*Call for Papers*

*Special Issue of Journal of Intellectual Capital*

*“Investigating Multi-Level Sociological, Psychological, and Managerial
Challenges in the context of Intellectual Capital from and within Emerging

*Guest Editors:*

Vijay Pereira, Professor, NEOMA Business School, Reims Campus, France

Glenn Muschert, Professor, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Arup Varma, Professor, Loyola University Chicago, USA

Pawan Budhwar, Professor, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

Michael Babula, Assistant Professor, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Gillie Gabay, Senior Lecturer, College of Management Academic Studies,


Economies in the global south, including emerging markets, have in recent
years emerged as the fastest developing countries. This development has
surged ahead, driven by the human capital base that evolved through
deliberate and strategic investments made by these countries. However, key
determinants of explosive growth such as the intellectual and social
capital are areas that are under-researched. More specifically,
insufficient attention has been paid to the sociological, psychological,
and managerial challenges in the context of intellectual capital (IC) from
and within emerging markets. This special issue aims to utilize a
multi-disciplinary approach by investigating the key sociological,
psychological, and managerial challenges in the development of forms of
intellectual capital at macro (nations, regions, or economies), meso
(organizations, industries, or communities), and micro (teams, families, or
individuals) levels. Contextually, and of particular interest are countries
considered fastest-developing such as BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China,
South Africa), MINT (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey), Next Eleven
(Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, the
Philippines, South Korea, Turkey, and Vietnam), and CIVETS (Colombia,
Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey and South Africa). Of late the Journal of
Intellectual Capital has published work on emerging countries (e.g. see
recent work on ‘changes in the productivity of insurance companies in
Ghana’ by Oppong et al., (2019) and ‘intellectual capital efficiency and
organizational performance: in the context of the pharmaceutical industry
in Bangladesh’ by Chowdhury et al., (2019)), and this call for papers
solicits further such contextual work following the topical areas of
research appended below.

Sociological factors associated with intellectual capital in emerging
markets that need further examination include the effects on class
(caste/tribe/ethnic groups where applicable) conflict and social policies.
For example, it is unclear whether the development of intangible forms of
capital in the global south complement or undermine social welfare systems
(Doh et al., 2017). Moreover, it is also unclear whether the development of
intellectual capital has led to greater accumulation of capital (in various
forms), or to the decentralization of capital (Tomé, 2005). Are forms of
intellectual capital in developing markets leading to greater exploitation
of human and natural resources, or to more sustainable practices (Crane,
2013).  Finally, how has corporate social responsibility developed in
rapidly developing societies (Devinney, 2011) and what challenges and
opportunities are presented by these dynamics?

Psychological factors related to intellectual capital similarly need
further scrutiny, especially the idea of intangible property forms (Babie,
2010) which diverges from structural notions of intellectual property.
There is a notion that liberal conceptions of private property – and in
particular, intellectual property – are leading to challenges with regards
to climate change, economic insecurity, and a rise in violence and civil
unrest in emerging markets.  For example, are such emerging notions of
intellectual capital part of the problem, or are such challenges emergent
from micro-level traits or strategies observed in newly-developed settings
(e.g., mental states, cognitive schemes, or behavioral phenomena)?

Managerial challenges in the context of intellectual capital in emerging
markets can also be identified at macro, meso, and micro levels. At the
macro level, for example, there have been the long discussed challenges of
‘brain drain’, a phenomenon wherein key human capital of an emerging
country emigrates to developed countries in search of greater professional
and financial opportunities and in the process, these countries lose their
intellectual capital (Docquier & Rapoport, 2012; Baruch, Budhwar & Khatri,
2007). In contrast, a more recent phenomenon wherein these highly educated,
experienced and globally sought experts move back to their country of
origin, has led to what is termed as ‘reverse brain drain’ (Wadhwa, 2009).
At the meso and micro levels, there are issues of transition when it comes
to managerial approaches, especially within certain high-tech industries in
these emerging economies, which move up the value chain, mainly driven by a
knowledge based economy, as compared to a previously more traditional
economy reliant and dependent on foreign intellectual capital. A classic
example here is that of the Indian business process industry and its allied
organizations (Pereira and Malik, 2015), which have moved up the value
chain, over time, from being a destination of cheap call centers to hubs of
research and development, engaging key knowledge workers possessing tacit
intellectual capital.


