28 November 2014

Call for papers: “Internet Marketing and Advertising in the Framework of New Interactive and Multimedia Developments”

For a special issue of the International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising.

New interactive and multimedia developments are new and quickly evolving research area that offers great challenges, but also many new opportunities for managers. Since research in this area is still premature and sparse, a greater understanding is required. The purpose of this special issue is to study and explore how managers relate to these new media platforms in regard to strategies and implementations, and to also explore managerial consequences.

This issue aims to bring together collaborative efforts from different perspectives. Accordingly, the Guest Editors welcome submissions that offer innovative and illuminating insights into how executives in marketing and advertising management can
  • understand and evaluate the appropriateness of these new interactive and multimedia platforms in regard to creating and increasing consumer online relationships, involvement and persuasion;
  • understand and evaluate perspectives on how digital network environments facilitate new models of community organising, communication and public relations;
  • understand and evaluate the complementary roles marketers and pre/prosumers may play as they interact and collaborate on the marketing process on these new interactive and multimedia platforms;
  • evaluate the new methodology challenges and uncharted areas for the advertisers and marketing researchers needed to manage these platforms;
  • develop greater insight into consumers from these data-rich environments;
  • develop useful guidelines and tools for these new interactive and multimedia platforms to improve marketing and advertising activities for products and services;
  • design integrated marketing communication programmes and secure a holistic and consistent approach to digital network communication/marketing campaigns and their messages, content and form;
  • monitor and assess digital network communication/marketing campaigns on these new interactive and multimedia platforms and respond to changes in these new environments;
  • use the gained insight to complement traditional insight and develop even more powerful advertising and marketing mix programmes.
All rigorous and thoughtful conceptual papers, literature reviews, case studies, empirical studies and methodological papers on the new trends in interactive and multimedia developments are encouraged. In terms of methodological approach, we do not privilege any particular research methodology and welcome articles which are variously informed by quantitative, qualitative and behavioural experiments, data mining, case study research, or a combination of methods. Moreover, papers that delineate critical paths for future research and/or discussions on how marketing and advertising theories, strategies and practices focused on the internet are affected, and their implications for associated processes, products and services, are highly encouraged.

The special issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Contemporary Marketing Issues (ICCMI) 2014. However, we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Contemporary marketing and advertising methods on the internet
  • Consumer behaviour and consumer responses through the internet
  • Evolutions in web marketing
  • Changes in marketing mix strategies and activities
  • Customer relationship management (CRM) with emphasis on web-CRM
  • Social media strategy
  • Social media advertising
  • Advertising using mobile phone applications
  • Internet review sites
  • Website optimisation using interactive and multimedia tools
  • Consumer co-creation on the internet
  • E-word of mouth
  • Contemporary e-commerce issues
  • E-communications
  • Multi-channels/omni-channels
  • Use of online and multimedia data
  • Web analytics and measurement strategies
  • Ethics in marketing and advertising through the internet
  • Agents to help determine pricing strategies
  • Web marketing services
  • Security and privacy issues on the internet

Important Dates
Submission deadline: 23 January, 2015
Notification of acceptance: 30 April, 2015

27 November 2014

Call for papers: “Innovation in Material Forming and Equipment”

For a special issue of the International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management.

Material forming through plastic flow forced by forming equipment is an efficient method for creating products possessing lightweight and long-term service reliability. During recent decades, global competition in the fields of transport and aerospace has led to increasing demand for new material-forming technologies and equipment.
 
The objective of this special issue is to collect papers which enhance our understanding of plastic flow behaviour, innovative material forming technologies, lightweight material forming, new structure designs, new equipment for material forming, etc.
 
