Calls for papers


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


Special Issue on: "Networks and Governance in Changing Business Ecosystems"

Guest Editors:
Prof. Kerry Brown, Edith Cowan University, Australia
Associate Prof. Mads Bruun Ingstrup and Associate Prof. Susanne Gretzinger, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Prof. John Burgess, RMIT University, Australia
Prof. Susanne Royer, Europa-Universität Flensburg, Germany

Understanding how firms and other stakeholders cooperate and exploit networked resources is the topic of this special issue. Increasingly, owning resources appears to be less relevant to contemporary organisations than having access to resourceful networks.

The idea for editing this Special Issue followed an International Research Symposium held at the Europa-Universität Flensburg, Germany in June 2017. The participants showcased how business activities extending beyond the focal firm and into a dynamic relational space which connects stakeholders, other firms and industry participants in changing ecosystems becomes a key consideration. Today, organisations need to take into account the interplay between local activities in regional clusters and those embedded in global value chains. Their various value creation activities may follow different organisational principles – exchange modes vary between market, hierarchy and cooperative governance forms. The concept of cultivating and accessing resourceful networks is significant in this context.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Research Symposium on Networks in Changing Business Ecosystems, 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:

  • Firm resources, strategy and networks
  • Disruptive business models and networks
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • Small businesses in networks
  • Cross-border clusters and networks
  • Public policy in regional networks
  • Network and cluster governance
  • Innovation networks and open innovation
  • Regional resources/locational advantage
  • Barriers and enablers of changing business ecosystems
  • Novel methods in analysing business networks in changing business ecosystems

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 April, 2018