24 November 2006

Call for papers: Networks of SMEs and Globalisation


Call for papers: Networks of SMEs and Globalisation

A special issue of the International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business (IJGSB)

Important dates:

Submission of extended abstracts (max. 500 words) : 15 February 2007

Notification of acceptance of abstracts : 28 February 2007

Submission of full papers following acceptance of abstracts : 30 April 2007

Notification of acceptance, refusal or revision of full papers : 30 June 2007

Submission of accepted and revisited final papers : 31 July 2007

Guest Editors: Luca Dezi and Francesco Schiavone, University Parthenope of Naples, Italy

In the third millennium, companies have, by necessity, to arrange a large number of links with their external environment in order to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. Cooperation and external agreements are in fact crucial for firms to both achieve resources, competencies and knowledge, not internally hold and to acquire new customers. In other words, external relations of firms are a very relevant source of their competitiveness and survival. This assumption shapes the present historical phase of capitalism, in which the ‘network paradigm’ is the dominant model of business management and governance for both large and small companies. In particular, one of the present main problems for small companies’ networks is to face globalisation and international dynamics of markets.

We invite contributions to a special issue of IJGSB that attempt to relate the networks of small firms with globalisation. Many networks of SMEs (e.g. industrial districts) indeed see this process as both a threat for their traditional business and an opportunity of international growth and development. In this context, the goal of this special issue is to collect a number of valuable papers analysing more ‘sides’ of this interesting and new dynamic interaction among networks of small companies and global markets and competitors.

For more information, please see the Journal Call for Papers website.

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