The issue will mainly focus on recent advances in material forming technologies and forming equipment.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Materials forming with vibration, electromagnetism and laser
  • Forming with lightweight materials and structures
  • Sheet/bulk/tube metal plastic forming processes and equipment
  • 3D printing technology and equipment
  • Tool designs and tooling technologies
  • Powder metallurgy processes
  • Friction behaviour in metal forming
  • Composite/graded/multi-layer/metal foam materials forming
 
Important Dates
Submission deadline: 30 July, 2015
Notification to authors: 31 September, 2015
Final versions due: 31 November, 2015

Special issue published: "Energy, Economic Growth and Climate Change"

International Journal of Green Economics 8(2) 2014
  • Black energy intensity versus green energy intensity: implications for sustainable development
  • Is energy-led economic growth causing climatic shift? A causal analysis for India
  • Renewable energy potential of developing countries: the drivers towards a green economy (a case study from Uzbekistan)
  • Energy efficiency and environmental considerations for green data centres
  • Many hamsters: how the EU can enable private firms to provide renewable energy
  • A theoretical basis for green growth

26 November 2014

Call for papers: “Material Forming and Product Performance”

For a special issue of the International Journal of Materials and Product Technology.

Plastic deformation is one of the most economical material manufacturing processes in the industry. During the past two decades, the requirement for lightweight and high-performance materials in the automobile and aerospace fields has spurred many new plastic forming technologies.
 
Controlling product performance during material forming is a typical characteristic of these new forming technologies, and is becoming a popular topic at present. The topic often includes plastic forming with lightweight or graded materials, new structures and their forming technologies, new forming technologies for traditional materials, microstructures and performance control in plastic forming, etc.
 
This special issue will address recent advances in material forming technologies at scales ranging from micro- and macro-scales, microstructure evolution in forming, and the usage performance of formed products.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Lightweight materials and structure
  • Microstructure evolution in forming
  • New bulk forming technologies
  • New sheet metal forming technologies
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Micro- and nano-forming
  • Composite and graded material forming
  • Joining and welding processes by plastic forming
  • Formed products and their performance
 
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 30 April, 2015
Notification to authors: 31 June, 2015
Final versions due: 31 August, 2015

Call for papers: “Pricing and Revenue Management in the International Hospitality Industry”

For a special issue of the International Journal of Revenue Management.

The international hotel industry, which comprises more than 14 million rooms, is one of the world’s largest service sectors, contributing nearly 10% of the world’s GDP. The growth and success of the hotel industry and its role in the global economy is enabled through the efficient and effective implementation of revenue management models and systems. But fast-evolving information technologies are contributing to the complexity of revenue management in the industry.
 
Big data is the name of the game in hotel revenue management as pricing decisions becoming increasingly dynamic, reflecting the evolution taking place in distribution channels. In addition, other hospitality sectors – such as restaurants – increasingly apply (new) pricing and revenue management techniques.
 
Unfortunately there is a paucity of academic research that provides deep consumer insights at a micro level to enable the better application of disciplined analytics that predict consumer buying behaviour to optimise revenues and profits. This special issue seeks to explore directions for future research in hospitality pricing and revenue management, a significant and yet under-researched topic.
 
This issue invites high-quality research offering insights into the key emerging challenges in pricing and revenue management. Since it is a special issue, we are not bound by methodological restrictions. We are more interested in papers that make significant contributions to understanding pricing and revenue management decisions in hotels than in the choice of methodologies.
 
We are open to diverse methodologies including data-based mathematical models, empirical research, integrative literature reviews, meta-analysis papers, case studies, experimental research, conceptual frameworks and/or any innovative methods.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following: 
  • Behavioural pricing – Deep insights into how consumers perceive, process and respond to prices
  • Price presentation – Greater understanding of impact of price formats, price endings, discounts, price levels and fences on revenue management
  • Data and segmentation – New possibilities to unlock customer-oriented data
  • Discrete choice modelling and conjoint analysis – Consumer choice in the context of pricing
  • Dynamic pricing and learning – Determining optimal selling prices under changing circumstances
  • Forecasting – Improving the quality of forecasts through better models and evaluation
  • Revenue analytics – Customer-oriented metrics to assess revenue management performance
  • Technology, internet and revenue management systems – Capturing abundant consumer data via an advanced (IT) infrastructures to collect and store demand data and to automate the processing of revenue management decisions
  • Distribution channels – Challenges faced by hotels in managing ever-evolving distribution channels
  • Other specific hospitality pricing and revenue management topics with significant implications are also welcome; in such cases, please do not hesitate to contact the editors with a short outline of the intended submission
 
Important Dates
Manuscript submissions: 31 May, 2015
Review reports: 31 July, 2015
Revised paper submissions: 31 September, 2015
Final manuscript submissions: 31 October, 2015

Call for papers: “Data Acquisition and Processing, Uncertainty Management and Inverse Problem Techniques for Structural Health Monitoring Applications”

For a special issue of the International Journal of Sustainable Materials and Structural Systems.

