Radical and sustainable innovation in clustersand multi-specialized regions

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University of Padua – Department of Economics and Management

22-24 September 2022
Submission deadline: June 05, 2022

16th edition Regional Innovation Policies Conference 2022

For more than a decade the Regional Innovation Policies Conference has been an essential date in the diaries of researchers, policy-makers and practitioners with an interest in the field of regional innovation, regional development and innovation policy. We are pleased to continue this tradition and welcome you this year to Padova, during the celebrations for the 800 years of the University of Padova.
The theme of the 16th edition of the conference is RADICAL AND SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION IN CLUSTERS AND MULTI-SPECIALIZED REGIONS. The literature on regional innovation has been increasingly focused on improving the quality and sustainability of innovation as well as its intensity. The global challenges raised by the objective of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals ask for an investigation of the drivers of a responsible and sustainable innovation process in clusters and regions. Policymakers are called to enrich the smart specialization framework with
new guidelines able to inspire radically new technological trajectories addressing environmental and social inclusiveness. From this perspective, incentives for breakthrough inventions as well as exaptation opportunities may be boosted throughout different forms of collaboration and networking activities inside and outside regional innovation systems, also strengthening the linkages between advanced and developing regions. 

with strategies to shift towards sustainability and technological change in regions. We welcome
contributions that develop innovative approaches in concepts, theory, methods, or analysis, and have deep
or broad implications to inform place-sensitive strategies for sustainable and technological transitions in
clusters and multi-specialized regions.PhD students: Early registration fee is 150 euros. After 30th June,
registration fee is 200 euros. Both include three-day conference attendance with lunch and coffee breaks,
and gala dinner.
Contact details
For any question, please contact the organizing committee at:
Website: unipd.link/reginnpol2022

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BJM SI Reimagining Business and Management as a Force for Good

British Journal of Management

Special Issue Call for Papers

Reimagining Business and Management as a Force for Good

Guest Editors:
Professor Ken McPhail, Alliance, Manchester Business School (kenneth.mcphail@manchester.ac.uk)
Professor Mario Kafouros Alliance, Manchester Business School (marios.kafouros@manchester.ac.uk)
Professor Peter McKiernan, Strathclyde Business School (peter.mckiernan@strath.ac.uk)
Professor Nelarine Cornelius, Queen Mary University (n.cornelius@qmul.ac.uk)


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Paper submission deadline: 15 October 2022

The British Journal of Management (BJM) will publish a special issue on “Reimagining business and management as a force for good” in 2024. This special issue encourages theoretical and empirical contributions on how business and management is taking on a broader social purpose to address grand societal challenges. The collection of papers will complement and enrich existing theoretical and empirical work on the changing nature of the firm, new organisational futures, and sources of innovation and value generation. Also, we are interested in how these shifts impact business growth and productivity along with the internal management practices and intangible capitals responsible for driving these outcomes.

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Ph.D. Positions in Business for Society DISEADE

DISEADE - Department of Business and Law University of Milano-Bicocca 3 fully-funded scholarships available

The deadline for applications is May 20, 2022 at noon (CEST).

University of Milano-Bicocca seeks candidates for Ph.D. positions in Business for Society for the next cohort starting November 2022.

The Ph.D. program in Business for Society is a full-time 3 years integrated, multidisciplinary work and research program for those who are oriented towards making a significant contribution to the field of strategic management, innovation, sustainability and social responsibility.

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Our academically rigorous courses introduce students to the latest concepts in management research and help them develop the skills they need not only to carry out their research projects but also to manage the ongoing technological, economic and social transformations, through a strong cooperation with the business world and the civil society.

Analyzing complex phenomena requires an important effort of collaboration among several scientific disciplines. The multidisciplinary approach, in fact, is certainly the richest and most fruitful in terms of real and substantial understanding of the changes that characterize the contemporary context. Disciplines most involved are business economics in all its articulations – management, organization, strategy, and marketing – law and solid foundations of economics and analytical and quantitative methods.

The Ph.D. Business for Society is structured in two curricula:

  1. Management of institutions and international organization
  2. Strategic management of innovation in companies and no-profit organizations

For more information, click on the link here: b4s.unimib.it

Candidates can apply only through the online application system at the following link:


The deadline for applications is May 20, 2022 at noon (CEST).

