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(2006)Global and local resources in achieving sustainable development
(2008)Business Excellence and Competitiveness in the Middle East and North Africa
(2007)Science, Technology and Sustainability in the Middle East and North Africa
(2008)Food Security in Sudan: Policies and Strategies

Series Editor
Dr. Allam Ahmed
SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research
University of Sussex


The theme of this series has been very carefully chosen: globalization, technology and sustainable development (SD) and the challenges and opportunities this represents for the future generations. Th e series is intended to explore global viewpoints on different issues relating to globalisation, technology and SD and why they are important, and to provoke forward thinking on the development of a more coherent approach to solving global problems related to sustainability. In doing so, a holistic approach will be used to critically examine the inter-relationship between the natural, the governmental, the economic and the social dimensions of our world, and how science and technology can contribute to solutions. A framework for understanding and acting upon these solutions will be presented, taking into account a variety of international, institutional and intellectual perspectives. The aim is to address growing concerns for the future of our interlocked ecological, political and economic systems in a highly populated world that is characterised by major social and economic disparities.

Scope and Focus

Globalisation is more than just producing, marketing, and distributing goods and services throughout the world. Globalisation is a new way of thinking and the greatest challenge to our age. The global competitive environment is changing dramatically. Instead of large companies dominating international markets, with smaller businesses remaining local or regional, many small firms today have to be globally competitive, whether they enter the global arena or not.

Advances in the technological innovations in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have contributed to the shaping of the world we live in and we are truly now in the era of the Information Revolution. Today, countries are increasingly judged by whether they are information-rich or information-poor with an estimated 50 percent of the world’s economic growth and all new jobs will be IT driven. Yet, according to the United Nations (UN), millions of people in Africa have never made a telephone call and without the ability to communicate most developing countries (DCs) including Africa will remain poor and isolated, lacking the means to participate in the global society. To operate efficiently, it is imperative to possess knowledge on a broad spectrum of issues and concepts that affect business activities around the globe. Successful management in the new millennium requires developing new methods and approaches to suit the challenges and opportunities of this new era of information revolution.

There have been innumerable attempts (books, journal, networks, organisations) over the last 50 years to examine the subject of SD, bringing more than four hundred definitions, concepts, perspectives, concerns and solutions for SD. But how they relate to each other and provide a clear understanding of our common future still remain a key question to be addressed. The SD problematique is strongly influenced by the institutional culture in which international discussions have taken place. The World Bank, for example, uses the discourse of ‘financial, physical, human, social and natural capital ’ in its conceptualisation of SD.

The development goals of UN are expressed in terms of human and environmental well-being, couched in terms of major issue areas (e.g. health, food, water, energy and the environment) and in the context of international partnership.

The Brundtland Commission report on ‘Our Common Future’ focuses on institutional imperatives in addressing SD issues, including political, economic, social and administrative systems. The Brundtland Report explicitly addresses the matter of production and technological systems, but without anchoring the discussion in the realities of the patchy, embryonic state of global S&T cooperation.

It is significant that embedding SD into mainstream policies for international cooperation in science and technology has been underdeveloped, particularly at the global level. However, it is just as significant that where major partnerships in S&T exist between developed and developing countries, SD issues are often in the forefront, often in the context of technical aid to the DCs . What this approach fails to achieve, however, is systematic knowledge transfer between and amongst countries that are not directly involved in such cooperative ventures. It also presupposes a model of innovation as emerging from the developed world to be subsequently adapted by the developing world, whereas the reality of innovation is far more complex and evenly distributed than typically acknowledged by the ‘donor’ countries.

New approach

The complex relationship between the economy, society and the environment and scientific knowledge requires a multi-disciplinary approach, and calls for skilled communication to be able to address technological issues as well as the political framework within which problem solving necessarily takes place. In practical terms, this series will demonstrate that SD is a multidisciplinary process that involves all issues such as science, innovation, technology, research & development, information technology, human capital development, business and management, trade, etc for knowledge based economies and growth. The series wi ll attempt to provide many international illustrative examples, rather than exhaustive research oriented cases material .


All books in the series are of a consistent academic quality. All chapters structured logically and integrated around a coherent central theme and there is also a balance between theoretical/methodological & empirical chapters in the books. The series publishes original chapters, conceptual (proposing approaches and solutions), literature review, review (sector, industries, systems, methodologies, etc), case studies (empirical work, industry cases, country-specific, etc), research (original data), viewpoint and opinion, technical (technical system, process, etc), conference reports, management reports, book reviews, notes, commentaries, and news. Chapters may also be updates of other material previously written but must be original to the author and, once accepted for publication, cannot appear in any other periodical.

