Special issue guest edited by Yingying Zhang, J-C Spender and Claudio
Knowledge and innovation emerge as the focus for organization and management studies within the
globalized and technology speedy world of todayís business. Knowledge and innovation become especially globalized as technological changes reshape the ways managers carry out their work. Consequently many researchers consider business model, business process,
and business strategy innovation the principal determinants of firm performance, and imply the firmís knowledge is its main means to gain and sustain competitive advantage.
Different angles and approaches have been taken by scholars until now to study and understand organizational
knowledge and innovation. Ikujiro Nonakaís humanistic approach to knowledge management is one of them, shaping the way managers understand and practice organizational activities.
Beyond studying the impacts of technological advance on society at large, how knowledge and innovation
management occurs in different business settings has been less studied or understood. For instance, is knowledge and innovation managed in the same way across different countries or different industries? Likewise we can query whether knowledge and innovation
management are global phenomena or vary according to culture.
With such questions in mind, this Special Issue aims to bring together studies carried out from
many different points of view to examine organizational knowledge and innovation, as well as the related fields of entrepreneurship and organizational learning.
The Special Issue calls for both theoretical and empirical work that addresses following questions
or related ones, though the list is more suggestive than prescriptive:
How to submit
All submissions to this Special Issue will be put through Cross Cultural Managementís formal review
For information on format authors should consult Cross Cultural Managementís submission
The deadline for submission is June
30th, 2014. Please submit manuscripts via ScholarOne at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ccmij
About the Guest Editors
Yingying Zhang is an Associate Professor of Management and Organization at CUNEF, Complutense University
of Madrid and Director of CUNEF Centre for Knowledge and Innovation. Recently she was selected as one of six participants in an EU video project "EU-China: A Success Story" for the career achievement. Her current research interests include knowledge and innovation,
cultural values, Chinese management, and dynamic international strategic HRM. Besides of more than 10 contributions of books and book chapters, she also publishes in scientific journals such as Cross Cultural Management, Management and Organization Review,
The Journal of Service Industries, International Journal of Human Resource Management, and Human Resource Management Review. She currently serves on the editorial review board of Management and Organization Review, and guest editor for a special issue "Rising
Powers from Emerging Economies" at International Business Review.
JC Spender is a Visiting Professor at ESADE and elsewhere. He is the author or co-author of many papers and book chapters on cultural, strategic, and knowledge management issues, and of several books, most recently Robert R. Locke & JC Spender, (2011) Confronting Managerialism: How the Business Elite and Their Schools Threw Our Lives Out of Balance (Zed Books) and Alan Burton-Jones & JC Spender (eds.), (2011) The Oxford Handbook of Human Capital, Oxford University Press. A new forthcoming text, JC Spender, (2014) Business Strategy: Managing Uncertainty, Opportunity, and Enterprise (Oxford University Press), presents a novel entrepreneurial or strategic practice grounded on the work of Frank Knight. Spender is continuing to write continue around this topic, fleshing out his Ďtheory of the managed firmí (TMF).
Claudio Petti is Assistant Professor at the Department of Engineering for Innovation University of Salento. His
research activities are in the field of Entrepreneurship, Technology Innovation Management and Strategy, with particular focus on Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship. From October 2009 to March 2011 he has been a visiting scholar at the Sun Yat-Sen
Business School to investigate the factors influencing Chinese enterprisesí technological innovation and entrepreneurship capabilities. His recent works on this topic has been published on International Journals such as Frontiers of Business Research in China
and Measuring Business Excellence. Besides numerous conference proceedings he edited two books with Edward Elgar Publishing on Technological Entrepreneurship, the latest entirely focused on China. He participated as a speaker on China technology and innovation
in numerous conferences and workshops in Italy and in China. Overall he published more than 30 works in international journals, referred conferences proceedings and books.