The objective of this special issue is to present recent advances and emerging cross-disciplinary approaches in the broad field of structural health monitoring with a focus on novel techniques for (a) data acquisition and processing, (b) uncertainty modelling and quantification, and (c) inverse problems.
 
In particular, this issue intends to provide a forum for a fruitful exchange of ideas and interaction among diverse technical and scientific fields such as aerospace, structural, marine, mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as applied mathematics, statistics and computer science. Specific contributions related both to fundamental research and to engineering applications of advanced signal acquisition/processing techniques and health monitoring algorithms for damage detection and reliability prognosis are welcome.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Multi-scale data processing methodologies
  • Joint time-frequency signal analysis tools
  • Spectral analysis/estimation subject to highly incomplete/sparse data
  • Compressive sensing algorithms for efficient real-time data management
  • Theoretical and experimental modal identification
  • Operational modal analysis
  • Linear and nonlinear system identification
  • Statistical system identification methods (maximum-likelihood, Bayesian inference) for parameter and state estimation
  • Model updating/validation and correlation
  • Uncertainty quantification in model selection and parameter estimation
  • Optimal strategies for experimental design
  • Optimal sensor and actuator placement methods

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 1 April, 2015
Notification to authors: 1 June, 2015
Final versions due: 1 September, 2015

Hacked emails slice spam fast

Spam spreads much faster and to more people when it is being propagated by hacked, or otherwise compromised, email accounts rather than legitimate accounts, according to research published in the International Journal of Security and Networks. The insight should help those modeling the dynamics of information diffusion as well as those hoping to track and trace spam with a view to slowing or blocking its propagation. Spam traditionally contained ads for fake or counterfeit products, but currently also contains disruptive rumors and information of a political nature.

Ghita Mezzour and Kathleen Carley of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, explain that spammers often use hacked accounts to spread spam. Spam sent from hacked accounts is often given more credence than anonymous spam or spam with an obviously scurrilous or scandalous source. This is by virtue of the spam coming from someone the recipient may know via the hacked account’s address book. In some cases, the recipients believe the spam content is correct and forward it to their friends who may, in turn, forward it to their friends. Large numbers of accounts are hacked (or hijacked) through malicious software (malware) or by guessing passwords with the purpose of using them as hosts for sending out vast numbers of spam messages. However, modeling the spread of this kind of information usually assumes that the source is a human deliberately sharing the information.

The team has found that modeling the behavior of hacked accounts results in spam diffusion dynamics different from what work on information diffusion has predicted. Hacked accounts tend to more aggressively send spam, partly because deliberately, individually propagated spam is done manually, whereas hacked spam is more commonly generated automatically by the malware that has infected the account in the first place. This aggressive behavior of hacked accounts causes spam to reach more people faster. The online equivalent of word-of-mouth is powerful when a message is repeatedly and forcibly sent to one’s inbox. Today’s social networking sites are plagued by malicious accounts that behave aggressively and differently from humans. Understanding and modeling the effect of the behavior of these accounts is important to reducing spam and attacks on social networking sites.

Mezzour, G. and Carley, K.M. (2014) ‘Spam diffusion in a social network initiated by hacked e-mail accounts’, Int. J. Security and Networks, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp.144–153.

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25 November 2014

Call for papers: “Small Business Financing”

For a special issue of the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business.

SMEs play a crucial role in fostering growth and employment in many countries in Europe and elsewhere in the world. However, these firms face serious financing difficulties, especially in times of crisis.
 
Consequently, this special issue aims at bringing to the forefront issues and challenges related to small business financing, noticeably during periods of the financial crisis. Authors are invited to submit high-quality empirical and theoretical contributions.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Economics, finance and accounting issues of small business financing
  • Availability of leverage and access to capital markets
  • The consequences of the financial and economic crisis
  • The role of financial intermediaries, especially banks and private equity investors, in small business financing
  • The role of non-bank intermediaries, governments and other institutions in small business financing
  • The relationships between access to finance and small business performance, investment, innovation and growth
  • The influence of new regulatory and supervisory requirements (Basel III, etc.) on small business financing
  • Policy proposals to encourage small business financing of creation and innovation, etc.
 
