European Management Review
Special Issue

“Theoretical and Empirical Foundation Underlying 
Global Sourcing of Innovation”

Guest editors
Arie Y. Lewin, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, USA
Silvia Massini, Manchester Business School, Manchester, UK
Carine Peeters, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Belgium
Lucia Piscitello, DIG-Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

Extended Deadline for Submission:  October 22, 2012

Purpose of the Special Issue
The global sourcing of business services ranging 
from contact centers to engineering services and 
innovation has experienced a tremendous increase 
between 2005 and 2011 (from $50Billion to 
$3Trillion). This phenomenon has emerged as a 
strategic driver for companies and it has increasingly attracted academic
research by management, and international 
business scholars. However, its recent dynamics 
are ushering significant changes in firms, 
industries and careers, which are yet little understood.
First, the dynamics driving the globalization of 
innovation has been evolving over the past two 
decades and in recent years the share of higher 
value adding activities involving science and 
engineering work performed outside of the 
advanced economies of the West have begun to 
accelerate. In the past decade, companies ranging 
from small startup technological firms to major 
industrial multi-national corporations, have been 
increasingly implementing innovation strategies 
offshore that encompass captive engineering and 
technology centers offshore, and more recently 
“value added innovation partnerships” with 
strategic outsourcing providers. A major driver 
underlying the sourcing of engineering services 
and technology is access to qualified talent, 
which has emerged as a challenge across all 
industries. This maps onto a larger phenomenon 
relating to the emergence of a diaspora of 
talent; how the spread of social networking is 
giving it shape, and how it is negatively 
affected the ability of countries such as China 
to successfully implement reverse brain drain policies.
Second, recent analyses of total worldwide spend 
on engineering work conclude that emerging 
economies will account for all the growth in 
engineering spending over the next decade, 
representing an increase of $300 billion from a 
base of $850 billion in 2006. Newly 
industrialized economies such as Brazil, China, 
Colombia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and 
countries in Eastern Europe are seen as 
destinations which not only offer access to 
underutilized science and engineering (S&E) 
talent, but also have a higher education system 
in places that have the capacity to expand, have 
cultures that value education, and in some cases 
(e.g., China and, increasingly, Africa) are 
implementing national policies for attracting to 
their country the global business services 
industry as another lever of economic development.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to 
investigate the significant organizational and 
structural changes in firms, industries and 
careers of S&E talent ushered by the dynamic 
growth of global sourcing of innovation, and the 
relevant evolving ecology of global innovation. 
Hence, we invite studies that advance a 
multidisciplinary understanding of this 
phenomenon including sociology, economics, 
political science, strategy, international business, management and others.

Examples of research themes and questions for the Special Issue
We encourage submissions extending existing 
theoretical and empirical evidence that will 
enhance our understanding of the firm global 
organization, the relationship with relevant 
(home and/or host) country measures, and the 
relationship with firm performance. Both 
theoretical and empirical submissions are welcome.

The following list of themes and questions are 
meant to be illustrative, not exhaustive, and to 
provide an indication of topics we are interested in for this Special Issue.
– Organizational and strategic challenges faced 
by companies implementing boundary spanning 
innovation relationships/partnerships. For example:
         1. Managerial practices that affect 
effectiveness of internal organisation 
capabilities for acquiring, and assimilating 
knowledge generated by external sources.
         2. Specific organizational challenges 
involved in the interaction of cross-border 
intra- and inter-firm networks. How to develop 
effective global and regional partnership 
agreements? How      to encourage collaboration 
across various specialized providers?
         3. Managing partnerships/relationships 
involving local government, universities and suppliers.
         4. Risks inherent in global sourcing of 
innovation and organizational and strategic 
responses that can be devised to mitigate such risks.
– Role of (home and/or host) country 
institutional configuration that shapes the way 
firms and industries benefit from global sourcing of innovation.
         1. Recognizing and adapting to 
institutional/cultural challenges across 
different regions and how best to address, 
embrace, and overcome institutional/cultural differences.
         2. Role of emerging countries in 
reshaping the geography of the talent ecosystem, 
generating new technological solutions and 
business processes, and attracting business 
processes      outsourcing/offshoring.

Submission and Review Process

The deadline for submission of manuscripts is September 24, 2012.
Submissions will be provided via EMR Manuscript 
Central System at:
All submissions will be subject to the regular 
double blind peer review process.
Notification to authors: March 2013

For more information:
Lucia Piscitello, DIG-Politecnico di Milano, 
Milan, Italy, [log in to unmask]

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