Journal of Product Innovation Management

Gloria Barczak, Editor-in-Chief


Special Issue on:

Social Innovation in an Interconnected World


Guest Editors

Dr. Ruby P. Lee, Florida State University, USA; Hanken School of Economics, Finland

Dr. Jelena Spanjol, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Dr. Sunny Li Sun, University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA

Dr. Bo Zou, Harbin Institute of Technology, China


Submission due date: November 15, 2017


Over the past two decades, social innovations have dramatically changed the landscape of worldwide societal challenges such as social inequality, poverty, pollution, energy provision, unemployment, and healthcare. Defined as a way to offer novel solutions that can more effectively and efficiently solve social problems and needs, social innovations like Microfinance and Fairtrade labels have become the main engine of inclusive growth and social change. In part because the social innovation literature is still fragmented and dispersed among fields, we believe that it is time to revisit existing theories in innovation, entrepreneurship, public policy and other domains to account for various new phenomena relating to social innovation. Given the evolving nature of innovation and the shifting focus of innovation from developed economies to emerging economies, the purpose of this special issue is to address a pressing need to understand social innovation in an interconnected world, specifically its role in emerging economies.


Given the multidisciplinary nature of social innovation and entrepreneurship research, we invite manuscripts that are from various scholarly domains including, but not limited to economics, finance, international business, marketing, organizational behavior, psychology, sociology, and strategy, to name a few. We encourage manuscripts that go across markets and industries, and take a global perspective. We further welcome diversified methods (qualitative or quantitative or mixed), including comparative history analysis and case study to enrich our understanding of social innovation in the interconnected world. 


A Special Issue Conference will be held June 1-3, 2018 and dedicated to the authors whose papers have gone through the first round of review to present their work and receive feedback from the audience. It will be held at Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China. Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii, Manoa is sponsoring best paper awards. 


For the full call for papers, suggested topics and research questions, please visit the journalís website or go to


Questions about this special issue may be directed to Ruby Lee at [log in to unmask], Jelena Spanjol at [log in to unmask], Sunny Sun at [log in to unmask], or Bo Zou at [log in to unmask]


Ruby P. Lee, Ph.D.
Professor of Marketing
Director, Master of Science in Marketing Program
Director, International Programs
College of Business, Florida State University, USA

Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics (2016-2017)
Hanken School of Economics, Finland

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