DIME » [Update : New submission deadline] Call for Papers for a Special Issue : Industry and Innovation
[Update : New submission deadline] Call for Papers for a Special Issue : Industry and Innovation
Submitted by mattarelli on 10 October, 2008 - 08:50.
Special Issue of Industry and Innovation on Offshoring of Intangibles and the Organization of Global Innovation New submission deadline : January 31, 2009
Rosa Grimaldi University of Bologna, Italy
Elisa Mattarelli University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Andrea Prencipe University G. D’Annunzio, Italy
Max von Zedtwitz School of Economics and Management Tsinghua University, Beijing
New submission deadline : January 31, 2009
Offshoring of intangibles and innovation
Offshoring of manufacturing tasks to low cost regions ─ e.g. Eastern Europe, India, or China ─ is a long debated phenomenon. In the mid 1990s, firms also started to offshore services requiring highly skilled labour (software development, product design, IT support, information system management, accounting, legal services, etc.) as well as more complex, knowledge intensive innovation activities. This more recent phenomenon, which we may label offshoring of intangibles has polarized the discussion between those who fear erosion of corporate competitive advantage and those who see this as an opportunity to tap into remote resources. Research has encompassed the effects by offshoring of intangibles on individual workers’ skills, on firms’ capabilities and competitiveness, on national and regional systems of innovation and on entire countries. However, despite increasing insights in the drivers, trends and strategic decisions underpinning offshoring of intangibles, our understanding of its impact on global organization of knowledge creation and management is still in its infancy.
A special problem related to offshoring is that of innovation. We know very little about the organizational issues/problems (both macro and micro) that innovative firms must address in order to improve their innovation potential through their offshoring activities and the organizational choices that impact the generation of innovation within offshoring initiatives. In addition, little empirical evidence has been produced on the implications of offshoring for organizations and knowledge workers or on the disruptive forces that offshoring unexpectedly brings to local, day-to-day work practices. Whereas the literature on virtual work shows the many challenges of distributed collaboration that remains ‘onsite’ (within one same country), further research is required to understand how offshoring uniquely changes work practice, thus influencing the innovative capabilities of globally distributed teams and organizations (involving several countries). We also need more evidence on how the unexpected consequences of offshoring activities, particularly those that are disruptive to organizations, in turn influence the generation of innovation at individual and firm levels.
Possible paper topics
The focus of this special issue is on organizing for innovation in firms involved in offshoring of intangibles. We invite papers investigating how planned organizational choices and unexpected organizational consequences impact innovation within single firms (inter-organizational) and in multiple organizational contexts (intra-organizational). Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
IMPACT ON INNOVATION IN FACING OFFSHORING OF INTANGIBLES
PLANNED ORGANIZATIONAL CHOICES
- What are the coordination mechanisms that are best suited to manage innovation within firms? - What are the virtual teams configurations within single firms which improve innovation capabilities? - What are the main organizational problems that need to be addressed within firms, when facing offshoring of intangibles?
- What are the coordination mechanisms that are best suited to manage innovation across firms’ boundaries?
- What are the strategies and difficulties in integrating and managing of knowledge in innovative globally distributed teams? - What are the governance modes enhancing knowledge flows across firms?
UNEXPECTED ORGANIZATIONAL CONSEQUENCES
- Under which conditions are there spill-overs of international sourcing of knowledge which result in new venture creation by a given firm? - Which factors are likely to affect the evolutionary paths of offshoring? - Under which conditions does offshoring of intangibles create new business opportunities within firms? - To what extent can unexpected organizational consequences of offshoring be disruptive for firms’ innovation competencies?
- What are the changes in work practices across firms’ boundaries introduced by offshoring of intangibles and their consequences on innovation? - Do disruptions in traditional ideas of leadership and organizational control in global distributed teams affect innovation? - Under which conditions does offshoring lead to the generation of global innovation involving multiple international players?
Empirical studies, theoretic pieces, review articles and case studies (if integrated in theory development) are encouraged. In empirical studies, research methodologies must be consistent with highest standards, and may include qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method approaches. Note that while Industry and Innovation publishes high-quality empirical papers, they should not primarily be descriptive. Rather, they should explicitly contribute to a theoretical agenda, and preferably be based on novel and exclusive data. Please see the Industry and Innovation editorial aims at http://www.industryandinnovation.org.
To be considered for publication, manuscripts of a maximum of 10,000 words, with clear indication of corresponding author’s contact details, must be sent electronically to the Guest Editors by November 30, 2008. The submission of the electronic file (in Word or RTF format) should be sent as an email attachment to Rosa Grimaldi: firstname.lastname@example.org, to whom all enquiries should be addressed. All papers will receive a double-blind review following Industry and Innovation’s normal review process. The review process will be accelerated requiring reviewers to adhere to a 3-month review cycle and authors to adhere to a 3-month revision cycle. A maximum of two revisions will be invited. Papers that miss the required revision cycle or that are not deemed acceptable after two revisions will not be further considered.
Expected Date of Publication of the Special Issue: April 2010