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The Human Dimension of Open Innovation

Special issue call for papers from Management Decision

Guest Editors:

Prof. Elias G. Carayannis, George Washington University, USA. 
Prof. Daniel Palacios-Marques, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain. 
Prof. Pedro Soto-Acosta, University of Murcia, Spain. 
Prof. Manlio Del Giudice, University of Rome "Link Campus", Italy. 
Prof. Dirk Meissner, Higher School of Economics, Russian Federation. 

Aim and Scope

The most recent innovation models increasingly postulate external relationships of innovators in many different shapes including the acquisition and incorporation of knowledge and technology from outside the organization. Such knowledge and technologies can be either publicly accessible or privately owned by other companies, individuals or research institutions. Furthermore, external knowledge and technologies are available either in a codified or personal and published, undisclosed, form. R&D service providers and public and private research institutions, and increasingly training institutions contribute much to build, develop and diffuse existing, publicly available ‘knowledge and technology pools’. The company's internal R&D activities – as part of the innovation process – is available in the company’s knowledge and existing technologies which are not only a prerequisite for implementing in-house innovation activities, but also for the use of external sources for innovation.

While the current open innovation paradigm remains dominant in innovation model thinking, we argue that even this innovation understanding and model (and thus innovation processes) needs to be extended by the human resource dimension and the meaning and impact of organizations’ innovation milieus. A company’s innovation milieu is strongly interrelated with human resources management and policies for attracting and retaining talent. Frequently, attracting talent to companies for innovation is less problematic than keeping talent on board and motivating people to perform outstandingly. This is challenging because firms lack staff who have capabilities that are not only directly related to actual innovation activities (e.g. often related to R&D), but also capabilities in management and legal affairs. Firms need these additional competences in light of the increasingly external nature of innovation. Furthermore, the economic pressure on companies leads to higher expectations by the corporate leadership from the innovation related activities by all company units. The instruments used for monitoring and assessing innovation projects are improving considerably. Firms’ needs for innovation-related competences and corporate management’s higher expectations for innovation are very important determinants of current corporate activities, although both inherit the danger that innovation is understood a self-fulfilling prophecy. In other words, once companies invest in innovative projects, the corporate leadership expects returns on investment in ever shorter periods to meet externally-imposed expectations. Accordingly, it is important to reconsider how innovation and human resource management are organized internally to create an organizational climate which prepares staff to respond to these challenges.

This special issue intends to improve the understanding of meaning of organizations culture and climate for human resources and innovation models. We are interested in contributions which look at the role of organizations’ culture and climate for innovation.

In conclusion organizations’ innovation climate is frequently discussed as an important precondition for company innovation success. However little is known what the features and drivers for organization’s climate supporting innovation are and how these can be designed. Questions of interest thus include, but are not limited to:

• How to estimate the impact of organizations’ innovation climate on the innovation results of organizations?
• What drives the innovation climate of organizations?
• How can innovation climate be measured and assessed and what could serve as qualitative and quantitative metrics?
• How to develop attitudes supporting innovation in organizations?
• How to include measures to change and support the organizations innovation climate in broader decision making for use corporate strategy implementation?
• When, how and why do micro-level factors contribute to shape broader innovation ecosystem-wide conditions that engender higher quality and quantity of innovation?

The editors of this special issue would be pleased to receive articles that contribute to the creation of a solid evidence base concerning the role of organizations’ culture and climate for innovation. The submission of empirical papers is encouraged. However, conceptual, theoretical, or modeling papers (with reference to the specific phenomena identified above) are equally welcomed.

Guidelines for authors
Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Please kindly read the author guidelines on the journal homepage before submitting your manuscript, to ensure it is consistent with the journal style

• Submission to the special issue should be made through the ScholarOne online submission site here: - please make sure the correct Special Issue title is selected when submitting.
• All papers should follow Emerald’s submission policies for style and format. Papers will undergo at least a double blind, developmental review as per the standard review process followed by Management Decision.
• Final acceptance of approved papers will be contingent on incorporating reviewers’ feedback to the satisfaction of the Guest Editors.
• For all additional information, please email both Professor Manlio Del Giudice at and Professor Elias G. Carayannis at

Important dates
• Manuscript submission deadline: April 30th,  2017
• Feedback on manuscripts (acceptance/revision/rejection): June 30th, 2017
• Publication: expected within year 2018/2019