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 15 July, 2015
Notification to authors: 15 September, 2015
Final versions due: 15 November, 2015

Call for the papers: "Design-based Research for Online Learning Environment Development"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments.

Online learning has evolved from a marginal form of education to an increasingly popular alternative. Online learning environments can be developed using learning management systems (such as Blackboard or Edmodo), social media platforms (such as Facebook Groups) or authoring tools (such as Articulate or Adobe Captivate). However, as an online learning environment has some limitations such as a lack of classroom climate or social cues, its development often faces challenges. Research indicates that design-based research can be a practical approach to the development of high-quality online learning environments.
 
Design-based research (also referred to in this context as educational design research or educational design experiments) has two primary purposes: 1) producing a usable artifact such as an online learning environment through several rounds of prototyping, and 2) generating design principles for guiding the development of similar artifacts. It often involves a number of iterations, in which design, development, formative evaluation and revision are systematically carried out and the quality of the artifact is gradually improved.
 
This special issue aims to collect and publish exemplary cases and development studies on using the design-based research approach in the development of online learning environments. Development and research articles and conceptual papers are welcome. In particular, examples of showing how effective online learning environments are developed by progressing through several iterations are preferred.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Theoretical frameworks or models for design-based research
  • Theoretical frameworks or models for online learning environment development
  • Cases studies and examples of online learning environment development
  • Experiences of using authoring tools (such as Articulate or Captivate) to create online learning environments by following the design-based research approach
  • Experiences of using learning management systems to develop and host online learning environments by following the design-based research approach
  • Experiences of using social media platforms to design online learning environments by following the design-based research approach
  • Lessons learned from design-based research studies
  • Meta-analysis of design-based research studies
  • Design and development of interactive online learning environments
  • Social media for online learning
 
Important Dates
Full paper submission: 28 February, 2015
Notification of acceptance: 31 March, 2015
Final submission: 15 May, 2015

Call for papers: “Interorganisational Knowledge Management and Value Co-Creation in Service Networks”

For a special issue of the International Journal of Services Sciences.

Industrial companies face new challenges when their offerings shift towards service- and knowledge-intensive solutions. The service perspective on networks emphasises customer focus along with the relational and interactive nature of networked value co-creation. In service networks, superior customer value can only be co-created through more intense interaction and knowledge sharing between the network actors. Thus, the role of knowledge management emerges as central in these service-oriented business networks.
 
There is a need for research that addresses both the role of explicit and tacit knowledge in interorganisational relationships and interdisciplinary problems arising in the service industry. The service perspective emphasises that it is crucial to assess customer knowledge, customers’ perceptions of value, and customers’ experience in different markets. Furthermore, the network approach highlights the importance of understanding the value drivers of all network actors in order to find practical solutions to enhance value creation from all of the actors’ perspectives.
 
References:
Kothandaraman, P. & Wilson, D. (2001). The Future of Competition: Value-Creating Networks. Industrial Marketing Management 30(4), 379-389.
Lusch, R. F., Vargo, S. L., & Tanniru, M. (2010). Service, value networks and learning. Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, 38(1), 19–31.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Knowledge sharing practices in service networks
  • Effects of digitalisation in service networks
  • Value co-creation models in service business relationships
  • Small businesses and entrepreneurship in this area
  • Service solutions for local businesses and customers
  • Management of international service operations
  • Methods and approaches for co-learning in the service context
 
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 15 August, 2015
Notification to authors: 15 October, 2015
Final versions due: 15 December, 2015

24 November 2014

Call for papers: “Visionary entrepreneurship in complex worlds: computer modelling, business games and scenario analysis”

For a special issue of the International Journal of Markets and Business Systems.

