13 March 2007

Call for papers: Collaborative service development

Call for papers: Collaborative service development

A special issue of International Journal of Services Technology and Management

The value creation potential of inter-firm collaboration has accelerated a growing number of alliances during the past decade. Benefits in terms of innovation through collaboration encouraged increasing innovation partnerships in various industries. However, very few studies have analysed collaborative service development. One reason resides in a strong tradition of innovation research that promotes new technologies whilst most services industries are rarely considered to undertake formal R&D processes.

This special issue will investigate collaborative service development and its organisational structures with emphasis given to innovative services. Empirical studies, case studies, best practice and theoretical contributions are welcome.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Collaborative service development for innovative services
  • Trust in service development networks
  • Service development networks and human resource management
  • Management of service innovation networks
  • Knowledge creation and transfer in service development networks
  • Property rights in service development networks
  • Organisational aspects of service innovation networks
  • Collaborative service development, communication and boundary spanning
  • International service innovation networks
  • Joint service and manufacturing collaborative networks to foster service-product-co-design
Important Dates

Full paper due: 31 August 2007
Notification of acceptance: 30 November 2007
Final version of paper due: 5 January 2008

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