Call for papers


Int. J. of Innovation and Sustainable Development


Special Issue on: "Open Innovation, Closed Societies"


Guest Editors:
Steffen Roth, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland and Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
Jari Kaivo-Oja, Turku School of Economics, Finland and National Academy of Sciences, Finland


“Globalization is a major driver for open innovation processes not only because it means more intense and global competition but also because it creates a more global landscape for innovation” (OECD 2008: 27). Nonetheless, in post-cold war Europe, we still experience the logics of competitiveness and, therefore, closed innovation regimes; classical forms of open innovation (OI), i.e. B2B innovation co-operation or co-patenting, are mostly set up between partners within the same industry, country, or economic area.


The contradiction between the vision of OI and the reality of social borders thus provokes the central questions to be discussed:

  • What impact do political, economic, legal, educational, scientific, or further social borders have on both intra-national and transnational OI projects?

  • What are the ethical dimensions of open innovation in general and transnational OI in particular (keywords: working consumer, prosumer)?

  • What forms of international OI and what corresponding strategies do we know both from literature and from case studies?

  • What opportunities does transnational OI provide for the establishing international justice in terms of a more balanced access to resources, competencies, and markets?

  • What borders do OI strategies have to cross at the intra-national level? In what spheres of society does open innovation (not) work successfully? Are OI projects closed for certain organisational forms, professional groups, ages, or genders?


Subject Coverage


Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Cross-industry OI
  • Cross-border OI
  • International and intranational OI
  • OI beyond economy
  • OI and age
  • OI and gender
  • OI and social structure
  • OI and organisational boundaries
  • OI and business process outsourcing
  • OI and ethics


Notes for Prospective Authors


Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere


All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page


Important Dates


Deadline for submission of manuscripts: 30 September, 2009


Communication of peer review to authors: 15 January, 2010


Deadline for revised manuscripts: 31 March, 2010


Editors and Notes


You may send one copy of the full paper in the form of an MS Word file attached to an e-mail (details in Author Guidelines) to one of the guest editors:


Steffen Roth
Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland and
Chemnitz University of Technology


Jari Kaivo-Oja
Turku School of Economics, Finland and
National Academy of Sciences


(Please Cc the email to: Inderscience Editorial Office, E-mail:


Please include in your submission the title of the Special Issue, the title of the Journal and the name of the Guest Editor