Call for papers


Int. J. of Knowledge Management Studies


Special Issue on: "Innovation Capabilities – What Are They?"


Guest Editors: Professor Sofia Börjesson and Associate Professor Maria Elmquist, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden


Capability-based theories have recently received increased attention within the area of innovation management as a way of understanding how organizations change and develop. In general terms, organizational capabilities signify what an organization is (or is not) able to do. Innovation capabilities or the organizational capability to innovate is of huge interest among practitioners that need to handle an increasing need for innovation in most fields - however they find it difficult to work with in practical settings.


In this special issue we therefore call for contributions on how innovation capabilities can be conceptualized and understood, but also addressed and developed in practical settings.


From an academic perspective, the notion of innovation capabilities has been addressed, but often in quite general terms and seldom based on empirical studies. We therefore especially welcome empirical papers, i.e., papers addressing insights from case research, which can contribute to forwarding our knowledge in this important area.


Subject Coverage


Suitable topics include but are not limited to:

  • Studies that investigate the very nature of organizational capabilities - what are they? How can they be coded and categorized?
  • Studies that focus on how capabilities for innovation can be built and re-built.
  • Contributions that investigate enablers and inhibitors for the development of capabilities.


Notes for Prospective Authors


Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).


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 full papers: 1 March, 2011


Notification of initial decision: 1 June, 2011


Submission of revised manuscript: 1 July, 2011


Notification of final acceptance: 15 August, 2011


Editors and Notes


All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our information on preparing and submitting articles. If you experience any problems submitting your paper online, please contact, describing the exact problem you experience. Please include in your submission the title of the Special Issue, the title of the Journal and the name of the Guest Editor