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International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management
International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management


Special Issue on: "Laws, Regulation and New Product Development – the Role of the Regulatory Framework for the Management of Technology and Innovation"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Alexander Brem, VEND consulting GmbH and Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Prof. Dr. Jens Horbach, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Dr. Klaus Rennings, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Germany

Innovations do not fall like manna from heaven but are generated by pioneering activities of human beings. These activities have to take place via interaction with all kind of institutions and the regulatory framework of their individual business environments. Traditional innovation theory embedded in growth theory or industrial economics often neglects the influence of the regulatory framework on innovations.

In the context of the growing importance of institutions like the World Bank or the European Union, the influence of laws and all kinds of regulation keeps on growing. Hence, regulation is often seen as a substantial barrier for innovative activities. But, especially in growing research fields like environmental innovation, empirical evidence has shown a strong positive influence of regulatory measures on encouraging innovative activities. The same can be expected for other regulated markets such as., for example, health services. And regulation may also be relevant in more traditional markets, e.g. due to the increasing role of consumer protection and policy. In particular, environmental protection encourages innovation as for instance car manufacturers must think about new ways of driving concepts in the light of permanently increasing energy costs, changing consumer perceptions and increasingly limited natural resources worldwide. Therefore, the aim of this special issue is to clarify the role of regulation in innovation processes and to assess its impacts.

Potential authors are invited to submit contributions analyzing the role of regulatory issues in the management of technology and innovation. The goal is to prepare a reference issue that could be of immediate use to those interested in the management of technology and innovation and its implications, whether they are academics, practitioners or researchers.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to
  • Environmental innovations
  • Institutions and innovation
  • Role of regulation in specific branches, e.g. banking, telecom, etc.
  • Conceptualization of regulatory-push/pull
  • Frameworks for the management of regulatory influences
  • Influence of laws on product development
  • Business model generation and evaluation
  • Innovation in the service sector
  • Economic performance of innovative firms
  • Technology screening and forecasting
  • Regulation and innovation management in different cultures and in multinational enterprises

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

1-2 page abstract due: 15 January 2010

Notification to authors: 28 February 2010

Submission of manuscripts due: 15 July 2010

Notification to authors: 15 October 2010

Final drafts of papers: 31 December 2010