Publish in a Special Issue or Topical Collection in the Journal of the Knowledge Economy

We welcome submissions and proposals for new Issues and Collections, relevant to the Aims & Scope of the Journal. In addition to exploring compelling topics, these Issues and Collections may originate from conferences and workshops or focus on the research legacy of a pioneer in the field. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please complete the following Proposal Form and return with CVs of all Issue/Collection Editors to Editor-in-Chief, Elias Carayannis (caraye@gwu.edu).

(Note: Special Issues must indicate a firm submission deadline and planned publication schedule; articles will be published Online First and collected subsequently in a print issue. Topical Collections are open-ended; articles will be published Online First, assigned to print issues as available, and highlighted online in virtual collections.)

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              Current Special Issues and Topical Collections

Enhancing the Adaptability of Family Businesses to the Knowledge-based Economy (Topical Collection)
Family firms should know how to generate and transfer knowledge, allowing them to be innovative and operationally efficient in order to seize opportunities and anticipate or mitigate threats that the current environment presents. In this sense, knowledge management should ensure the sustainability and rapid adaptation to dynamic environments by family businesses. This collection aims to extend and deepen the usefulness of knowledge management, not only as a differentiation strategy but also as a key tool for the long-term viability of family firms.
Collection Editors
Laura Zapata, EGADE Business School, Monterrey, México (laura.zapata@itesm.mx)
Ramón Sanguino, University of Extremadura, Spain (sanguino@unex.es)
Ascensión Barroso, University of Extremadura, Spain (abarrosom@unex.es)
Laura Nicola-Gavrilă, Spiru Haret University, Romania (laura.gavrila@spiruharet.ro)
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Design Thinking (Joint Collection with the Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship)
The term “design thinking” refers to an emerging holistic practice inspired by the architectural tradition. It encompasses people, culture, and technological dynamics in formulating business solutions facilitated by thinking “beyond the box” as well as “inside and outside the box.” Papers in this Topical Collection will survey the emerging challenges and opportunities that attend design thinking, through the lens of innovation and entrepreneurship. 
Collection Editors
Elias G. Carayannis, George Washington University (caraye@gwu.edu)
Tugrul Daim, Portland State University, (tugrul@etm.pdx.edu)
Evangelos Grigoroudis, Technical University of Crete (vangelis@ergasya.tuc.gr)
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Interdisciplinarity and Transdisciplinarity in Higher Education, Democracy and Economy (Topical Collection)
This collection focuses on the themes of interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity, how they change and may further change governance, policy, strategy in knowledge production and knowledge application, and in research and innovation. This collection intends to place a particular focus on higher education and on society-democracy-economy linkages and networks. Theoretical and conceptual contributions as well as practical case studies are all welcomed.
Collection Editors
Elias G. Carayannis, George Washington University (caraye@gwu.edu)
David F. J. Campbell, Danube University, Krems and University of Applied Arts, Vienna (david.campbell@donau-uni.ac.at and david.campbell@uni-ak.ac.at)
Attila Pausits, Danube University, Krems (attila.pausits@donau-uni.ac.at)
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Digital Transformation and Disruption (Topical Collection)
Digital transformation can be defined as substantial change of firm’s processes, sales channels, customer experience, marketing, products, services, business models as well as supply chains, by leveraging digital technologies, usually in combination with other firm’s resources and capabilities.  This collection investigates different aspects of digital transformation and digital disruption, which improve our understanding of these highly important phenomena for our economies and societies.  We welcome a diversity of research methods.
Collection Editors
Euripidis Loukis, Univeristy of the Aegean (eloukis@aegean.gr)
Marijn Janssen, Delft University of Technology (M.F.W.H.A.Janssen@tudelft.nl)
Nitesh Bharosa, Delft University of Technology (n.bharosa@tudelft.nl)
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Open Innovation Platforms Fostering Knowledge Ecosystems (Topical Collection)
Innovation arises from knowledge flows both within and outside the company, generated and distributed within the complex relationships that connect a wider range of strategic actors for developing new ideas, products and technologies.  This topical collection invites contributions that provide some valuable managerial implications for Open Innovation Platforms and firms that use online communities to acquire and integrate knowledge from external sources. 
Collection Editors
Anna Paola Codini, University of Brescia, Italy (anna.codini@unibs.it)
Tindara Abbate, University of Messina, Italy (abbatet@unime.it)
Barbara Aquilani, University of ‘Tuscia’ of Viterbo, Italy (b.aquilani@unitus.it)
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University and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (Topical Collection)
This collection examines the ways universities and entrepreneurial ecosystems interact so as to better grasp the connections between universities and their surrounding environments generating and promoting sustainability. This seeks to understand the ways in which universities operate as an institutional factor crucial to entrepreneurial ecosystems and also how these ecosystems represent drivers of social innovation and sustainable development.
Collection Editors