Biographical notes of the guest co-editors:
Elias G. Carayannis is Full Professor of Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as co-founder and co-director of the Global and Entrepreneurial Finance Research Institute (GEFRI) and director of research on science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, European Union Research Center, (EURC) at the School of Business of the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Professor Carayannis’ teaching and research activities focus on the areas of strategic government-university-industry R&D partnerships, technology road-mapping, technology transfer and commercialization, international science and technology policy, technological entrepreneurship and regional economic development. He leads the following research and publication projects:
• EDWARD ELGAR SCIENCE, INNOVATION, TECHNOLOGY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP:,%20Innovation,%20Technology%20and%20Entrepreneurship%20series

Daniel Palacios-Marques is Professor of Management at the Technical University of Valencia, Spain. He has a MBA in Quality Management and Business Administration. He has published articles in journals such as Tourism Management, Annals of Tourism Research, Small Business Economics, Management Decision, International Journal of Technology Management, Cornell Quarterly Management, Services Industries Journal, Service Business, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, Journal of Knowledge Management, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Intellectual Capital, International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, European Journal of Operations Research, International Journal of Computational Intelligence Systems, International Journal of Innovation Management, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Kybernetes, Human Resource Management, International Journal of Project Management, Technological and Economic Development of Economy, Journal of Organizational Change Management, and Telematics and Informatics. He has been Editor of several books in publishers as Springer, Emerald and Taylor and Francis, Editor-in-chief of Journal of Innovation and Knowledge (Elsevier), and Regional Editor of Personnel Review (Emerald).

Pedro Soto-Acosta is an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Murcia (Spain). He attended Postgraduate Courses in Management at Harvard University (USA) and received his PhD in MIS from University of Murcia. He serves as Associate Editor and Senior Editor for several journals including Decision Sciences, Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, Information Systems Management, Journal of Electronic Commerce Research, and Computational Economics. Pedro has been visiting professor in several universities in Europe, Asia and America and his work has been published in Impact Factor Journals such as Computers in Human Behavior, Electronic Markets, European Journal of Information Systems, European Management Journal, International Journal of Information Management, Information Systems Management, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Knowledge Management, Journal of Technology Transfer, Knowledge Management Research & Practice, Management Decision, Online Information Review, Service Business, and Technological and Economic Development of Economy, among others. Further information is available at

Manlio Del Giudice is Associate Professor of Business Management (SECS-P / 08) at the University of Rome "Link Link", where he serves as Associate Dean as well. He holds a PhD in Marketing and Management at the University of Milano-Bicocca and he is Affiliate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Paris Business School in Paris. He is the author of over 90 international scientific publications (including 9 monographs); his researches have been published on flagship peer-reviewed journals like MIS Quarterly, Journal of Knowledge Management, International Journal of Technology Management, Journal of the Knowledge Economy, Journal of Intellectual Capital, Journal of Organizational Change Management. He holds key positions (Editor, Senior Associate Editor, Associate Editor) in several international scientific journals on management and has active collaborations with over 60 universities around the world (including George Washington University, Stanford University, Harvard Business School, University of Cambridge, Vu University Amsterdam, Mississippi State University, Twente University, University of West Scotland, Waikato University, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates University, Indian Institute of Technology, University of Beijing). He serves as Associate Editor for global relevant publishers such as Nature Publishing Group, Springer, Palgrave MacMillan. Prof. Del Giudice he has held key roles on the boards of public and private consortiums and companies within the fields of avionics, advanced biotechnologies, nutraceuticals, bio-composting technologies, ICT, publishing. It 'been a promoter / tutor of more than 30 spin offs in the fields of biotech, renewable energy and agribusiness. He is currently serving as Expert Evaluator for the Campania Region, for the National Research Council of Norway and for the European Commission in the areas of marketing, technological innovation and internationalization.

Dr. Dirk Meissner has 15 years experience in research and teaching technology and innovation management and policy. He has strong background in science, technology and innovation for policy making and industrial management with special focus on Foresight and roadmapping, science, technology and innovation policies, funding of research and priority setting. Prior to joining the HSE Dirk was responsible for technology and innovation policy at the presidential office of the Swiss Science and Technology Council. Dirk also has long experience in top level consulting to key decision makers in industry, headed the business unit industry studies and research with T.A. Cook Consultants which he successfully established and was management consultant for technology and innovation management with Arthur D. Little. He is and was member of international working groups on technology and innovation policy. Dirk represented Switzerland and now the Russian Federation at the OECD Working Party on Technology and Innovation Policy.