A special issue of International Journal of Management and Decision Making
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are a vital part of any national economy. Nowadays, to survive in the global knowledge-based economy, SMEs have to improve their products, services and processes, exploiting their intellectual capital in a dynamic network of knowledge-intensive relations inside and outside their borders. The managerial challenge, then, consists of creating new knowledge management (KM) configurations – in terms of technological and organisational tools – leading to organisational models sustainable from the competitive point of view. On the other hand, it is nowadays clear that advanced decision support systems (DSS) as well as business information systems (BIS) assist enterprises in automating and integrating corporate cross-functions and provide the basis for business process management integration in order to minimise costs and increase efficiency and effectiveness of enterprises.
This special issue’s aim is to provide a means for the publication and scientific interchange of information among researchers, practitioners, scientists and engineers in related disciplines, on an international basis, on all aspects of the application of DSS, BIS and KM in SMEs. The issue will also focus on barriers and drivers of ICT adoption by SMEs, policy issues related to BIS diffusion to SMEs, including lessons learnt, and best cases from recent research in this field.
Original research papers pursuing the journal style are invited in the following areas but may also address closely related topics:
- Barriers and drivers of ICT adoption by SMEs
- DSS/BIS applications in SMEs
- Intelligent systems for SMEs
- SMEs and the use of enterprise systems (ERP and CRM)
- SMEs and e-business
- Knowledge management in SMEs
- Data mining in SMEs
- Policy issues related to ICT diffusion to SMEs
- Lessons learnt and case studies
Paper submission: 15 May 2008
Notification of acceptance: 15 July 2008
Final paper submission: 15 September 2008