The aim of this special issue is to (1) advance knowledge, (2) stimulate innovative theorising and (3) facilitate discussion and connections about entrepreneurship in complex worlds using computer modelling, business games and scenario analysis. Building computer models to run simulation experiments in virtual environments provides a strong tool to support scenario-based analysis of long-term sustainability of business ideas (Delauzun and Mollona, 1999) as well as supporting decision making through the so-called model-based governance (Armenia et al., 2013). Computer-aided processes of deduction go far beyond the human capability to appreciate long-term consequences of strategic decisions. Thus, computer simulation supports entrepreneurs interpreting complex patterns of behaviour, such as peaks and lowest point, oscillations with different characteristics and changes in rates of growth or decline (Sterman, 2000).
 
Selected papers will be published from the 15th EURAM Conference, Track Entrepreneurship - Subtopic: "System Dynamics & Business Simulations", 17-20 June 2015, Kozminski University, Poland, but submissions from outside this event are also welcome
 
References: 
Armenia S., Carlini C., Onori R., Saullo A. P., 2014. “Policy Modeling as a new area for research: perspectives for a Systems Thinking and System Dynamics approach?”, Proceedings of the Business Systems Laboratory - 2nd International Symposium, Rome (Italy).
Delauzun, F. and Mollona E.. 1999. “Introducing System Dynamics to BBC World Service. An insider perspective”, Journal of Operational Research Society, 50:364-371.
Sterman, J.D. 2000. “Business Dynamics: Systems thinking and modeling for a complex world”. McGraw Hill.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Learning/teaching entrepreneurship through business games
  • Utilisation of computer modelling for scenario analysis
  • Organisational complexity with computer-based scenario analysis
  • Environmental complexity with computer-based scenario analysis
  • Business games as experimental test-beds for internal corporate entrepreneurship
We especially welcome papers that present business games and computer models or that report cases of utilisation of these tools for education or as supports for entrepreneurial decision-making.
 

Important Dates
Deadline for Submissions: 30 September, 2015

Educating on sickle cell risk

Members of the public in sub-Saharan Africa who are carriers of the hereditary disease sickle cell disease must be educated aggressively through public health campaigns to raise awareness of the risks of parenting offspring with the disease if their partner is also a carrier, according to research published in the International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics.

There are many physical and emotional public health components of sickle cell disease, explains William Ebomoyi of the Department of Health Studies College of Health Sciences, Chicago State University, Illinois, USA. Moreover, there ethical and legal considerations surrounding the screening of newborns for this potentially lethal disease.

Sickle-cell disease (SCD), also known as sickle-cell anemia (SCA) or drepanocytosis is an inherited condition in which a child of parents both of whom are carriers of the associated hemoglobin gene who inherits both copies will produce abnormal red blood cells that are rigid and often sickle-shaped. The disorder causes both acute and chronic health problems, such as repeated infections, severe attacks of pain and potentially stroke and death. Carriers of just one copy of this particular hemoglobin gene tend to have greater resistance to the lethal parasitic disease malaria compared to people without a copy of the gene. However, around 2 percent of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is born with SCD. Moreover, incidence is rising across the globe as populations migrate.

In the age of genomics, however, Ebomoyi suggests that raising awareness of the risks of having children with SCD if both parents are carriers is important. “An aggressive health education of the public is required to maintain a shared responsibility for their courtship behaviour by alerting potential suitors of their heterozygous status,” he suggests. He adds that, “Major sickle cell education programmes need to be integrated into the curriculum of elementary, secondary and tertiary academic institutions.”

Ebomoyi, E.W. (2015) ‘Ethical, legal, social, and financial implications of neonatal screening for sickle cell anaemia in Sub-Sahara Africa in the age of genomic science’, Int. J. Medical Engineering and Informatics, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp.46–56.

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End to End 5G for super, superfast mobile

A collaboration between NEC Electronics and several academic centres in China and Iran, is investigating how software-defined cellular networking might be used to give smart phone users the next generation of super-superfast broadband, 5G. They provide details in the International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems.

Currently, the fourth generation of mobile phone connection technology, 4G, in as far as it has been adopted provides broadband-type connectivity for enabled devices such as smart phones, tablet computers, laptops and other gadgets through two standards: the Mobile WiMAX standard (first used in South Korea in 2007), and the first-release Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard (in Oslo, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden since 2009). Peak speeds were set in the standards at 100 megabits per second (Mbit/s) for mobile users and ten times that for static, domestic 5G users, 1 gigabit per second. 100 Mbits/s is three times faster than the earlier 3G system but users commonly do not see data transfer at such high rates, downloads are usually at best 10 Mbits/s.

