Call for Papers: Exploring the role of new ICTs in Innovation Systems

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Special Issue: Exploring the role of new ICTs in Innovation Systems

Guest Editors

Prof. Elias G. Carayannis – George Washington University School of Business,

Prof. Marco Ferretti – Department of Management and Quantitative Studies, Parthenope University of Naples,

Dr Eva Panetti – Department of Management and Quantitative Studies, Parthenope University of Naples,

Prof. Adele Parmentola – Department of Management and Quantitative Studies Parthenope University of Naples,

Dr Elisabeth B. Reynolds, Industrial Performance Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,


The shift from the linear conception of innovation process towards the idea of innovation as a result of a systemic and interactive process among actors of different nature (Etzkowitz and Leydesdorff, 1995) has given birth to the concept of innovation systems defined as combinations of research centers, innovation –driven new enterprises, large corporations and capital providers bounded by horizontal and vertical relationships.

The concept of innovation system (IS) has been differently defined by extant literature (Ferretti and Parmentola, 2015) which, over time, has emphasized different aspects of IS, such as the geography, the industry and the actors involved (Carayannis et al. 2012; Carayannis and Campbell, 2014; Reynolds and Uygun, 2017; Cooke et al. 1997; Doloreux 2002; De la Mothe and Paquet, 1998; Asheim and Isaksen 1997; Hekkert et al. 2007; Bergek et al. 2007; Breschi and Malerba 1997). Despite the differences among the existing approaches, there is a general agreement about the idea that relationships play a key role in Innovation Systems whether they enhance practices of inter- organizational cooperation that allow actors engaged in processes of innovation to share risks related to new products and to accelerate their time-to-market, as well as to bring together complementary skills and gain access to financial resources and new technologies (Kogut, 1989; Kleinknecht and Reigned, 1992; Hagerdoorn, 1993; Mowery and Teece, 1993; Eisenhardt and Schoonhoven, 1996; Chesbrough, 2003). Many contributions have focused on the relational dimension of innovation systems with specific regard to network configurations and different forms of cooperation. However, scant attention has been paid to how IS’s relational dimension is affected by the diffusion of new ICTs. Indeed, traditional approaches to the study of IS emphasize the role of spatial proximity in knowledge transfer mechanisms and more broadly, in innovation-driven relationships, as it contributes to an easier and more frequent interaction (especially for the transfer of tacit knowledge) and trust building among the actors embedded in the same territory. On the other hand, the diffused adoption of the newest ICT questions the importance of the geographic dimension in innovation systems through their ability to make communication not only fast and efficient, but also safe as in the case of blockchain technology which, building upon a peer- to-peer network, may compensate the lack of trust mechanisms deriving from physical distance. The aim of this Special Issue is to gather high quality papers that deepen and enhance our understanding of the role of ICTs in facilitating inter-organizational interaction in innovation-driven relationships and in changing the role of geographic proximity in IS and their boundaries. We welcome: studies providing original frameworks to analyse different configurations of innovation networks; contributions reflecting different perspectives and methodological approaches; comparative research on IS that explore differences in terms of contexts, regions and countries.

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

  • New prospective methodologies to explore the relational dimension in IS
  • Factors stimulating cooperative mechanisms within IS
  • The role of ICTs in facilitating inter-organizational relationships in IS
  • The differential impact of the use of ICT on different types of relationships
  • The role of new technologies in shaping IS borders
  • Optimal mix in the network composition to drive IS’ growth
  • Relationship between IS’ network structure and IS’ performance
  • Institutions that play a bridging role in connecting the actors within an IS
  • Main indicators for describing the degree of embeddedness of IS

With this Special Issue, the editors hope to bring significant value to the literature on innovation. We are seeking for high-quality empirical (both qualitative and quantitative), conceptual and theoretical papers.

Submission Process: Please email ALL FOUR co-Editors when you send in your abstracts and papers. If the abstract is accepted, prepare the manuscript according to IEEE-TEM’s guidelines ( and submit to the journal’s Manuscript Central site ( Please clearly state in the cover letter that the submission is for this special issue.


