15 October 2007

Call for papers: Knowledge and Technology Management for Sustainable Development in Africa

Call for papers: Knowledge and Technology Management for Sustainable Development in Africa

A special issue of International Journal of Technology Management

The objectives of this special issue are to provide an overview of the important role of knowledge management in achieving sustainable development (SD) in Africa and provide an opportunity to discuss and clarify how universities can contribute to the generation of wealth in Africa through the transfer of finalised knowledge and the creation of new firms, new industries and business opportunities.

The special issue will also provide an opportunity for (but is not limited to) the participants of two major international conferences on Knowledge Management and Development to contribute to the ongoing debate in different issues relating to Knowledge Management in Africa. Selected papers will be published from the
  • Knowledge management regional conference held in Cairo June 11th-13th, 2007, organised by the Global Development Network, the African Capacity Building Foundation and the World Bank Institute, focusing on Knowledge Management as an Enabler of Change and Innovation: A conference for policymakers and practitioners.
  • The 6th International Conference jointly organised by the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) and Griffith University (Australia) held in Brisbane October 29th-31st, 2007, focusing on Managing Knowledge, Technology and Development in the Era of Information Revolution.
Submitted papers will also be considered.

The following and related areas are of particular interest for this issue, but there is no tight limitation to the scope of coverage of the papers that will be considered:
  • Knowledge transfer and diffusion
  • Education, higher education and teaching
  • Technological application to teaching and learning in HE
  • E-learning/distance learning and open access to learning
  • Open source and open access publishing
  • Learning and intellectual capital
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Information systems/technology
  • Innovative information technology research
  • Interconnectiveness
  • Indigenous development and IT
  • The digital divide
  • Technology and knowledge transfer: models of transfer, linkage policy, end user principal consideration, barriers, appropriateness, break through, funding, timing, etc
  • STI in the UN: lessons learned over the past 50 years and their relevance to Africa
  • Role of African universities in regional development and appropriate policy measures to improve such contribution
  • Productivity of science
  • Research and development
  • Managing innovation in Africa
  • Competitiveness, innovation and industrialiSation
  • Building industrial competitiveness in Africa
  • Knowledge and technology adoption constraints in Africa
  • Science parks and technology clusters
  • Best practice in the promotion of technologies
  • Technical change and technology management
  • Economics of technology and innovation
  • Understanding SD sustainable economic development policies
  • Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
  • Indigenous knowledge and SD
  • Indigenous development and gender
Important Dates
Paper title and a single page abstract with names of all authors, their affiliations and emails with corresponding author specified by asterisk: November 15, 2007
Submission of full manuscript with names, affiliations, emails and addresses of 3 potential reviewers who will be available for review of the manuscript: December 15, 2007
Notification of acceptance or rejection: December 31, 2007
Final revised manuscript: February 15, 2008

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