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International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business
International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business


Special Issue on: "European Union, Innovation and SMEs"

Guest Editors:
Professor Roberto Cafferata, University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’, Italy
Professor Gaetano Maria Golinelli, University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, Italy

The IJGSB aims at promoting and developing research in the field of globalisation and small business management. In this area, the journal aims at supporting researchers, practitioners and policy makers in the creation and diffusion of scientific knowledge.

In the European Union, nowadays, a relevant debate concerns the necessity to enhance SMEs’ competitiveness through tools fostering technological and strategic-organisational innovation. This attention is explained by the evidence that SMEs have always been playing – and still do – a key role in the economy of some European countries. The improvement of SMEs’ competitiveness, as a consequence, would be likely to have a positive influence on the overall continental industry and this might generally help Europe to stand the pace of the USA and Asia.

In the light of the depicted framework, the European Union is currently focusing on the exploration and exploitation of SMEs’ experiences in order to improve knowledge. On one hand, this is aimed at increasing the probability for these firms to survive to the growing market pressures; on the other hand, this is aimed at specifically promoting cases of business excellence in some industrial sectors.

We invite contributions to a special issue of the IJGSB that attempt to explore the dynamics of innovation affecting SMEs in the European Union. In this regard, the goal of this special issue is to collect a number of valuable papers analysing the various ‘sides’ of SMEs’ technological innovations (e.g. product or process) and strategic-organisational ones (e.g.: corporate governance, global/local networks, internationalisation, supply chain management, corporate social responsibility, etc.).

Subject Coverage
Both theoretical and research papers are welcomed. Topics that would be considered for publication include, but are not limited to:
  • The influence of the European Union on SMEs' strategic and organisational changes
  • European Union, information and communication technologies and SMEs
  • European Union, corporate governance and SMEs
  • European Union, human resource management and SMEs
  • European Union, service management and SMEs
  • European Union, knowledge management and SMEs
  • European Union and SME's global or local networks
  • European Union, sustainable development and SMEs
  • European Union, corporate social responsibility and SMEs
  • European Union, IAS/IFRS and the accountability of SMEs
  • European Union, corporate restructuring and SMEs
  • European Union, supply chain management and SMEs
  • European Union, marketing management and SMEs
  • European Union and the internationalisation of SMEs

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers and book reviews should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. The selection of the papers composing this special issue is organised as follows:

  • A first review round will evaluate all the extended abstracts (maximum 500 words) sent to the guest editor by the submission deadline.
  • Solely the authors of the selected abstracts will be asked to prepare a final paper. All final papers will be refereed through a double blind peer review process. Among them, the best six will be chosen.
  • In the case of more valuable papers, other contributions will be shifted to other issues of IJGSB.

A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Submission of extended abstracts (max. 500 words): 31 December 2008

Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 31 January 2009

Submission of full papers following acceptance: 30 June 2009

Notification of acceptance, refusal or revision: 31 March 2010

Submission of accepted and revisited final papers: 31 May 2010