  • Interested authors send abstracts by April 30th, 2019
  • Decisions on acceptance of abstracts by June 30th, 2019
  • Papers submitted by December 1st, 2020
  • First Round Reviews by April 30th, 2020
  • Papers re-submitted by June 30th, 2020


  • Asheim, B. T., & Isaksen, A. (1997). Location, agglomeration and innovation: towards regional innovation systems in Norway?. European planning studies, 5(3), 299-330.
  • Bergek, A., Jacobsson, S., Carlsson, B., Lindmark, S., & Rickne, A. (2008). Analyzing the functional dynamics of technological innovation systems: A scheme of analysis. Research policy, 37(3), 407-429.
  • Breschi, S., & Malerba, F. (1997). Sectoral innovation systems: technological regimes, Schumpeterian dynamics, and spatial boundaries. Systems of innovation: Technologies, institutions and organizations, 130-156.
  • Carayannis, E. G., & Campbell, D. F. (2014). Developed democracies versus emerging autocracies: arts, democracy, and innovation in Quadruple Helix innovation systems. Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 3(1), 12.
  • Carayannis, E. G., Barth, T. D., & Campbell, D. F. (2012). The Quintuple Helix innovation model: global warming as a challenge and driver for innovation. Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 1(1), 2.
  • Chesbrough, H. (2003). Open innovation.
  • Cooke, P., Uranga, M. G., & Etxebarria, G. (1997). Regional innovation systems: Institutional and organisational dimensions. Research policy, 26(4-5), 475-491.
  • De la Mothe, J., & Paquet, G. (1998). Local and regional systems of innovation as learning socio-economies. ECONOMICS OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION, 14, 1-18.
  • Doloreux, D. (2002). What we should know about regional systems of innovation. Technology in society, 24(3), 243-263.
  • Eisenhardt, K. M., & Schoonhoven, C. B. (1996). Resource-based view of strategic alliance formation: Strategic and social effects in entrepreneurial firms. organization Science, 7(2), 136-150.
  • Etzkowitz, H., & Leydesdorff, L. A. (1995). Universities and the global knowledge economy: a triple helix of university-industry-government relations.
  • Ferretti, M., & Parmentola, A. (2015). The creation of local innovation systems in emerging countries: the role of governments, firms and universities. Springer.
  • Hagedoorn, J. (1993). Understanding the rationale of strategic technology partnering: Nterorganizational modes of cooperation and sectoral differences. Strategic management journal, 14(5), 371-385.
  • Hekkert, M. P., Suurs, R. A., Negro, S. O., Kuhlmann, S., & Smits, R. E. (2007). Functions of innovation systems: A new approach for analysing technological change. Technological forecasting and social change, 74(4), 413-432.
  • Kogut, B. (1989). The stability of joint ventures: Reciprocity and competitive rivalry. The Journal of Industrial Economics, 183-198.
  • Mowery, D. C., & Teece, D. J. (1993). Japan’s growing capabilities in industrial technology: Implications for US managers and policymakers. California Management Review, 35(2), 9- 34.
  • Reynolds, E. B., & Uygun, Y. (2017). Strengthening advanced manufacturing innovation ecosystems: The case of Massachusetts. Technological Forecasting and Social Change.

Guest Editor Bios

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. Dr. 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. Dr. Carayannis has several publications in both academic and practitioner journals, including IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management, Research Policy, Journal of R&D Management, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, International Journal of Technology Management, Technovation, Journal of Technology Transfer, Engineering Management Journal, Journal of Growth and Change, Review of Regional Studies, International Journal of Global Energy Issues, International Journal of Environment and Pollution, Le Progres Technique, and Focus on Change Management. He has also published more than fifty books to date on science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship with Springer, CRC Press, Praeger/Greenwood, Palgrave/MacMillan and Edward Elgar, and has several more projects under contract. He is also editor of four book series with Springer, Palgrave, Edward Elgar and Emerald and Editor‐in‐ Chief of the Journal of Knowledge Management, Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development.

