13 February 2010

Call for papers: Systems Thinking in Inter-Organizational Collaboration

A special issue of International Journal of Applied Systemic Studies

Management studies have long investigated the evolution of collaboration as it occurs within organizational boundaries. However, the widespread deployment of e-business strategic thinking, e-services and Internet-related technologies has enabled new options for collaborating and sharing ideas, activities and projects among organizations that may be scattered in different geographies and cultural domains. The resulting interconnected organizations can be thought of as complex systems comprised of heterogeneous components that work together for accomplishing joint tasks.
Hence, exploring the potential effects of applying systems thinking in inter-organizational collaboration may pave the future of e-Business. Relevant key questions that are raised include:
  • How and why do organizations collaborate?
  • How does co-creation take place?
  • How can systemic thinking (models, methodologies, tools) be used for managing distributed collaboration?
  • How does innovation take place in such a business environment and how should companies change to adapt to this new scenario, leveraging the opportunities provided by new e-business technologies?
Papers to be included in this special issue should be focused on one or more of the following subjects (the list is indicative rather than exhaustive):
  • Inter-firm networks
  • Technology transfer in networks
  • Systems thinking applications (models, methodologies, tools) in inter-firm networks
  • E-business applications in cross-enterprise collaboration
  • Designing and developing cross-enterprise e-services (e.g. for e-government, health care, education)
  • Systemic methodologies for cross-enterprise innovation
Case studies, surveys and papers based on empirical data are preferred; a rigorous research methodology is required, as well as a review of existing literature and adequate reference to bibliographical sources.

Important Dates

Deadline for (extended) abstract submission: 25 March 2010
Response by Guest Editor: 25 April 2010
Deadline for full paper submission: 31 July 2010

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