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International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development
International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development


Special Issue on: "The Challenge of building an Innovation Strategy in the Global Environment"

Guest Editors: Prof. Maro Vlachopoulou and Prof. Vicky Manthou, University of Macedonia, Greece

Enterprises and organisations worldwide can and do learn to manage the process for success by consciously building and developing their “innovation capability”. Building a capability to organise and manage innovation is a great achievement and requires understanding of where and how innovation can be used to strategic advantage.

Innovation can be used to strategic advantage through organisational responses to technological opportunities and market imperatives. There is a need to understand the what, why and when of innovation activity that adds value for the private sector firms, enables the start-up and growth of new enterprises, or improves the public services. The challenge is for enterprises to be aware of the extensive space within which innovation possibilities exist and to develop a strategic portfolio which covers this territory effectively, balancing resources and risks.

Factors that have a major influence on the ability of a firm to develop and create value through innovation include the national system of innovation, the market position or power within the international value chain, the capability and processes of the firm, including research, technical and market knowledge, production, marketing and distribution, and ability to identify and exploit external sources of innovation, especially international networks.

The initiatives for creating a global environment for innovation strategy foster interactions between academia and industry for sharing ideas and experiences and for developing and implementing new processes and technology. Given the role of academia in developing innovation strategy and capability in the global environment, the aim of this special issue is to provide a common platform to researchers, scholars and practitioners to address issues relating to the subjects mentioned in the next section. Manuscripts based on innovation orientations are particularly suitable for this issue, as are comparative studies conducted in developing countries. Designing and developing suitable strategies, techniques, tools and models for business innovation and research have become an essential function of researchers and practitioners in a global economy; new strategies, techniques and tools for innovation and research in business will be the main focus of this special issue.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Strategy innovations
  • Innovation and research in marketing
  • Sustainability and innovation
  • Global supply chain and networks
  • Organisational competitiveness
  • Innovation in small and medium enterprises
  • Empirical analysis and case studies in business innovation and research
  • Benchmarking and best practices in innovation activities
  • Role of IT/IS in business innovation and research
  • Organisational learning in innovation management
  • Research methodology and theory relating to innovation
  • Performance implications of strategic alliances
  • Performance measures and metrics in business innovation and research
  • Innovation evidence on retailing
  • Innovation in outsourcing and logistics
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Building relationship for technological innovation
  • Innovation in service industries
  • Business of healthcare innovation
  • New product and process innovation
  • Agriculture/seafood supply chain innovation
  • Business and technological innovation
  • Innovation in organisational leadership
  • Managing creativity and innovation
  • Designing IT for business innovation
  • Innovation management in global environment
  • Real estate business innovation
  • Knowledge management and technology transfer
  • E-business/e-commerce

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: 30 June, 2008

Decision on the manuscripts: 15 September, 2008

Submission of the revised manuscripts: 30 October, 2008

Final decision on the manuscripts: 30 December, 2008