Calls for papers


International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations
International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations


Special Issue on: “Trust for Virtual Organisations and Virtual Teams”

Guest Editors:
Latif Al-Hakim, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
Nilmini Wickramasinghe, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
Rajeev K Bali, Coventry University, UK

Networking via virtual organisations and virtual teams has been considered as an ideal strategy for inter-organisational as well as intra-organisational work flow. Four major developments in global markets have brought the emerging virtual organisation and virtual team concepts to the forefront of management’s attention: globalisation, the ICT revolution, customer demands in areas of product, service costs and quality, and product cycle time. Partnerships, alliances, collaboration, joint venture, licensing are examples of such industry networking.

A successful virtual network requires a real-time exploitation of information and knowledge among the entire network entities. The key enabler/driver for successful virtual networks is trust among the network entities. Trustful linkages can promote different industrial control styles, roles, behaviours and working environments. But how do we detect, determine or measure the best style, role, behaviour and working environment in different settings? How can we classify trust in virtual organisation and how can we measure each classification? What are factors affecting trust? What types of policies, techniques and methods should be used to promote trust? How do the interactions between virtual network entities change with the changes of trust? And where do traditional linkages fall short? This special issue of IJNVO aims to provide a forum for answering these questions.

Three types of papers are solicited:

  • Theoretical papers that provide original work on the theory of trust in networking
  • Applications and case studies that deal with trust in virtual organisation or virtual teams
  • Review papers exploring the historical development and research in the field.
Subject Coverage
Recommended general topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Conceptual analysis of trust in virtual organisations/virtual teams
  • Trust for networking: strategy and policy
  • Measuring trust in virtual organisations/virtual teams
  • Trust for networking: tools and techniques
  • Managing information flow in trustful linkages
  • The role of ICT on trust evolution
  • The changing environment of trustful virtual organisations/virtual teams
  • Critical success factors
  • Trust, knowledge and culture in the virtual linkage context
  • The effect of ICT on trust concepts
  • The effect of globalisation on trust in virtual organisations
  • Empirical and case studies
  • Future trends

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

Proposals due by: 1 November, 2006

Final submission due: 1 March 2007