Contacts: b4s@unimib.it

13th Congress of the Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (AEI 2023)

Strasbourg, 28 - 29 - 30 June 2023


Tomorrow's entrepreneurship: New issues, new challenges?


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The environment of the entrepreneur is currently facing many upheavals due to the health crisis, societal and technological developments, geopolitical risks, climate change ... Entrepreneurship therefore appears more and more as having to think in a complex environment, both constrained and evolving, which calls for changes in the way to live and operate. Moreover, the aspirations of entrepreneurs are more and more marked at the personal and societal levels and lead to rethink the purpose of entrepreneurial activities.

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RESEARCH SEMINAR: New permanent universal owners and long-term strategic orientation in shareholder-based governance.

27th April,  10:40-12:40 CEST

Dipartimento di Economia, Aula M
Corso Gran Priorato di Malta, 81043 - Capua 

The seminar will focus on the long-term strategic orientation of large U.S.-based passive asset management firms, the so-called “Big Three” - Blackrock, Vanguard and State Street Global.

In the wake of the 2007-08 global financial crisis, the Big Three have gained tremendous importance in the corporate governance of listed firms, so much so as to be dubbed the “new permanent universal owners” of listed corporations.


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Currently, these money managers concentrate almost half of the U.S. equity funds industry and occupy a significant position in European listed equities. However, not much is known yet about the economic and financial impact that this new kind of investors may have on the firms they invest in.

The seminar will discuss such impact in the European context, paying particular attention to the effects of Big Three investing on the long- or short-term orientation of listed firms.

EURAM members interested can follow the seminar online through the following link:  https://bit.ly/3uD5Dtv

For more information, please contact luciamichela.daniele@unicampania.it and/or francesco.gangi@unicampania.it.


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Babbage Industrial Innovation Policy Awards 2022

University of Cambridge


The need for effective policies towards industrial innovation has been thrown into sharp relief by recent international events. Increasingly complex relationships between technology, innovation and industrial competitiveness have been further complicated by the emergence of a global pandemic. Such challenges are likely to require new policies at local, national and regional levels. Traditionally, economics has provided the main conceptual frameworks for policymakers, but it is increasingly apparent that other
disciplines including engineering, technology management and political science, provide essential perspectives and insights. Expertise and analysis from these and other disciplines need to be integrated with economic frameworks if robust and implementable policies are
to be developed.

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For additional information, you may contact Sarah Cheung Johnson sekyc2@cam.ac.uk


Deadline 30 June 2022

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International Journal of Technology Marketing - CALL FOR PAPERS

EURAM-2022: Special Issue on: "Technology as a Sustainability Driver: From Patents to ESG and SDG Related Investment Decisions"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Carsten C. Guderian, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg; PatentSight GmbH (LexisNexis Intellectual Property Solutions), Germany
Dr. Jan-Alexander Posth, ZHAW School of Management, Switzerland

If you are interested, please contact carsten.guderian@fau.de and/or jan-alexander.posth@zhaw.ch

With the advent of climate change, health crises, and global pollution, the United Nations’Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have become an inevitable new paradigm. Herein, it is increasingly recognised that SDG-compliant investing and policy design have the potential to reshape entire industries and positively impact the development of corporations, economies, and societies towards more sustainability. Contrary to common belief, it is clear from the outset that the ambitious – but also necessarily – objective to achieve sustainability will not be realised by economisation alone, particularly as emerging economies often pursue their growth paths at the expense of sustainability. Instead, an additional paradigm shift needs to occur, which comprises the
realisation that only rapid technological transformation and innovation unlocks enough potential to provide the necessary momentum in the change towards more sustainability.

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Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 31 July, 2022
Notification to authors: 31 October, 2022
Final versions due by: 31 December, 2022

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New Book: What Every CEO Should Know About AI

Viktor Dörfler (SIG 12: Research Methods & Research Practice) has just published a book "What Every CEO Should Know About AI", part of the Cambridge Elements in Business Strategy series edited by JC Spender, and published by the Cambridge University Press, it features a foreword by Tom Davenport.

