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International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy (3 papers in press)


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  • Scientific inquiry circle activities of local citizens for bottom-up type innovation   Order a copy of this article
    by Hajime Eto 
    Abstract: This paper proposes a long-ranged innovation policy via intellectual or scientific development of locals in the situation of economic depression. Specifically, this paper proposes to organize local inquiry circles of citizens including teachers, experienced farmers or fishermen, unemployed youths with a certain educational background, and students. The creative inquiry activities are to accumulate intellectual or scientific knowledge for future innovation potentials in locals. These circle activities can learn lessons from the experiences of success in small volunteer-based circle activities such as 4-H clubs (Head, Heart, Hands, and Health) in agricultural areas in the early and the middle 1900s and quality circles in industries in the middle and the late 1900s. These activities can be voluntarily allied with the currently activated tourism policies in locals. In a longranged scope, they are expected to foster the intellectual or scientific potentials in locals and to push up the innovations in locals.
    Keywords: Citizens participation in innovative inquiry; Creativity education in locals; Fosterage of local innovation potentials; 4-H club; Grassroots level innovative inquiry; Inquiry-based science education; Little science; Local-centric innovative circles; Long-ranged innovation policy; Pushup-type innovation.

  • Brand ethics and social media engagement
    by Ayse Begum Ersoy, Halil Zaim, Yavuz Keceli, Selma Kurtishi-Kastrati 
    Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to investigate ethical nature of social media engagement of companies and examines whether or not ethical perception of customers about the companies based on their social media activity and their actual ethical performance make an impact on consumer preferences. Social media engagement of preferred brands/companies and customers is analysed from the perspective of ethics, ethical behaviour, and ethical perception. One of the major findings of this research is that ethical performance positively effects consumer preferences. According to data analysis ethical policies and social media engagement of companies, have direct effects on ethical performance, thus ethical performance positively effects consumer preferences. Moreover, the research indicates that consumer awareness of ethical practices positively effects consumer preferences. The effects of ethical policies on ethical performance is also examined in this research and a positive direct relationship has been disclosed. The research also reveals the positive relationship between social media engagement and consumer awareness.
    Keywords: social media; brand ethics; Social Media Engagement; consumer behaviour; social media attribution; econometric modelling.

  • Competitiveness and sustainability in horticulture: strategy for small businesses   Order a copy of this article
    by Filippo Sgroi, Enrica Donia, Fabrizio Piraino 
    Abstract: Vegetable cultivation has a significant history in the countries of the Mediterranean basin. Italy is an important horticultural producer and, in this context, sicily offers ideal conditions for the protected cultivation of field vegetables. apart from a few well-organized producers, in many areas horticulture is characterized by backward entrepreneurial systems and fragmented production lines that make the vegetable market one that is very close to being a rigged competition in which companies must accept the price and have no negotiating power. this situation has been aggravated even further by the recent economic crisis and the subsequent recession, resulting in the disappearance of the production conditions for many small horticultural businesses. according to the theory of economic development, this loss causes the impoverishment of the area and has negative consequences on employment and income. in the present work, the profitability of a horticultural enterprise was measured. the study was conducted in Sicily, an island in the centre of the Mediterranean, where the cultivation of vegetables has a long history. the results show low profitability in relation to high production costs, as well as low market prices, reflecting imports from other countries in the Mediterranean basin and other italian regions.
    Keywords: horticultural producer; farm; innovation.