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International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy
International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy


Special Issue on: “Innovation Networks”

Guest Editors:
Petra Ahrweiler, University of Hamburg, Germany
Andreas Pyka, University of Augsburg, Germany

Governing innovation, i.e. knowledge production, distribution and exploitation, as the main resource of modern societies is a complex policy task which has to take into account the various and sometimes contradicting features of knowledge. Innovation networks are a principal mode of co-ordination which are particularly relevant in knowledge-based market sectors such as biotechnology and the ICT industries. The need for knowledge creation and transfer within markets is one of the main reasons for networking. Combining knowledge resources in networks enables innovation and learning that are difficult to provide by other means. Thus, markets are more than places where goods are bought and sold within an institutional context: they are the arenas where innovation takes place, where knowledge is generated, communicated, re-combined and exchanged.

The aim of this special issue is to identify future research frameworks to model and analyse knowledge generation and distribution processes in innovation networks. Proposing sector-specific governance strategies can be considered as an additional step which could result in a follow-up issue.

Subject Coverage
Topics include but are not limited to:
  • Modelling knowledge generation
  • The emergence of new technologies
  • Invention, innovation and imitation
  • New modes of knowledge production
  • Generating knowledge in R&D networks
  • Modelling knowledge distribution
  • Fostering and limiting knowledge flows
  • The global research area
  • The contextualisation of knowledge
  • Local knowledge clusters of expertise
  • Science and technology policy
  • The governance of innovation

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

Manuscripts due by: 15 January 2007

Notification to authors: 15 March 2007

Final versions due by: 15 July 2007