The pdf version of the book can be downloaded free of charge until 18th March here, courtesy of the publisher. If you are interested, claim your free copy and feel free to share with others who may be interested

Dr Viktor Dörfler combines his background in developing and implementing AI with scholarly research on knowledge and cultivating talent to address misconceptions about AI. The book explains what AI can and cannot do, carefully delineating facts from beliefs or wishful thinking. Filled with examples, this practical book provokes thinking. The purpose is to help CEOs figure out how to make the best use of AI, suggesting how to extract AI’s greatest value through appropriate task allocation between human experts and AI. The author challenges the attribution of characteristics like understanding, thinking, and creativity to AI, supporting his argument with the ideas of the finest AI philosophers. He also discusses in depth one of the most sensitive AI-related topics: ethics. The readers are encouraged to make up their own minds about AI, and draw their own conclusions rather than accept opinions from people with vested interest or an agenda.

Call for Papers Special Issue of BRQ Business Research Quarterly: “Leadership in Special Contexts”

Submission deadline: January 31, 2023

Guest Editors:
Franz Kellermanns, University of North Carolina—Charlotte
Miguel Pina e Cunha, NOVA School of Business and Economics
María Concepción López-Fernández, University of Cantabria
Remedios Hernández-Linares, University of Extremadura

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This special issue will examine leadership in special contexts, defined as those that require organizations to make sense of an emerging reality and/or exert specific forms of contextual agency. We will focus on two types of special contexts: emerging contexts and crisis contexts, which coexist and coevolve in this new normal, as highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

We invite scholars to elaborate new theories that are well suited for studying the role of emerging and crisis contexts in leadership processes and outcomes and to examine methodological and empirical approaches that can redefine leadership research.

Manuscripts for the special issue are to be submitted by January 31st, 2023. BRQ Business Research Quarterly is a quarterly journal looking to publish a small set of high-quality articles in each issue that address central topics in the field. For information about the special issue and the journal please see this link: https://journals.sagepub.com/page/brq/call-for-papers.

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Call for Papers: ANTISEMITISM AND THE WORKPLACE Opening the black box

Antisemitism - the age-old hostility, prejudice, negative stereotypes and active
discrimination against Jews as individuals and as a collective, has seen a sharp ascent in Europe over the past decade (FRA, 2021, DelaPragolla, 2019). In France, “the most dangerous European country for Jews” (Mortimer, 2020) 85% of Jewish young people report having experienced an antisemitic incident (de Neuville, 2020). In the UK, which saw last year the highest number of antisemitic incidents ever (JTA, 2022), police records for the period 2020/2021 show that “Jews are statistically more than four times more likely to be the targets of hate crimes than any other religious group” (CAA, 2022); whereas the USA has evidenced last year the highest number of anti-Jewish incidents on record (ADL, 2021) with one out of every four Jews (24%) encountering antisemitism in the last 12 months (AJC, 2021). Fueled by the social and dark media, conspiracy theories that have long had a close association with antisemitism (Boyford, 2011) link Jews to present-day political and financial instability (Kofta, M., Soral, W., & Bilewicz, 2020; Lockwood, 2021). Jews also feature prominently in current conspiracy discourse such as Covid-19 (Jews caused it and are profiting from it: Gerstenfeld, 2020) and ‘replacement theory’ (Walzer, 2021). The evidence is clear that antisemitism alongside allosemitism prevalence and intensity are on the rise worldwide, not confined to a particular age group or social strata (Schwarz-Friesel, 2020). It is also prevalent in domains without any Jewish presence (e.g. Malaysia: Ainslie, 2019), while in other geographies bereft of Jews (e.g. China: Horn, 2021) Jews are believed to be omnipotent superbeings.

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Dates: Vienna, July 4-5, 2022

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Business Research Quarterly (BRQ), Call for Associate Editors

BRQ – Business Research Quarterly is seeking candidates for Associate Editors. The term of office is expected for a period of four years.

Born in 1998 as Cuadernos de Economía y Dirección de la Empresa (CEDE), BRQ is the official journal of ACEDE (Spanish Academy of Management). It has been part of the Academic Journal Guide (AJG) since 2021 and it has an Impact Factor of 5.475 and a 2020 ISI Ranking of 50/153 (Business) and 71/226 (Management).