Cristina I. Fernandes, University of Beira Interior & NECE – Research Unit, Portugal (cristina.isabel.fernandes@ubi.pt)
João J. Ferreira, University of Beira Interior & NECE – Research Unit, Portugal (jjmf@ubi.pt or jjmf66@gmail.com)
Marcela Ramirez Pasillas, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University, Sweden (marcela.ramirez-pasillas@ju.se)
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Quadruple Helix Collaboration Praxis: Cases and Policies (Topical Collection)
This collection seeks to offer new perspectives and best practices, which could help Quadruple Helix Innovation (QHI) practitioners and policy makers to better address ‘grand challenges’ when such constellations of collaboration actors emerge and operate. This special edition aims to present emerging studies of QHI practice and its analysis in the knowledge economy as well as the knowledge policy terrain. Scholars are invited to discuss, conceptually or empirically, the best practices as well as the challenges of applying a QHI innovation practice in Europe and beyond.
Collection Editors
Robert Braun, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna (braun@ihs.ac.at)
Johannes Starkbaum, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna (starkbaum@ihs.ac.at)
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Industrial Innovation Excellence (Topical Collection)
This collection will serve as a forum to inform, inspire and engage key actors of the knowledge society and economy along the triple top line (Ethics, Effectiveness and Efficiency) and the triple bottom line (Financial, Social and Environmental Sustainability) leveraging technology modalities, methods and tools (including AI, the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 best practices and standards).
Collection Editors
Elias G. Carayannis, George Washington University (caraye@gwu.edu)
Halvor Holtskog, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (halvor.holtskog@ntnu.no)
Aris Kaloudis, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (aristidis.kaloudis@ntnu.no)
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Smart Growth - North vs South and East vs West (Topical Collection)
The term “Smart Growth” refers to a combination of social ecology, innovation, sustainable development and economic growth, which is needed to achieve an economic sustainable path in the medium and the long-term. Focusing mainly on those four concepts, smart growth is a way to explore the interactions among five key elements of society: academia, industry, government, culture, and the environment, with particular respect to harnessing knowledge to promote social, political, and economic development.  Papers in this collection will survey the emerging challenges and opportunities that attend smart growth, taking into account Europe as a special case, although papers focusing on other regions around the world are welcomed as well. 
Collection Editors
Elias G. Carayannis, George Washington University (caraye@gwu.edu)
Panagiotis E. Petrakis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (ppetrak@econ.uoa.gr)
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Towards Fusion Energy in the Industry 5.0 and Society 5.0 Context (Topical Collection)
Papers in this collection will survey the emerging challenges and opportunities that attend the development of fusion energy over the next three decades, through the lens of innovation and entrepreneurship, against a backdrop of Industry 5.0 and Society 5.0, an artificial intelligence-powered "human-centered society that balances economic advancement with the resolution of social problems by a system that highly integrates cyberspace and physical space."
Collection Editors
Elias Carayannis, George Washington University (caraye@gwu.edu)
John Draper, Khon Kaen University, Thailand (johndr@kku.ac.th)
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AI in the Knowledge Economy and Society: Implications for Theory, Policy and Practice (Topical Collection)
This collection aims to survey the emerging challenges and opportunities that accompany the rise of artificial intelligence tools, applications and modalities in industry as well as in the knowledge economy and society. In particular, the defining and shaping concepts of the Quadruple and Quintuple Innovation Helix Frameworks where the institutional pillars of Government, University, Industry, and Civil Society mesh with each other and the fifth dimension, the Environment.
Collection Editors
Elias G. Carayannis, George Washington University (caraye@gwu.edu)
Roman Dumitrescu, Fraunhofer Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design (roman.dumitrescu@iem.fraunhofer.de)
Martin Rabe, Fraunhofer Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design, (martin.rabe@iem.fraunhofer.de)
Tommy Falkowski, Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design, (tommy.falkowski@iem.fraunhofer.de)
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Intelligent Technical Systems (Special Issue)
This special issue focuses on technology concepts that bridge the gap between traditional machinery and modern information and communications technology, with particular respect to how internal processes and corporate structures are being transformed in a radical way and at a fast pace.  Part 1 focuses on methods and tools for future-oriented corporate planning, innovative applications and dialogue between science and industry.  Part 2 focuses on enhancements to the quality and efficiency of product development through applications of artificial intelligence.
Submission deadline, Part 1:  July 31, 2021
Submission deadline, Part 2: 
October 31, 2021
Special Issue Editors

Elias G. Carayannis, George Washington University (caraye@gwu.edu)
Roman Dumitrescu, Fraunhofer Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design (roman.dumitrescu@iem.fraunhofer.de)
Martin Rabe, Fraunhofer Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design, (martin.rabe@iem.fraunhofer.de)
Tommy Falkowski, Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design, (tommy.falkowski@iem.fraunhofer.de)
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