Economic competitiveness in the long run depends on a variety of development facets, ranging from economic to social and even physical drivers of growth. Governments are struggling with high unemployment, low productivity and budget constraints, and at the same time aspire to shift towards competitiveness based on knowledge and innovations. The public sector is required to build new capacity, while businesses are encouraged to establish stronger partnership ties with various stakeholders. These issues concern countries all around the world, and many challenges need to be met at both local and global level.
The European Union has set five ambitious objectives - in employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and climate/energy - to be reached by 2020. Hence, the main purpose of this special issue is to encourage researchers and practitioners discuss their findings and insights concerning drivers for progress in the global society.
The array of research questions aims to focus on how telecommunications, advanced information technologies and the changing face of media may affect the future of industries and the public sector, and how can they can assist in improving quality of life and creating wellbeing and prosperity.
Empirical and conceptual papers devoted to a wide range of issues affecting countries and companies – especially SME competitiveness, creativity and innovations, energy security and environment protection – are sought. This special issue, we believe, will add new scientific insights to current knowledge; will help to develop new suggestions for policy makers concerned with employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and climate/energy issues; and will provide suggestions for managers concerned about capability building and new management practices.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Emerging challenges of big data
- Energy security and economic competitiveness
- Creative industries and regional development
- Economic growth and sustainable development
- Societal impact of social, organisational and technological innovations
- Business and management success factors in business and the public sector
- Research and development in the digital age
- Social cohesion and social innovations
Submission of manuscripts: 15 July, 2014
Comments to authors: 31 August, 2014
Revised papers received: 30 October, 2014
Final paper decision: 31 December, 2014