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Position descriptions

Associate Editors

BRQ needs applicants with specific skills in at least one of the following areas: Strategy, International Business, Entrepreneurship, Family Business, Innovation Management, Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Accounting and Marketing. On the one hand, they will conduct peer review of manuscripts according to the Editorial Policy and, with the Editor-in-Chief and other Associate Editors, make autonomous publication decisions on assigned manuscripts. On the other hand, Associate Editors will suggest and participate in initiatives to increase the visibility of BRQ among current and potential readers.

Essential qualities sought from candidates include the following:

  • A strong record of high-quality international publications.
  • Extensive experience as a reviewer for business and management journals.
  • A wide scope of interests and skills to handle article submissions with very diverse problem statements and methodologies.
  • A proved capacity to keep good records, maintain with authors and reviewers a constructive and respectful relation, and enforce the highest ethical standards.
  • Demonstrated administrative skills, capacity to handle a demanding workload and to meet deadlines.
  • Must be prepared to contribute to the success of the journal through attendance at editorial meetings and representing the journal at events and to institutions.
  • Must have methodological expertise in quantitative and/or qualitative methods.

Application process

Send a short CV focused on your publishing, reviewing and editorial experience to jpmaicas@unizar.esand add a brief statement outlining the interest in the position, the relevant experience in other boards or international committees as well as a description of your editorial vision for the journal. Please, write “Call for Associate Editors” in the email subject line. The deadline for this specific call is February 28th 2022 (applications for Associate Editors, however, are welcome at any time).

A search committee, guaranteeing the anonymity of all candidatures, will review applications. This committee will provide a recommendation to ACEDE’s Board for consideration. An Extraordinary ACEDE Assembly, to be held in June 2022, will approve the final proposal.

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Call for Papers: Journal of Service Theory and Practice

Special Issue: "Emerging Digital Technologies and Professional Services"

Submissions open: 1 January 2022

Hurry! Sumissions Close: 23 April 2022


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Digital technologies and platforms such as computers, mobile devices and social media have changed the way consumers and service providers interact with each other, in the last few decades (Moffett et al. 2020; Yadav and Pavlou 2014; 2020). This trend is continuing with the emergence of new digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence (Davenport et al. 2020; Huang and Rust, 2018; 2020; Rai 2020), augmented and mixed reality (Hilken et al. 2017, 2020), Blockchain, Machine Learning, Internet of things (Hoffman and Novak 2018), robotics (Mende et al. 2019), and virtual reality (Sample et al. 2020), which are further transforming the way service firms develop and deliver their services to customers (Grewal et al. 2020a, 2020b). Despite such growing widespread interest in the emerging digital technologies, most current research focuses on their impact in the consumer services contexts, such as education, healthcare, retailing, transportation etc. (Grewal et al. 2020a, 2020b). By contrast, there is hardly any research on the impact of these new digital technologies on the professional services despite their important contribution to economic growth and employment around the world and significant differences with consumer services in their decision-making process (Pemer, 2021). We aim to address this gap in this special issue and make a new contribution to the extant research on the role of emerging digital technologies in service theory and practice. Specifically, this special issue aims to extend the growing research on the impact of emerging digital technologies (e.g., artificial intelligence, blockchain, internet of things, machine learning, virtual reality etc.) to the professional services context (e.g., advertising, audit, consulting, engineering, marketing, research etc.). We will achieve this aim by attracting high quality manuscripts that use a variety of conceptual and empirical (qualitative and quantitative) approaches to create new knowledge about how these technologies may influence the attitudes, perceptions, behaviours and decisionmaking for the professional services providers, customers, and other value chain partners. In this context, the limited extant research on the role and impact of emerging digital technologies in the professional services context shows findings that clearly highlight the need for more research on this topic. For example, a recent study shows that applying digital technology indiscriminately to the professional services context may have a significant negative impact on customer perceived value if the service firms do not balance their service quality dimensions with the application of these new technologies (Nguyen et al., 2020). Professional service providers are also faced with the challenge of integrating the components of these new digital technologies with the knowledge-intensive nature of their activities (Lubarski et al., 2017). More recently, Pemer (2021) shows that frontline workers in knowledge-intensive professional services are influenced by the fit between technological innovations and the type of intelligence their services are built on coupled with their occupational identities and the service climate in their organisation. Thus, an indiscriminate adoption of emerging digital technologies by professional services providers may restrict their ability to standardize complex recurring tasks while continuing to offer customized services to address the unique needs of their diverse customer base All these results indicate the importance of this topic and the need for more research to help service providers apply new digital technologies in the professional service context in a responsible and effective manner.