As yet there is no single standard for 5G although various systems are being touted based on rebuilding the cellular networks to be super-efficient and exploiting different frequencies with their capacity for greater data rates. The hope is to be able to achieve download speeds of perhaps 10 Gbits/s.

Lei Jiang of NEC Laboratories in Beijing and colleagues are working with colleagues at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in Chengdu, Beijing Jiaotong University and the University of Kurdistan. They have assessed the latest developments aimed at 5G systems and have proposed their own novel end-to-end (E2E) software-defined cellular network (SDCN) architecture which they say offers flexibility, scalability, agility and efficiency. Moreover, it will be sustainable for providers as well as profitable.

They are currently building a demonstration system that will allow them to utilise several promising technologies in their architecture for 5G including cloud computing, network virtualisation, network functions virtualisation and dynamic service chaining. The approach, they suggest could overcome bandwidth shortage problems, improve quality of service so avoiding delays and data loss, as well as reducing the vast number of error-prone network nodes needed for such a system.

Lai, J., Jiang, L., Lei, M., Abdollahpouri, A. and Fang, W. (2015) ‘Software-defined cellular networking: a practical path towards 5G’, Int. J. Communication Networks and Distributed Systems, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp.89–105.

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Special issue published: "Current Trends in Tribology in the Iberian Peninsula II"

International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering 8(4) 2014

Expanded versions of papers presented at the Iberian Conference on Tribology 2013.
  • Mechanical and tribological performances of polypropylene composites containing multi-walled carbon nanotubes
  • Predictive maintenance of a worm reducer with an unbalanced load
  • Force relaxation and hysteresis in a frictionless superconducting magnetic bearing
  • Effect of varying cashew dust and resin on friction material formulation: stability and sensitivity of ยต to pressure, speed and temperature
  • Testing and FEA as prediction strategies on the ball bearings behaviour
  • Analysis of different multiaxial fatigue criteria in the prediction of pitting failure in spur gears
  • Corrosion resistance of tungsten carbide-based cermet coatings formed by sinter-brazing
  • Investigations on the effects of surface texture on the performance of a porous journal bearing operating with couple stress fluids

Hearing the cheer of the crowd

The modern consumer is keen to be more than a passive recipient of goods and services. Social media, web 2.0 and more have empowered customers so that they share their opinions with other consumers online, offer feedback to corporations and through crowdsourcing schemes may even be asked for their expertise, ideas and sometimes financial backing by those companies.

There have been many examples during the last decade or so of organisations that have turned to the crowd for assistance, perhaps in solving a problem that will lead to a better product for the people who help and others, perhaps in backing financially a novel invention or book and allowing the organisation or individual to bring it to market. Writing in the International Journal of Technology Marketing, researchers in Finland consider the drivers that lead members of the public, the crowd, to participate in such activities and provide insights for those who wish to use crowdsourcing for their own ends, and for the greater good.

Miia Kosonen and Kaisa Henttonen of the School of Business, at Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland, explain that members of the public, acting essentially en masse, can provide organisations with valuable knowledge and new ideas in a very cost-effective way. “However, while existing research has focused on the users and the general characteristics of crowdsourcing, there is still a lack of understanding of how the hosting organisation should organise and govern crowdsourcing initiatives,” they explain. Their research has allowed them to identify six management practices that if implemented well would allow a crowdsourcing initiative to work the most effectively and efficiently.

The six management practices identified by the team are:


  1. Selecting appropriate communication technologies

  2. Defining tasks

  3. Evaluating crowd size and its knowledge base

  4. Launching tasks and supporting interpretation

  5. Giving feedback and encouraging interaction

  6. Allowing user-driven idea evaluations

“Crowdsourcing platforms support firms in integrating users and customers in various types of innovation tasks,” the team explains. Their insights, based on illustrative cases and a survey of earlier research suggests that the transformation from company-driven innovation to user-driven models brings challenges that might be addressed by considering these six key aspects of developing a crowdsourcing program. “Our study has implications for the emerging research on crowdsourcing, where most studies have so far focused on the individual user level and neglected the hosting organisation’s perspective,” the team points out.