Based on the above focus, below we identify a list of indicative topics
with the potential to form research questions and we encourage both
conceptual and empirical submissions. More specifically, we develop a list
of macro, meso and micro sociological, psychological and managerial
challenges in the context of intellectual capital (IC) from and within
emerging markets. That said, the list we develop here will not be
exhaustive and other relevant topics will also be considered.
Sociological/Psychological/Managerial topics identified are:

•     Macro:

o    IC in class/ethnic/cultural conflicts

o    IC and gender

o    IC in regional/national/international policies

o    IC and social welfare systems

o    IC and the accumulation/diffusion of capital

o    IC and use/exploitation of human and natural resources

o    IC and sustainable societies/SDGs

o    IC in the digital sphere

o    IC in MNCs

o    IC and corporate social responsibility

o    IC and post-colonialism/neo-colonialism

o    IC and intellectual property

o    IC and climate change

o    IC and economic insecurity

o    IC and violence/civil unrest

o    IC and talent/brain drain and relevant reverse talent/brain drain

o    IC and social values

o    IC and International migration challenges

•    Meso

o    IC in organizational politics/practices

o    IC is urban life

o    IC in state/municipal governance

o    IC in smart cities

o    IC in professional contexts/certifications

o    IC in SMEs

o    IC in business ecosystems

o    IC and industries

o    IC and resource-based/knowledge-based perspective

o    Reliance of foreign IC

o    IC and the digitization of organizational relations

•    Micro

o    IC in person-to-person (P2P) relations

o    IC and professional performance

o    IC and small business

o    IC and micro-enterprise

o    IC and personality traits

o    IC and cognitive schemes

o    IC and behavioral phenomenon

o    IC and talent management in organizations

o    IC and skills

o    IC and development of tacit/explicit knowledge

·         IC and the digitization of work

*Submission Guidelines*

Submissions to this special issue must be made through the ScholarOne
submission system.

Ensure that you select this special issue from the relevant dropdown menu
on page four of the submission process.

Visit the author guidelines for the journal for full details.

*Special Issue Timetable*

This Special Issue will open for submissions: 01 November 2020

Author submission deadline: 31 December 2020

Notification to authors of decisions: 31 March 2021

Deadline for authors' revisions: 30 April 2021

Notification to authors of decisions: 15 July 2021

Deadline for 2nd revisions: 30 September 2021

Final acceptance of papers: 1 November 2021

This proposed special issue will be edited by multi-disciplinary experts
from the field of sociology, psychology, and management. Brief biographies
of the six editors are appended here:

*Editor Bios:*

*Professor Vijay Pereira*, a scholar of international business, is Full
Professor of International and Strategic Human Capital Management in the
People and Organizations Department at NEOMA Business School, France
(joining 31st December 2020). He is also an adjunct Full Professor at the
University of South Pacific (USP) Fiji. He was previously Associate
Professor at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE and Associate Dean at the
Australian University of Wollongong, Dubai Campus, UAE. Professor Pereira
is the Associate Editor (Strategic Management and Organization Behavior)
for the *Journal of Business Research* and the Global Real Impact Editor
for the *Journal of Knowledge Management*. He has a track record of
attracting funding and has published widely, in over 100 outlets, including
in leading international journals such as the *HRM US, Academy of
Management Perspectives, Academy of Management Discoveries, Journal of
Business Ethics, Journal of World Business, British Journal of Management,
International Journal of HRM, Journal of Business Research, International
Journal of Research in Marketing, Business History, International Marketing
Review, Journal of International Management, International Business Review,
Applied Psychology: An International Review and International Journal of
Production Research*, among others. Professor Pereira has guest edited
close to 20 special issues in top tier journals and has published 10 books.
He is currently on the editorial and advisory board for the journals
and Operations Management* (Listed in Financial Times), *International
Journal of HRM, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Asian Business &
Management Journal *and* South Asian History and Culture*. Professor
Pereira is currently the elected Vice President of the Academy of
International Business (Middle East and North Africa) and the Secretary of
the Indian Academy of Management (an affiliate of the Academy of
Management, USA).

