The Role of Information and Technology in Economic and Business Development
Since the coronavirus outbreak began in early 2020, the growth of business and entrepreneurial activity has been severely slowed in many countries, affecting their economic development. In this respect, most institutions over the world were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some firms and entrepreneurs have been able to exploit business opportunities from this crisis by exploring and developing digital solutions and employing advanced technologies and information-based strategies. Therefore, there is a growing body of literature focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on business, and entrepreneurship, and suggests that digital solutions have an important role in overcoming the contemporary problems faced by organizations and societies (Bouey, 2020; Carvalho et al., 2020; Dai et al., 2020; Turner and Akinremi, 2020).
Considered as the cornerstones of modern organizational and economic growth, the tripod information, knowledge, and technology are essential for overcoming challenges in times of crisis. Entrepreneurial activity linked to this tripod is the most important feature of business development, improving innovation, competitiveness, and value creation. These assertions are in line with the thinking of Jordão (2022), who teaches that the issue of how organizations manage their information, knowledge, and intellectual capital is a decisive factor in their competitiveness, and capacity to generate value, wealth, and performance, which is a central theme for a sustainable society, where technology is placed at the service of good and people.
Countries have become more connected by and through technology, and gadgets, as well as continuous and intense informational and technological development, the business environment, and the trajectory traveled by entrepreneurs to create a more competitive business environment. Innovation has become vital everywhere and business managers should always be prepared to find out new innovative solutions and ideas, so that can keep creating value to maintain the sustainability of the business in the current and future competitive business environment. New technology includes the use of computing machines, artificial intelligence, big data, deep learning, game-based learning, information technology, management information system, accounting information system, knowledge management, and devices to store, capture, manipulate and retrieve shared knowledge. Even so, the informational and technological challenge is now less about managing activities related to collecting, storing, using, and disseminating information, but rather about transforming data and information into useful knowledge for decision-making and to support value creation activities.
The integration between modern technology, information and knowledge management, entrepreneurship, and business should be well managed so as to provide a wide range of high-quality competitive, and sustainable products and services in societies, especially amid and after the Covid-19 Pandemic. Consequently, understanding the importance of the tripod information, knowledge, and technology in the reality of large and small companies and how they use these tools to generate value and remain competitive in times of crisis, is a central issue. The purpose of this special issue is to stimulate investigations aimed at reviewing, examining, analyzing, and exploring business, informational, technological, and managerial opportunities and challenges that have emerged in the mid and After the Covid-19 Pandemic, as well as discussing the role of information and technology in economic and business development.
This special issue invites research on the implications of modern technology, entrepreneurship, and business development gadgets for applications in business, economies, and societies. It highlights a range of topics in the fields of information and technology, entrepreneurship, business administration, accounting and finance, or law and economics that can contribute to sustainable business development in developing countries, such as information and (new) technologies, accounting information system, information and knowledge management, innovation and entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility and sustainability, business policy, marketing, and strategic management, international management and organizations, organizational behavior and human resources management (HRM), operations management and logistics, controversial issues in management and organizations, legal issues, finance, corporate governance, management of information system and technologies besides non-traditional research or creative methodologies applied to information and technology or economic and business development.
Topics and key features of the Special Issue:
New technologies, information, and entrepreneurship
The role of information and technology in economic and business development
Information and knowledge management
Intellectual capital, intangible assets, and value creation
Artificial intelligence, human capital and HRM, and the future of work
Corporate governance, financial markets, and performance
Sustainable finance, innovation, and business uncertain situations
Strategy, marketing, e-commerce, and social media
Supply chain, logistics, quality management practices, and blockchain technology
Tourism, technology and hospitality, and health care services
The fifth industrial revolution (industry 5.0), implementation of information systems and (new) technologies for growing business success
New public administration, public governance, and digital economy
Work-based learning in a digital age and the role of artificial intelligence in industry 5.0
Education management, technology, smart universities, and covid-19 impact
Controversial issues on information, technology, and economic and business development
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Prof. Allam Hamdan
Professor Allam Hamdan has served as the dean of the College of Business and Finance at Ahlia University since September 2018. In the period 2013-2018, he published more than 250 articles and book chapters. He also was awarded lots of prestigious awards for his research work. Professor Hamdan has the highest citations in the Arab world for 4 consecutive years 2018/19/20/21 according to Arcif. He has also supervised many doctoral theses under the auspices of Brunel University London as well as innumerable MBA dissertations.
Prof. Jane Hendy
Jane Hendy is a Professor of Organization Studies and the Dean of Brunel Business School. Before pursuing an academic career, she was a senior manager, consultant, and advocate in the public sector. Dr Hendy regularly acts as an advisor to business leaders looking to innovate, in addition to researching, consulting, and coordinating on large policy initiatives for government, applying organizational theory to leadership and innovation, both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Bahaaeddin Alareeni
Bahaaeddin Alareeni is Chairman of EuroMid Academy of Business and Technology in Istanbul, Turkey. He is an Assistant Professor of Accounting and Auditing. More interestingly, he has more than 50 publications in highly ranked journals, books, and international conference proceedings (ISI-with impact factor, Scopus, ABDC, ABS). He is Editor/Associate Editor for several books and Journals published by Emerald, Springer, Tylor & Francis. He is Editor-in-Chief of The International Journal of Business Ethics and Governance (IJBEG), and Associate Editor of the Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment (JSFI), Taylor & Francis. He chaired the International Conference of Business and Technology.
Dr. Fabio Antonialli
Fabio Antonialli is an assistant professor of Management and Economics at PPA Business School (France). He holds his PhD from the Federal University of Lavras (Brazil) and a postdoc at École Centrale Lyon (France) where he is a part-time researcher. Dr. Antonialli has published dozens of articles (+55) in peer-reviewed journals and conferences and has edited and coauthored books on innovations in public transport business models. He has been serving as Associate Editor of The Bottom Line (Emerald) and is a reviewer of different international journals. He has received prizes for his work including the “2019 Young Author’s Prize” from the International Network of Automobile (GERPISA).