_Call for Papers_

International Journal of Technology Management (IJTM) special issue on:


Deadline 1 February 2013

Guest Editors:

Peter Gammeltoft, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Bersant Hobdari, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Max von Zedtwitz, Tongji University, Shanghai

Multinational companies from emerging economies (EMNCs) are becoming 
major players in the globalized world economy and wield growing 
influence on economic dynamics in developed, emerging and developing 
countries alike. The foreign presence and operations of EMNCs are 
becoming increasingly intertwined with innovation and knowledge 
generation processes both at home and abroad.

While the extant literature tends to build on the assumption that firms 
internationalize on the basis of innovations carried out at home, EMNCs 
often engage in international activities with the intent to access 
technologies they lack or to acquire resources enabling them to 
strengthen their innovative capabilities.

There are a range of challenges associated with such activities. 
Identifying, assessing, accessing and absorbing technology and knowledge 
from abroad is rife with challenges. Compounding these challenges, EMNCs 
are often engaging asymmetrically with foreign partners much stronger 
than themselves in a particular technological domain. Vice-versa, 
relinquishing technology to EMNCs may pose dilemmas to incumbents as 
well as nations.

At a more aggregate level, innovation-related outward foreign direct 
investment is contingent upon and in turn influences the broader 
institutional innovation system in which the investing firm is embedded. 
For example, competitive dynamics at home may drive firms to seek 
technology abroad; successful absorption of foreign technology may 
require an enabling knowledge infrastructure at home; and technologies 
acquired abroad may in turn spill over into the wider domestic 
innovation system.

In host economies, innovation-related investments by EMNCs may bring 
about synergies and infuse local firms with required capital and market 
access, while at the same time intensifying competition in technological 
domains. Where high-tech clusters in developed economies are concerned, 
the nature and impact of EMNC presence remains insufficiently analyzed.

This special issue solicits papers related to the broad theme of the 
relationship between emerging economy multinationals and innovation and 
knowledge flows, whether perceived at micro, meso or macro level. 
Conceptual, representative and case-based papers alike are welcomed.

Subject Coverage

Topics include but are not limited to:

·Which roles of outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) are coming to 
play in the innovation processes of EMNCs, at both strategic and 
operational levels?

·Why, how and with which outcomes are EMNCs engaging in 
innovation-related OFDI?

·What are the implications for incumbent MNCs in developed countries, 
e.g. in terms of competitive and collaborative dynamics?

·How do host governments respond to technology-seeking investments by 
EMNCs? To which extent do they promote them, and what may be appropriate 
facilitating frameworks?

·What are the macroeconomic and institutional contingencies and 
implications for home economies of innovation-related investments?

·What are the opportunities and threats for host economies of these 

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be 
currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. 
Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally 
copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for 
authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting 
papers are available on the Author Guidelines 
<> page.

Important Dates

Submission of manuscripts: _1 February, 2013_

Editors and Notes

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our 
information on preparing and submitting articles 
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experience any problems submitting your paper online, please contact 
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describing the exact problem you experience. Please include in your 
submission the title of the Special Issue, the title of the Journal and 
the names of the Guest Editors.



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