Professor Glenn Muschert, is Professor of Sociology in the Department of
Humanities & Social Sciences at Khalifa University of Science and
Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE. He has formerly served on the faculty of
Sociology, Social Justice, and Comparative Media Studies at Miami
University (USA), and the Law and Society faculty at Purdue University
(USA).  In the academic fields of Sociology, Media Studies, and Justice
Studies, he has written or edited a dozen academic volumes and special
collections of journals, dozens of academic articles, and dozens of
chapters in academic volumes. Dr. Muschert has frequently served as
visiting international scholar/adviser, and has collaborated research
projects/colleagues in a variety of international contexts, including
Turkey, the Palestinian State, the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, South
Korea, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Finland,
Greece, and Italy. He has served as associate editor for Teaching
Sociology, and on the editorial advisory board of various journals such as
Social Problems, Secrecy & Society, and the Turkish Journal of Sociology.
Since 2009, he has served as Secretary and member of the Board of Directors
for the Society for the Study of Social Problems. He has a track record of
attracting internal and external funding for research projects. Major book
publications include Theorizing Digital Divides (Routledge); The Digital
Divide: The Internet and Social Inequality in International Perspective
(Routledge); multiple volumes of the Agenda for Social Justice (Policy
Press); Columbine, 20 Years and Beyond: Lessons from Tragedy (Praeger); and
Responding to School Violence: Confronting the Columbine Effect (Lynne
Rienner Pub.) His research as appeared in a variety of academic journals
such as Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice; International Journal of
Communication; American Behavioral Scientist; Aggression & Violent
Behavior; Humanity & Society; Homicide Studies; Disaster Health;
Sociological Spectrum; The Gerontologist; Sociology Compass; Research in
Social Problems & Public Policy; Criminal Justice Studies; Social Science
Journal; Annual Review of Law & Social Science; Youth Violence & Juvenile
Justice, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly; and, Sociological

Professor Arup Varma, (PhD) is Professor of Human Resource Management at
the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Varma’s
research interests include performance appraisal, expatriate issues, and
HRM in India. He has published his research in several leading journals,
including the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied
Psychology, and Personnel Psychology, etc. He is also the co-editor of six
published books – Performance Management: A Global Perspective (2008),
Doing Business in India (2011), Managing Human Resources in Asia-Pacific
(2014), Performance Management Systems: An Experiential Approach (2019),
and Indian Business -- Understanding a Rapidly Emerging Economy (2019), and
Spirituality in the Workplace -- Insights from India. Prof Varma has
co-guest edited special issues of several leading journals, including Human
Resource Management (2010, and forthcoming); International Journal of Human
Resource Management (2011); Journal of World Business (2012); and Journal
of International Management (2018), Human Resource Management Review
(forthcoming), and Personnel Review (forthcoming).

Professor Pawan Budhwar, PhD, is a Professor of International HRM, an
Associate Pro Vice Chancellor International (India) and the Director of
Aston India Centre for Applied Research, Aston University, Birmingham, UK.
Professor Budhwar is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of British Journal of
Management and Associate Editor of Human Resource Management. He is the
co-founder and first President of Indian Academy of Management, an
affiliate of the AOM. Prof Budhwar’s research interest is in the broad area
of HRM in emerging markets with a specific focus on India. He has published
over 110 articles in leading journals and has also written and/or co-edited
18 books. Professor Budhwar is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy,
British Academy of Management, the Academy of Social Sciences and the
Indian Academy of Management. He was AOM Caucuses Chair in 2009. He has
been regularly invited to deliver keynote speeches at major conferences and
has won many research related awards.

Dr. Michael Babula (PhD), is an Assistant Professor at Khalifa University
who holds a dual doctorate in psychology and politics, and an MBA in
finance. His publications in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology and
PS: Political Science and Politics aim to transform the way in which social
scientists view human psychological development. His book titled
Motivation, Altruism, Personality, and Social Psychology took up the
question of whether individuals are capable of pure altruism.  He argued
that dispositional traits were key to promoting altruism and encouraging
people to progress from “wanting more” based on extrinsic reward to
“becoming more” based on building intrinsic motivation.  Dr. Babula is thus
well positioned to serve as an editor on a special issue that would partly
investigate whether individual views of intellectual property could
contribute to solving climate-change, structural and episodic violence, and
other major issues facing emerging markets.  His most recent publications
have appeared in the Journal for Quality of Participation and International
Journal of Management Education.

Dr. Gillie Gabay (PhD), specializes in multi-disciplinary research. She is
a senior lecturer at the College of Management Academic Studies and serves
as a visiting professor in the department of health economics at Cattolica
University, Rome. She studies psychological, behavioral, human capital and
managerial processes in simple and complex systems, in various
organizations and industries such as healthcare, including very large
hospitals. She focuses on both the person to person level and the
organizational level. Dr. Gabay has applied the science of Mind-Genomics to
HRM, mapping communication messages by mindsets to promote both strategy
implementation and social capital. Her research appeared in a good variety
of Q1 rated academic journals focusing on the macro-level, the meso- level
and the micro-level. She has also published three books on the experiences
of individuals from various levels of organizations such as patients,
doctors, and hospital directors. Her current international research
examines processes that top executives manage, as they look ahead towards
the complex future world, such as assuring the resilience of human capital,
optimizing strategy effectiveness, designing organizational structures and
creating value for all stakeholders.


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