Marco Ferretti is Full Professor in Management at the Department of Management and Quantitative Studies of University of Naples “Parthenope” where he has been Deputy Dean of Department of Management Studies. He is currently member of the Board of the University where he teaches Innovation Management and Corporate Strategy. He is also Adjunct Professor at the L.U.I.S.S and former director of the MBA program of Stoà from 1997 to 2005. He is also the President of MAR.TE., a public‐private partnership to conduct R&D in the field of sea‐land logistics. He was member of the Board of Directors of the research consortium CAMPEC (ENEA and CNR) and has a significant international experience having earned his MSc at the Sloan School of Management of MIT and worked for international organizations as UNIDO, IDRO (Industrial Development and Renovation Organization of Iran), University of Boston and MIT. He is one of the appointed experts from the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MIUR) and he is engaged as a member of evaluation committees for a number of research projects. Prof. Ferretti’s main fields of study regard innovation management and local innovation systems, internationalization of firms and development of academic spin‐offs through venture capital for which he has been is the author of numerous publications on national and international journals.

Eva Panetti is Research Fellow at the Italian National Research Council Department of Management and in past at the Department of Management and Quantitative studies of Parthenope University of Naples. She gained her Ph.D. in Management at Federico II University of Naples. Since the beginning of her academic career, she focused her studies on Local Innovation Ecosystems. In 2017 she has been visiting researcher at the MIT – Industrial Performance Center, where she conducted her research on the relational dimension of local innovation ecosystems in the case of Biopharma in Greater Boston Area, and deepened her knowledge on innovation ecosystems’ dynamics through her studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She currently serves as a Regional Team member in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (MIT REAP). She is also member of the Task Force on Industry and Innovation of the EU platform of women scientists ‐ genderSTE COST. She has been researcher at the Urban Planning Research Centre ‐ L.U.P.T. “of Federico II University and member of the Italian Research Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer (CERITT) and of the Management Committee of the Permanent Observatory on Innovation (OPI). She is the author of international publications in the field of innovation systems, technological transitions and port competitiveness.

Adele Parmentola is associate professor at the Department of Management and Quantitative Studies of Parthenope University of Naples, where she teaches Business Management, Marketing and International Innovation Network. She is also member of the Academic Senate of Parthenope University of Naples since 2017. She earned her Phd in Business Administration in 2008 and she was visiting researcher at the Department of Management of the Wharton Business School ‐ University of Pennsylvania. Adele Parmentola is member of many research projects financed by Italian Ministry of Research and University and by the Campania Region on the topic of innovation and local development. She also cooperates with the Centro di Studi e Ricerche per il Mezzogiorno (Centre of Studies and Research for Southern Italy) in many studies regarding the entrepreneurship in Southern Italian Regions. She was also responsible of Think&Start Lab of Department of Management and Quantitative Studies of Parthenope University of Naples to encourage students’ entrepreneurship. She is the author of many publications about innovation management, university entrepreneurship and local innovation systems. Among the others publications, she co‐authored with Marco Ferretti the book entitled Ferretti M., Parmentola A. (2015), The creation of local innovation systems in emerging countries. The role of governments, firms and universities. Springer.

Elisabeth Beck Reynolds is the Executive Director of MIT Industrial Performance Center. She has been a researcher and consultant for over a decade in the field of urban and regional economic development and industrial competitiveness. Her work focuses on the geography of innovation, urban and regional economic growth and industrial policy. She has worked in particular on the theory and practice of industrial cluster development and advises several regional organizations in this area. Her recent work with the Brookings Institution on the federal role in regional industry clusters led to a reorientation by several federal departments and agencies toward regional strategies that support industry clusters. Before coming to MIT for her Ph.D., Liz was the Director of the City Advisory Practice at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a non‐profit founded by Professor Michael Porter of the Harvard Business School, focused on job and business growth in older, industrial cities. Her background also includes working as a policy analyst at the Institute for Research in Public Policy, a Canadian think tank, and as a financial analyst with Goldman Sachs in London. Liz has an A.B. from Harvard in government and was the Harvard Fiske Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. She holds a MSc from the University of Montreal in economics and a Ph.D. from MIT in urban and regional studies.

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