Hakikur Rahman email at hakik.org
Thu Jun 3 12:55:16 PDT 2010

(The second call for a casebook, which is the 
second book on Open Innovation and SMEs to be 
edited by the undersigned. However, if you have a 
prospective manuscript on theoretical aspects, 
which the first book covers, we have space for a few chapters.)

Proposal Submission Deadline: July 15, 2010
Full Chapter Submission Deadline: September 30, 2010
SMEs and Open Innovation: Global Cases and Initiatives
A book edited by Dr. Hakikur Rahman and Dr. 
Isabel Ramos, University of Minho, Portugal.

To be published by IGI Global: 

Recent years have seen a paradigm shift in 
operational and management aspects of successful 
entrepreneurship and value addition within an 
enterprise. They have been shifted from simple 
introduction of new ideas and product development 
to collaborative nature of innovation, in terms 
of products, processes and services. Innovation 
has been transformed into open innovation rather 
than closed innovation, which seems more 
traditional. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) 
play a critical role in this transformation of 
innovation strategies for business promotion, 
value gain and economic empowerment of a country. 
However, little is known on how open innovation 
is implemented in SMEs and what are the challenges and benefits associated.

Overall Objective of the Book
By incorporating academic, entrepreneurial, 
institutional, research, and empirical cases, 
this book will bring together knowledge on how 
SMEs can apply open innovation strategies to SME 
development, and empowering these enterprises to 
act as a catalyst for the economic empowerment of 
a country (developed, developing, transitional 
and under-developed). This book will ascertain 
diverse aspects of policy issues, economic 
issues, cultural issues, including numerous 
opportunities and challenges surrounding open 
innovation strategies; study relevant risks and 
risk management; analyze SMEs evolution pattern 
on adopting open innovation strategies through 
available measurable criteria; provide 
suggestions or recommendations along these 
contexts rehearsing possible operational 
scenarios; and assist practitioners to gain 
knowledge in designing action plans to empower 
SMEs in reaching out the grass roots communities 
utilizing open innovation strategies.

Target Audience
The target group dealing with SMEs development 
through open innovation strategies may 
accommodate the entire community of a country, 
ranging from government or policy initiators; 
entrepreneurs and enterprises; researchers, 
practitioners and academics; users and 
intermediaries. Hence, the potential audience of 
this book will consist of all these stakeholders 
of an economy. Furthermore, on regional and 
global scenarios, this book will target 
development partners, agencies and their mediators.

Recommended topics for chapters include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Cases on open innovation management,
- Open innovation models and processes,
- Technology supported cases on open innovation,
- Co-creation of sustained platforms for SMEs,
- Studying, analyzing or evaluating success cases,
- Innovation in marketing and communication,
- Application of strategies in entrepreneurial ventures and IPR
- Operation, legal interpretation and legislation aspects
- Socio-economic impact and implications of open innovation in SMEs,
- Knowledge creation and collaboration among various actors, and
- Cases illustrating risks and crisis management.

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to 
submit on or before July 15, 2010, a 2-3 page 
proposal clearly explaining the mission and 
concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors 
of accepted proposals will be notified by July 
30, 2010 about the status of their proposals and 
sent case guidelines. Full cases are expected to 
be submitted by September 30, 2010. All submitted 
cases will be reviewed on a double-blind review 
basis. Contributors may also be requested to 
serve as reviewers for this project.

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI 
Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of 
the “Information Science Reference” (formerly 
Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information 
Science Reference,” and “IGI Publishing” 
imprints. For additional information regarding 
the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com. 
This publication is anticipated to be released in 2011.

Important Dates:
July 15, 2010:		Proposal Submission Deadline
July 30, 2010:		Notification of Acceptance
September 30, 2010:	Full Chapter Submission
October 30, 2010:	Review Result Returned
November 30, 2010:	Final Chapter Submission

Editorial Advisory Board Members:
Derya Altunbas, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey
Ángela-Jo Medina, Financial Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, USA
D.C. Misra, eGov Researcher and Consultant, India
Ken Stevens, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Kam Hou Vat, University of Macau, Macau

Hakikur Rahman and Isabel Ramos
Casebook- "SMEs and Open Innovation: Global Cases and Initiatives"

Inquiries and Submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) to:
Prof. Hakikur Rahman
University of Minho
DSI, Azurem
4800-058 Guimaraes, Portugal
Tel.: +351 253 510 319  •  FAX: +351 253 510 300   •  GSM: +351 960193872
e-mail: hakik at dsi.uminho.pt

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