12 April 2016

Call for papers: "The Future Promise of Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Cities: Governance, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management"

For a special issue of the World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development.

The concepts of Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart City have become quite popular among scholars and practitioners in the era of digital economy (Solima et al., 2015). The main strength of the IoT idea is the high impact that it will have on several aspects of everyday life and on the behaviour of potential users (Atzori et al., 2010). One of the biggest challenges is how the data created by devices will flow through several interconnected systems and within the entire city's ecosystem. Smart Cities play a key role in involving sustainable open and user-driven innovation ecosystems in improving firms’ innovativeness and in enhancing the quality of life (Schaffers et al., 2011). However, in order to allow cities to share data across systems and to coordinate processes across domains, it is essential to break some existing silos within and across public and private organisations within the city's innovation ecosystem (Carayannis and Campbell, 2009).

From the firms’ perspective, it becomes important to exploit these opportunities in order to innovate the business model, to create value (Scuotto et al., 2016) and to rethink and to adapt the business process management both inside and outside of the firms (Del Giudice, 2016). To do this, private managers need to carefully partner with other stakeholders within the ecosystem, mainly with public governments, leading to some criticisms typical of public-private partnerships (PPP).

In this context, the explosive growth of Internet of Things and Smart City applications creates many scientific challenges that call for research efforts from both academia and industry, especially for the development of efficient, scalable, and reliable Smart City based on IoT.

The purpose of this special issue is to obtain theoretical and empirical contributions with general or specific insights coming from past and present evidence, emphasising future possibilities.

Thus, we welcome both theoretical and empirical work coming from the EuroMed Conference 2016 which will be held in Warsaw, 14th-16th September 2016 and from open submissions or invited selected papers as well.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Knowledge management and Internet of Things
  • Smart cities
  • Quadruple innovation helix model and innovation ecosystem
  • Business model innovation based on IoT and/or in smart cities
  • Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in smart cities
  • Governance of IoT projects and alliances in smart cities
  • Start-up creation based on IoT/in smart cities
  • Innovation through IoT and Information Technology (IT)
  • IoT/smart cities and entrepreneurship
  • IP management
  • IoT and effects on firm governance and performance
  • Relationships between IoT and intellectual capital
  • Effects of IoT on accounting
  • Impact of IoT on financial markets

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 3 July, 2017

Atzori, L., Iera, A., & Morabito, G. (2010). The internet of things: A survey. Computer networks, 54(15), 2787-2805.
Carayannis, E. G., & Campbell, D. F. (2009). 'Mode 3'and'Quadruple Helix': toward a 21st century fractal innovation ecosystem. International Journal of Technology Management, 46(3-4), 201-234.
Del Giudice, M. (2016). Discovering the Internet of Things (IoT) within the business process management: a literature review on technological revitalization. Business Process Management Journal, 22(2).
Schaffers, H., Komninos, N., Pallot, M., Trousse, B., Nilsson, M., & Oliveira, A. (2011), Smart cities and the future internet: Towards cooperation frameworks for open innovation (pp. 431-446). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
Scuotto, V., Ferraris, A., & Bresciani, S. (2016). Internet of Things: applications and challenges in smart cities. A case study of IBM smart city projects. Business Process Management Journal, 22(2).
Solima, L., Della Peruta, M. R., & Del Giudice, M. (2015). Object-Generated Content and Knowledge Sharing: the Forthcoming Impact of the Internet of Things. Journal of the Knowledge Economy, 1-15.

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