Subject Coverage

Although the general theme and target will be globalisation, technology and SD, there is no limitation to the chapters that will be considered by the series. The following issues are for guidance only, and are not restrictive:


  • the political economy of globalization
  • causes and drivers of globalisation
  • economic and production aspects of globalisation
  • political and cultural aspects of globalisation

International trade

  • international trade and exporting
  • business–government trade relations
  • tariff and trade barriers
  • non-tariff barriers
  • free trade and trade agreements
  • WTO and the new protectionism

Multinationals and foreign direct investment

  • foreign direct investment (FDI)
  • characteristics of the multinational corporation
  • MNCs and the global economy
  • rationale for the development of MNCs
  • MNCs and the DCs

International economic integration

  • effects on international business
  • cost and benefits
  • p rotectionism between trade blocs
  • the Triad and international business

Global financial environment

  • accounting, finance, banking and taxes
  • balance of payments (BOP)
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • World Bank
  • European Monetary System ( EMS )
  • international capital market
  • international financial markets
  • foreign exchange market,

Transitional economies, privatisation and joint ventures

  • business in transition economies
  • emerging economies and the Asian Tigers
  • privatisation
  • strategic alliances and joint ventures

Global operations management and logistic

  • international operations management
  • global manufacturing strategies
  • location decisions
  • global supply chain management
  • international logistics

Managing international marketing

  • international marketing management
  • marketing mix
  • factors in market success

Global business strategy

  • corporate strategy and governance
  • international strategic management process and analysis
  • internal resource analysis
  • strategic options and choice
  • international organisational structure
  • strategy in the global environment

Business and Management

  • business communication, ethics, values and social responsibility
  • law and legal environment of business and development
  • business process engineering and re-engineering management
  • agribusiness, agrimarketing and agrieconomics
  • cross-disciplinary areas of business
  • decision sciences, employment, economics
  • entrepreneurship, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • hospitality management/industry
  • informal sector
  • industrial engineering (engineering related to business) and management
  • management and organizational theory
  • performance and quality management
  • public administration
  • project management

Sustainable development

  • understanding SD
  • deploying sustainable solutions
  • sustainable infrastructure systems and environmentally-conscious design
  • measuring SD in the era of globalisation
  • international development
  • Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
  • industry and SD
  • sustainable economic development policies
  • sustainable food production systems
  • ecotourism: principles, practices and policies for sustainability
  • water and waste management
  • indigenous knowledge and SD
  • indigenous development and gender

Environmental issues

  • sustainable management of the natural resource base
  • renewable energy technologies
  • climate change and global warming
  • issues of sustainable environment
  • environmental challenges for business and management
  • travel, transportation and tourism
  • o rganic agriculture
  • appraisal of environmental and agricultural issues
  • managing environmental and social issues
  • sustainable tourism in protected areas
  • coastal and marine resources environment
  • indigenous development and conservation
  • trade and environmental damage

Nutrition and public health

  • human nutrition and health sciences
  • public health nutrition: practice and impact
  • public health policy and comparisons
  • food and nutrition policies: legislation, regulation and enforcement
  • nutrient requirements and nutritive value of food
  • impacts and challenges of AIDS, malaria and other chronic problems
  • a griculture and health
  • food security policies and indigenous knowledge systems

Science, technology and innovation

  • STI in the UN: l essons learned over the past 50 years and their relevance to the MDGs
  • productivity of science
  • research and development
  • managing innovation in a globalized world
  • competitiveness, innovation and industrialization
  • building industrial competitiveness in DCs 
  • technology adoption constraints in DCs
  • challenges of biotechnologies
  • science parks and technology clusters
  • b est practice in the promotion of technologies
  • technical change and technology management
  • economics of technology and innovation
  • productivity gap analysis
  • agricultural research and poverty conduction

International technology transfer

  • technology in business
  • technology transfer: models of transfer, linkage policy, end user principal consideration, barriers, appropriateness, break through, funding, timing, etc
  • impact of technology upon the productivity increase/enhancement
  • technology transfer and diffusion
  • experience in participatory technology development and transfer
  • technology spillovers from foreign direct investment
  • impact of finance on technology adoption
  • l earning and intellectual capital
  • intellectual property rights

Information and communication technologies (ICTs)

  • the digital divide
  • information systems/technology
  • e-commerce
  • open source and open access publishing
  • innovative information technology research
  • interconnectiveness
  • database marketing, online marketing and marketing in the electronic age
  • indigenous development and IT


  • higher education and globalisation
  • education and teaching
  • technological application to teaching and learning in HE
  • e-learning/distance learning and globalisation
Specific notes for authors

In order to assess the suitability of any submission for the series, authors are required to submit an abstract (100–150 words maximum) which concisely and clearly outlines the p urpose, methodology, findings, contribution, limitation as well as practical implications (if applicable) of the chapter.