Calls for papers


International Journal of Business and Systems Research
International Journal of Business and Systems Research


Special Issue on: "Environmental Management Systems and Green Intellectual Capital Practices"

Guest Editors:
Prof. Dr. Maria do Rosário Cabrita, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Prof. Dr. Darío Quiroga-Parra, Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia and Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Colombia

Over the past decade, concepts that focus on environmental issues have emerged, challenged new business models and established a common global imperative (individual and collective) to make decisions that create a positive impact on the environment. In such context, the environmental management has become an important field of research and green intellectual capital practices the basis for guiding the production of goods and services to more environmentally friendly productions.

There is a consensus in the literature that a new approach of solving the existing environmental problems depends heavily on how knowledge resources are deployed, which can be discussed in the emerging concept of green intellectual capital. Some authors have conceptualised green intellectual capital as intellectual capital to satisfy the environmental management needs. It refers to the management of processes and practices of intellectual capital to be leveraged by organizations in the process of conducting environmental management to gain competitive advantage.

There are several reasons that make the topic worth of attention. The first is to understand how organisations can use their knowledge resources to address environmental issues in conducting their business activities. The second is to explore how organisations can integrate environment knowledge and organisational capabilities for improving competitive advantage. The third is to investigate the role of green intellectual capital in environmental improvement, in eco-innovation and sustainable development.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 13th Iberian-American Congress of Mechanical Engineering (CIBEM 2017),but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Environmental management systems
  • Green intellectual capital and organization's competitiveness
  • Role of green intellectual capital in environmental improvement
  • Cause-effect relationship between green intellectual capital practices and eco-innovation
  • Environmental technologies
  • Green intellectual capital practices for sustainable development
  • Green human capital practices
  • Green relational capital practices in the value chain (supply chain)

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 has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 15 December, 2017

Notification to authors: 20 February, 2018

Final versions due by: 20 April, 2018