Hakikur Rahman email at hakik.org
Sun Mar 21 14:05:51 PDT 2010

FYI Please:

Proposal Submission Deadline: April 30, 2010
Full Chapter Submission Deadline: August 30, 2010
Cases on SMEs and Open Innovation: Applications and Investigations
A book edited by Dr. Hakikur Rahman and Dr. Isabel Ramos, University 
of Minho, Portugal

To be published by IGI Global:

Successful entrepreneurship and value addition within an enterprise 
through open innovation strategies have adopted a paradigm shift from
simple introduction of new ideas and products to accumulation of 
diversified actions, actors and agents along the process. 
Furthermore, when the innovation process is not being restricted 
within the closed nature of it, the process takes many forms during 
its evolution. Among these perspectives small and medium enterprises 
(SMEs) play a critical role in this transformation process for 
business promotion, value addition and economic gain in a country. 
However, in terms of SMEs adopting open innovation strategies for 
their benefit and sustenance much need to be explored.

Overall Objective of the Book
This book will gather relevant academic and research concepts applied 
in real-life cases illustrating open innovation strategies for SME 
development in a country. There are diverse aspects surrounding the 
open innovation concepts in terms of policy, politics, economy, and 
culture, including numerous opportunities, challenges and risks. By 
incorporating scientific, theoretical, academic and research 
concepts, including empirical and success cases focusing those 
concepts this book will present the context innovation in an open 
paradigm for SMEs development acting as catalyst of countrywide 
economic empowerment, whether developed, developing, transitional and 

Target Audience
The basic definition of open and collaborative innovation leads to 
the extent of periphery of the target group that one could think of. 
It comprises the entire community of a country, ranging from 
government or policy initiators; entrepreneurs and enterprises; 
researchers, practitioners and academics; users and intermediaries; 
and the population at large. Hence, the potential audience of this 
book consists 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:
- Concepts of open innovation management,
- Researches on open innovation models and process development,
- Local, regional and global open innovation strategies,
- Technology supporting open innovation,
- Socio-economic impact and implications of open innovation in SMEs,
- Policies and laws related to public and social aspects of open 
innovation in SMEs,
- Innovation marketing, communication and interactions,
- Strategies in entrepreneurial ventures and IPR
- Entrepreneurship operation, legal interpretation and legislation
- Knowledge creation and collaboration among various actors, and
- Risks and crisis management.

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before 
April 30, 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 May 15, 2010 about the status of their 
proposals and sent chapter submission guidelines. Full chapters are 
expected to be submitted by August 30, 2010. All submitted chapters 
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:
April 30, 2010:		Proposal Submission Deadline
May 15, 2010:		Notification of Acceptance
August 30, 2010:	Full Chapter Submission
September 30, 2010:	Review Result Returned
November 30, 2010:	Final Chapter Submission

Editorial Advisory Board Members:
Derya Altunbas, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey
Angela-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

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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