibits originality in Human Capital theory, such as
   a. The role and the importance of the Human Capital for the Organisation’s performance particularly in business, education, health, safety, engineering, and finance.

4. Extended papers must contain at least 40% new material (qualitative) relative to the conference paper.

Important dates

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: December 15, 2014
Final Version Due: February 15, 2015
Special Issue Publishing Date: March 15, 2015

Guest Editor

Bongani Ngwenya
Dean, Faculty of Business at Solusi University
Email: ngwenyab@solusi.ac.zw / nbongani@gmail.com

Submit your article now

Manuscripts should be submitted as an attached file to an e-mail directed to the Guest Editor, Bongani Ngwenya at the address: <nbongani@gmail.com> / <ngwenyab@solusi.ac.zw>

Special Issue on Business Education – Pedagogical practices

In an article written by Jon Meacham to Time magazine in October, 2013, 36% of college students in a 2011 study did not show any significant cognitive gains over four years and ? proportion of employers surveyed said they had trouble finding qualified college graduates to hire.
If we are serious about preparing the undergrad students of Business to succeed in the job market, we should not require that they memorize facts and repeat them on demand. We should rather provide them with opportunities to interact with content, think critically about it and use it to create new information. Are the universities being able to develop the competences and equip the students with skills sets throughout the undergrad course that help them succeeding outside of school?
To solve this issue it is important to discuss the contemporary practices and methodologies applied in the Business education of improving the quality of higher education. In a Special Issue of this Journal, we plan to deal with both theoretical studies and empirical works or experiments applied in the classrooms.

About the issue

The topics of this special issue include the following practices and methodologies but are not limited to:

  • Design thinking,
  • Conceptual maps,
  • Project based learning,
  • Innovation,
  • Project management,
  • Competency-based education.

Important dates

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: November 30, 2014
Final Version Due: December 31, 2014
Special Issue Publishing Date: January 31, 2015

Chief Guest Editor

Hong Yuh Ching
Centro Universitário da FEI, SBC, Brazil
Email: hongching@fei.edu.br

Co- Editor

Dan Danuletiu
"1 Decembrie 1918" University of Alba Iulia, Romania
Email: dan.danuletiu@gmail.com

Guest Editor

Guillermo Asper
Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil
Email: Guillermo.Asper@gmail.com

Submit your article now

Manuscripts should be submitted as an attached file to an e-mail directed to the Chief Guest Editor, Hong Yuh Ching at the address: <hongching@fei.edu.br>

Special Issue on American Journal on Behavioral Sciences and Management

The main aphorism of this Journal would be to provide a platform for pioneers from diverse field of management education and industry professionals from different backgrounds to induce interactions, speed knowledge by sharing their ideas about the impact of human behavior in today's modern era and how their roles are making huge difference in the globalization of the Management field. The Journal would focus on individual, group and organisational behaviour of employees and how it should be encouraged for further development.

About the issue

The scope of topics covered in the this issue include:

  • Comprehensive Coverage of HRM
  • Anecdotes in Management, Leadership, Organization Development
  • Life Management
  • Change Management
  • Counseling at Workplace
  • Critical Thinking skills
  • Effectiveness Management, Enterprise Resource Planning

Important dates

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: September 15, 2014
Final Version Due: October 30, 2014
Special Issue Publishing Date: November 01, 2014

Chief Guest Editor

Dr. K. Vasanthi Kumari
SRM University
Email: microsaranraj@gmail.com

Submit your article now

Manuscripts should be submitted as an attached file to an e-mail directed to the Chief Guest Editor, Dr. K. Vasanthi Kumari at the address: <rashmivasanth@yahoo.com>