Emerging technologies are technologies that are newly emergent from their science base at an early and pre-commercial stage. Furthermore, emerging technologies are those technologies that have the potential to enable innovations that will fundamentally allow new value propositions and disrupt existing markets. Emerging technologies may also be adopted by existing industries or new industries. More importantly, emerging technologies may result in the growth of new industries, which are called emerging industries. The electric vehicle and robot are good examples of such innovations and industries.
Harvard Business School Prof. Clayton M. Christensen proposed the concept of disruptive technologies to predict industry change. Through disruptive technologies, technology enablers disrupt business models by making new products and services affordable and accessible. Emerging technologies and disruptive technologies may arise from (1) a major scientific breakthrough, such as radar or next-generation genomics; (2) the integration of several technologies, such as advanced robotics or energy-storage devices or systems; (3) a single advance that enables a much bigger innovation, such as electric vehicles or high-speed rail. Accordingly, emerging industries can come about via emerging technologies or new business models, such as e-commerce or application software (apps), etc.
Many advances in newly emerging technologies and industries transform our way of life, business and economy. Good examples of emerging technologies and industries include the following. Tesla Motors make electric vehicles to change our way of transport, energy systems and public transport systems. FANUC Corporation makes robots and robotic tools to take on human tasks through automation and intelligence design. While Alibaba, Amazon and Ebay encourage many people to purchase their books, clothing and daily goods online, WhatsApp, Line and WeChat help many people to communicate through interactive social media. CSR Corporation’s development of a 600-800 km/h high-speed rail will reform human transportation. The challenges and opportunities involved in the above deserve the attentions of emerging technologies and industries.
There are great shifts in innovation and production hubs in East Asia today. In this special issue we aim to discuss managing emerging technologies and industries in parts of East Asia such as China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, etc. We are interested in a wide range of types of paper, including quantitative, qualitative and case-based research. Consequently, wide arrays of approaches to research are welcome.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The impact of managing disruptive technologies, emerging technologies and emerging industries
- Origins, evolution and interdependence in managing emerging technologies and industries
- The commercialisation process in managing the diffusion of emerging technologies
- The role of business models and ecosystems in managing the diffusion of emerging technologies
- Managing changing business models and ecosystems in emerging industries
- Strategic management of emerging technologies and industries
- Intellectual property rights management of emerging technologies and industries
- The role of stakeholders (e.g. investors, venture capitals, incubators, customers) in managing and facilitating emerging technologies and industries
- The role of government and public policy in managing and facilitating emerging technologies and industries
- The role of supporting infrastructure (e.g. ICTs) in managing and facilitating emerging technologies and industries
- Managing new business models, new revenue models and new ecosystems in emerging industries
Submission of manuscripts: 30 June, 2015