Call for papers – Special Issue: Technology for Social Good

Paper deadline extended to June 15, 2021

This special issue will be supported by a TEMSCON 2020 Conference Special Session ( were authors will have an opportunity to submit an early version of their manuscript for feedback from reviewers and Guest Editors at the Special Session at TEMSCON 2020. Participation at the Special Session is optional for submitting authors and does not guarantee acceptance to the Special Issue. However, it is a good opportunity to gain feedback and join the new “Technology for Social Good” IEEE TEMS Special Interest Group (SIG) that will be convening at TEMSCON 2020.

Guest Editors
Prof. Chunguang Bai, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (
Prof. Joseph Sarkis, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (

Technology for Social Good
Technology has had an enigmatic relationship with society and its goals (Bai and Sarkis, 2017). In some instances it has been viewed as a cure-all for all social ills. In other instances, it has been identified as a major contributor to social ills (Waelbers, 2011). 

For example, the Internet has been maturing, with significant promise for decades. It has contributed efficiency, interest and convenience to human society; bringing society closer together with a larger voice for some disenfranchised populations (Young, 2018). Yet, some unprecedented new problems emerged. Information explosion has made people anxious; network interaction squeezes the space of intimate relationships; data ownership and privacy become complex and unclear; older generations are left behind by new technologies; ecological damage from increased use of electricity and energy are only some of the social concerns that also emerged (Amadeo et al., 2016).

Technology has become a critical variable in bringing about various new landscapes of personal life and social development (Hajli et al., 2017). These issues at the personal level will be more significant after the next outbreak of artificial intelligence technology. The issues also accrue at the global level, where technology is seen as a solution to our environmental crises.

We believe that in an era of rapid technological change, individual well-being and healthy social development need to be core measures for new technology evaluation. Social good needs to be an important technological yardstick. 

A social good is something that benefits the largest number of people in most beneficial way, such as clean air, clean water, healthcare and literacy. 

As firms focus more on corporate sustainability efforts and social responsibility in recognition of a de facto social contract with the public, their business models may expand to include more work to promote social good in their day-to-day strategies and operations; supported by technology. Firms keen to promote an image of themselves as socially conscious and responsible have created programs that seek to highlight their technologies toward social good.

This means that: (1) new technology development should inject more social perspectives into their products and services. (2) we should be aware of effects of technological development and find solutions; (3) everyone should have a voice and participation in the evolution of new technologies, including government, business, academia, media and the public. Exclusion can lead to unintended and harmful consequences.

Researchers can contribute their perspective on how to develop a novel social good culture that pays due attention to technology development to improve social good. This important issue is meant to attract research from a broad variety of disciplines to help further advance understanding and knowledge of Technology for Social Good.

Some Topics of Interest:

  • Revealing the complex relationships between technologies (e.g. Information Technologies, Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, 5G technology, artificial intelligence) and social good. 
  • Social good frameworks and models, and their implications on technologies development.
  • Drivers, enablers, or critical success factors and problems, barriers, or challenges of technology development for social good and their performance improvement.
  • Contradictory and unexpected outcomes and relationships of technologies, and aspects of social good.
  • Empirical and decision support based business models in technologies development for upscaling social good to manage the complexities and potential paradoxes of these relationships.
  • Knowledge management models in the technologies development for social good.
  • Stakeholder involvement and commitment in technological development for upscaling social good.
  • The ethics of emergent technology.

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. 
Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper.
Manuscripts should be submitted through the publisher’s online system. Submissions will be reviewed according to the journal’s rigorous standards and procedures through double-blind peer review by at least two qualified reviewers. 

Submission Process: 
Please 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. For “type of paper submission” be sure to select “Technology for Social Good” Special Section.

Paper deadline extended to June 15, 2021

Amadeo, M., Campolo, C., Quevedo, J., Corujo, D., Molinaro, A., Iera, A., … & Vasilakos, A. V. (2016). Information-centric networking for the internet of things: challenges and opportunities. IEEE Network, 30(2), 92-100.

Bai, C., & Sarkis, J. (2017). Improving green flexibility through advanced manufacturing technology investment: Modeling the decision process. International Journal of Production Economics, 188, 86-104.

Hajli, N., Wang, Y., Tajvidi, M., & Hajli, M. S. (2017). People, technologies, and organizations interactions in a social commerce era. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 64(4), 594-604.

Waelbers, K. (2011). Doing Good with Technologies:: Taking Responsibility for the Social Role of Emerging Technologies (Vol. 4). Springer Science & Business Media.

Young, A. G. (2018). Using ICT for social good: Cultural identity restoration through emancipatory pedagogy. Information Systems Journal, 28(2), 340-358.

Guest Editor bios

Prof. Chunguang Bai
Chunguang Bai is currently a Professor in the School of Management and Economics, at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. Her research interests include sustainable supply chain management, management of technology, and the natural environment. She has dozens of publications with over 40 papers in journals such as OMEGA, the European Journal of Operational Research, the International Journal of Production Economics etc.. She has been recognized as one of the most cited researchers in China across disciplines. Four of her papers are some of highest cited in ten years (ESI index). She served as a visiting scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Temple University in the U.S., and at Concordia University in Canada. Her research has been funded by a number of National Science Foundation of China grants

Prof. Joseph Sarkis
Joseph Sarkis is a professor within Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Fosie Business School.  He studies at the nexus of sustainability, business, supply chains and technology. He has over 450 publications across a broad variety of outlets. He has been a ‘highly cited scholar’ from 2016-2019. He is currently editor of IEEE Engineering Management Review.

IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management is journal of the Technology and Engineering Management Society of IEEE, published quarterly since 1954. It is dedicated to the publication of peer-reviewed original contributions, by researchers and practitioners, regarding the theory and practice of engineering, technology, and innovation management.

Editor in Chief
Tugrul U Daim, PhD PICMET Fellow
Professor and Director
Technology Management Doctoral Program
Department of Engineering and Technology Management
Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science
Portland State University, Portland OR
United States

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