The team adds that crowdsourcing has to be seen as a two-way process and that it must have obvious benefits for the individuals among the “crowd” as well as the hosting organisation. “An organisation should not presume its crowdsourcing initiative will be successful,” they say. “But instead be prepared to define tasks and target crowds by trial and error. This is a two-way process at the heart of any successful idea crowdsourcing initiative.”

Kosonen, M. and Henttonen, K. (2015) ‘Cheer the crowd? Facilitating user participation in idea crowdsourcing’, Int. J. Technology Marketing, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp.95–110.

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23 November 2014

Call for papers: “Integration of Wireless Technologies with High-Performance Computing and its Applications”

For a special issue of the International Journal of Mobile Network Design and Innovation.

There is an ever-increasing demand for the integration of wireless communication technologies with high-speed computing, which makes use of super computers and parallel processing techniques for solving complex computational problems. Many scientists, engineers and research groups are already actively involved in high-performance computing (HPC) with the help of integration of wireless technologies to allow the solving of computer science, engineering and business problems using various applications that require high bandwidth, low-latency networking and very high computing capabilities.
 
Wireless technologies integrated with HPC have moved into the mainstream of computing and have become a key technology in determining future research and development. These technologies hold great potential for the future but still require many challenges and questions to be addressed. This special issue aims to foster the dissemination of high-quality research into the integration of wireless technologies incorporated into HPC paradigms, models, algorithms, technologies and applications.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Algorithms and technologies for integrating wireless networks with HPC
  • Evaluation of existing tools and techniques in wireless networks in regard to computing with applications
  • Various stages of novel accelerator processors, systems and architectures (including analysis, design and implementation)
  • Simulation methods and comparisons for any kind of wireless networks in regard to HPC with applications
  • Parallel and distributed system architectures, software technologies and algorithms
  • Wireless sensor networks and applications with HPC
  • Novel computing models for integrating wireless networks with peer-to-peer/grid and cluster/cloud/pervasive computing
  • Database applications and data mining
  • Programming models, analysis and design of algorithms for accelerator-based computing
  • HPC in modelling and simulation
  • Parallel applications on accelerators

Important Dates
Deadline for the paper submission: 15 May, 2015

22 November 2014

Call for papers: “Next Generation of Research in Transportation and Logistics: Our Common Future”

For a special issue of the World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research.

In the last several decades, the transportation and logistics field has witnessed many remarkable changes as a result of innovation in ICT that have facilitated improvements in manufacturing, data interchange, network design, intelligent transportation systems, warehousing and inventory, and cargo handling. New innovations in alternative fuels and vehicle/engine designs have also begun to change the dynamics of transportation, creating more options for transport. Furthermore, the industry is now on the verge of witnessing a sixth mode of passenger and freight transportation: commercial space.
 
While this rapid change creates many opportunities, there are also challenges concerning safety and security as well as the design and integration of the transportation system itself. How do governments regulate an increasingly integrated transportation system? How do they safely incorporate vertical and horizontal space launch as well as greater commercial use of unmanned systems?
 
The purpose of this special issue is to act as a platform for the innovative work of the next generation of researchers and scholars in transportation and logistics. It is targeted specifically at doctoral students who are at the cutting edge of transportation and logistics research. We encourage papers from all aspects of transportation and intermodal transportation where innovation has occurred or should occur.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Air cargo and passenger transportation
  • Alliances in the transportation industries
  • Brokering services
  • Cargo handling, equipment and facilities
  • Electronic data Interchange
  • Ground transportation
  • Infrastructure development, maintenance and upgrade
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Leasing companies
  • Network design
  • Ocean port development, facilities and linkages
  • Pipeline operations
  • Railroad development and involvement in intermodal transportation
  • Regulation of intermodal transportation
  • Security and safety of transportation systems
  • Supply chain innovation
  • Sustainability/transformational innovation
  • Transportation competition and cooperation
  • Transportation networks
  • Trends in intermodal transportation
  • Unmanned systems
  • Warehousing and inventory

Important Dates
Submission of full papers due before: 30 June, 2015