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Call for papers: Special Issue on Open Innovation and Knowledge for
Fostering Business Ecosystems 

Submission deadline: September 30, 2017



Guest Editors:

João J. Ferreira (University of Beira Interior, Portugal)

Aurora Teixeira (University of Porto, Portugal)



The paradigm of open innovation has received substantial attention from
academics and practitioners since it was first popularized by Chesbrough
(2003) as a counterpoint to the traditional ‘closed innovation’ view. Open
innovation is based on a strong of antecedent knowledge  developed in the
innovation management literature, including approaches related to R&D
externalization, outsourcing, inter-firm collaboration and
organization-environmental interaction (Huizingh, 2011; Lazzarotti et al.,
2017). In essence, open innovation approaches suggest that the generation of
innovative outputs is facilitated by more openness towards external sources
of knowledge. This openness encourages the fluidity of knowledge and
information flows between firms (Chesbrough, 2006; Crescenzi et al., 2016;
Shearmur & Doloreux, 2016).

More particularly, research should shed new light on how open innovation and
knowledge may stimulate performance of business ecosystems. In this Special
Issue a synergistic portfolio of papers will be selected to illuminate new
research opportunities and challenges for open innovation and knowledge
management academics and decision makers. Innovation is traditionally
considered to be the primary driving force of progress and prosperity.
Within innovation management research and practice there is some significant
understanding of this standing but less is known about how open innovation
and knowledge (spillovers) interact with business ecosystems.

Networks enable partners to create and share knowledge. Some literature on
the knowledge transfer (Battistella et al., 2016; Giudice et al., 2016;
Ferreira et al., 2013; Ferreira et al., 2016; Ferreira et al., 2017;)
provide insight in how firms interact with their environment to benefit from
open innovation: interorganizational networks as locus of innovation (Powell
et al., 1996), explorative and exploitative network ties (March, 1991;
Vanhverbeke, 2006). Open innovation benefits from building connections that
are wide and deep and from finding the right balance between these

Empirical evidence shows that firms implementing open innovation need a
number of open networking capabilities (absorptive capacity, multiplicative
capacity and relational capacity),  with suppliers, customers, higher
education institutions, competitors, and others (Gassmann et al., 2010;
Huston and Sakkab, 2006; Perkmann and Walsh, 2007).

The emergence of the open innovation approach has been deeply influenced by
changes in our thinking about the essential importance of firms’ internal
and external knowledge environments. More mobility of skilled workforces and
more ready transmission of knowledge by information technology enlarged the
occurrence of spillovers between firms and their external environments.
University-industry cooperation and the growth of Triple Helix relationships
involving firms, universities, and government have gradually become the
standard (Crescenzi et al., 2016; D’Este and Iammarino, 2010; Leydesdorff
and Etzkowitz, 1998). By cooperating region­ally, nationally and
internationally, business ecosystems can to improve their strengths, combine
skills, and create diverse applications for newly discovered solutions
(creativity) sharing their resources and knowledge capabilities with other
regions in joint R&D partnerships, promoting entrepreneurial and innovative
systems, developing smart solutions and promoting the renewal and growth of

How to accomplish this strategic objective involves huge challenge and a
deeper understanding of the role of several stakeholders involved on this


Aims and Possible Topics

The aim of this Special Issue is to assemble high quality papers that deepen
and boost understanding the role of open innovation and knowledge on
business ecosystems development.  To achieve this aim, the special issue
invites conceptual and/or empirical papers, presenting cutting edge research
on open Innovation and knowledge at micro, meso and macro level. Papers that
examine trends and initiatives, employ original methodologies, and offer
interesting empirical insights and theoretical contribution related to open
innovation and knowledge driven business ecosystems are very welcome.

Possible topics include, but are not limited, to the following lines of

*         How may business ecosystem inspire and support technology
entrepreneurs and managers to innovate?

*         How may knowledge and creative skills be integrated with
technology solutions to create high-value innovations?

*         How may open innovation act as an instrument to support
organizational learning mechanisms are useful in business ecosystem?

*         What are the main impacts derived from cooperation and coopetition
among firms?

*         Is there a relation between open innovation and the
internationalization stance of businesses ecosystems?

*         How open innovation is devised and influenced by firms’
internationalization strategies and performance?

*         How may policy and public interventions favour these open

*         What are the main impacts of Science and technology parks to
promote open Innovation?

Journal of Innovation & Knowledge (JIK) publishes high-quality empirical
papers and can consider good conceptual and theoretical papers, but they
should not mainly be descriptive. Please see the JIK editorial aims on the
journal’s website.


Submission Process

To be considered for publication, manuscripts must be sent electronically to
the Guest Editors before 30 September 2017. Please submit manuscripts as
e-mail attachments to the Guest Editors ( <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
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soon as possible for preliminary consideration.

All submitted manuscripts should be prepared in accordance to the
ublicacion> JIK authors’ guidelines.

Selected authors will then be invited to submit their paper to the JIK
electronic submission system. The Special Issue editors plan to publish this
Special Issue at beginning of 2018. 


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