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Investigating trauma: Methodological, emotional, and ethical challenges for the qualitative researcher

Call for papers for: Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management

Submissions open: 31st July 2021

Submission deadline: 19th November 2021

This proposed special issue intends to address the methodological, ethical and emotional challenges for the qualitative researcher when researching trauma.  Trauma occurs when a person’s coping mechanisms are overwhelmed (see Van der Kolk, 1998, Young, 1995).  Traumas frequently occur in extreme contexts such as natural disasters, wars, and illegal transport of migrants, but may also be found in more everyday contexts like hospitals and social housing, such as the Grenfell Tower fire in the UK in 2017.  The current pandemic outbreak of Covid-19 is a striking example of an extreme context which can lead to trauma.

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Most literature about trauma can be found in the fields of psychology and medicine where the importance of reflecting on methodological, ethical and emotional challenges when conducting trauma research is highlighted.  The field of management and organization studies is largely missing such reflexive accounts of researchers.  Such accounts are essential for a better understanding of the phenomenon of trauma for organizations and management in general and are necessary for an increased awareness of the challenges for organization and management researchers.  While some research acknowledges that trauma scholars need to be able to deal with participants’ vulnerability, there is very little research conducted that considers the emotional effects on the researcher (Stoler, 2002, Campbell, 2013).  Conducting research in extreme and traumatic contexts is challenging as it deals with stressful and potentially shocking experiences of injustices and suffering that can create feelings of guilt and exhaustion in the researcher (Morse and Field, 1995, Dickson-Swift et al., 2007).  Even studying secondary traumatic accounts in documents without direct contact with those who had experienced the traumas, can result in “sleeping disorders, emotional changes and a need for social support” (Dickson-Swift et al., 2007).

The purpose of this special issue is to collect (self-)critical accounts of organization and management researchers based on their various methodological, emotional, and ethical experiences in studying trauma.  We are interested in how researching trauma – whether intentional at the outset of the research process or emergent during the research endeavour – may impact the qualitative researcher and the research process.  The intention is to bring together a collection of thought-provoking papers that can help to further develop our understanding to improve trauma research practice in organization and management studies.

An indicative list of topics for empirical and conceptual papers for this special issue includes:

  • The emotional experience of researching trauma;
  • Ethical challenges and regulation of trauma research;
  • Factors affecting the social construction of official responses to trauma and their contents;
  • The impact of collective memory, its absence and cultural norms and values on the research of trauma;
  • The implications of Covid-19 and/ or other disease outbreak research for the qualitative researcher;
  • Usefulness or otherwise of documents produced by official investigations to trauma in organisations
  • Autoethnographic or insider accounts of research into specific traumas, including reflections of a researcher’s prior experience on their understanding of trauma;
  • Reflective essays on ownership of trauma(s) and any rights of the researcher;
  • Considerations of whether academic accounts contribute to closure and development of understanding around trauma;
  • Experiential learning through researching trauma;
  • Transferability of concepts from other disciplines for studying trauma in organisations and management;
  • Intersectional perspective (e.g. effects of gender, race and class) on trauma and on researching trauma;
  • Researcher’s response to unexpected trauma when conducting qualitative research;
  • Resilience or other responses to trauma;
  • Challenges of researching the wider impacts of trauma.

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Call for Papers: Special Issue “Experimental Designs to Address Current Challenges in Entrepreneurship Education Research” at EE&P

Special Issue „Experimental Designs to Address Current Challenges in Entrepreneurship Education Research“ at EE&P. This special issue is a joint initiative from USASBE and ECSB and we aim to bring together scholars working in entrepreneurship education and using experimental designs as a method in their field. There will be several events throughout 2021 where, as a prospective author to the special issue, you will have the chance to learn more about the topic from the Guest Editors and receive preliminary feedback on your work.

Submissions are welcomed between February 1st and March 31, 2022.