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Updated: 2017-02-24T10:01:25.431+00:00

 






Special issue published: "Entrepreneurial Design and Development"

2017-02-23T15:00:14.450+00:00

International Journal of Organisational Design and Engineering 4(3/4) 2016
  • Design as part of entrepreneurial cognition
  • Non-technological innovations from organisational design and change perspectives in VSEs and SMEs: the case of management systems
  • Sustainability-driven entrepreneurship and high-growth SMEs: how to combine Davids' and Goliaths' worlds?
  • Transforming industrial R&D into an entrepreneurial organisation: implications of organisational design on enabling innovation
  • Business ecosystem: revealing tensions



Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Trade and Global Markets

2017-02-23T13:25:06.500+00:00

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Trade and Global Markets are now available here for free:
  • Mining economist opinions on using multi-agent methodology to simulate metal markets
  • Network competence based on resource-based view and resource dependence theory
  • Global business vulnerabilities in cloud computing services
  • Perceptions of consumers in the financial industry under a qualitative data analysis methodology
  • New patterns of world trade and foreign direct investment growth in Egypt
  • Language variation among business abstracts



Inderscience is media partner for Unmanned Systems for Utilities 2017

2017-02-22T19:00:04.626+00:00

Inderscience is a media partner for Unmanned Systems for Utilities (26-27 April 2017, Atlanta, USA).

The journals involved are:
More information on this event is available here.

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Special issue published: "Inventory Management in the Fashion Industry"

2017-02-22T17:00:00.153+00:00

International Journal of Inventory Research 3(4) 2016
  • Inventory management research for the fashion industry
  • Strategic values of technology-driven innovation in inventory management: a case study of Zara's RFID implementation
  • Analysis of inventory and financial performances of Esprit based on its corporate financial reports
  • A multi-objective location-inventory model for a fashionable item in a three-level supply chain



Connected migrants

2017-02-22T16:53:07.752+00:00

Contrary to common perception, migrants and refugees are often well connected in terms of mobile technology, using smart phones for communications, mapping and social networking during their journeys. Moreover, many economic or political refugees find themselves in camps that sometimes even offer them recharging stations for their devices or a wireless internet connection.

Migrants from Afghanistan, Iran and Syria often use mobile technology to assist them in escaping their fate in their home country and ultimately in finding a new home. Technology might act as a rough guide to destinations and transit points in countries such as Turkey and Greece, as well as providing access to friends and family who can lend them money to continue the journey.

Judith Zijlstra of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) at the University of Amsterdam and Ilse van Liempt of the Human Geography Department at Utrecht University share details of their case study on the use of mobile technology by migrants on their way to Europe. The article is published in the International Journal of Migration and Border Studies.

The authors have used a research approach known as trajectory ethnography that allows them to understand how mobile technology affects the journey of migrants: “This methodology leads to a more nuanced understanding of irregular migration because it enables us to capture the complex dynamics involved in irregular migration processes and to reflect on decisions taken by migrants throughout the process,” the team reports.

The team demonstrates that mobile technologies and smart phones increase migrants’ mobility by enlarging individuals’ access to online information during their journey and by promoting new interconnections between migrants en route. Migrants try to build contacts with migrants who have already completed the journey, as the information given by them is considered more trustworthy.

Nevertheless, the availability of a smart phone is not a panacea that will always assist a migrant in crossing borders safely or reaching the intended destination. “Differences in educational background, digital literacy and foreign language skills have an important effect on migrants’ ability to actually use and profit from mobile technology,” the team explains. In addition, migrants are still the ones that have to make strategic decisions on the goal and continuation of their trip.


Zijlstra, J. and van Liempt, I. (2017) ‘Smart(phone) travelling: understanding the use and impact of mobile technology on irregular migration journeys’, Int. J. Migration and Border Studies, Vol. 3, Nos. 2/3, pp.174-191.



Call for papers: "Learning, Change, Innovation and Leadership in South Asia and East Asia"

2017-02-22T15:00:02.540+00:00

For a special issue of the International Journal of Learning and Change.Globalisation has triggered a search for new ways of doing business worldwide. Globalisation necessitates learning and also provides tremendous opportunities for mutual learning, which must be created and tapped into to keep up with the pace of relentless change (Brown and Eisenhardt, 1997). According to Khilji and Rowley (2013), South Asia offers a new perspective on these issues and learning plays an extensive role in addressing the challenges raised by globalisation. A rich history, vast population and many diverse cultures make East Asia a fascinating area for study. China, a part of East Asia and one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing economies, is home to great cultural traditions and complex and rapidly changing societies. With the international environment becoming more competitive and demanding, South Asia and East Asia need to adapt to the changing needs of the world, which can be educational, technological or social. According to the World Bank (2013), South Asia is a region where transformation and complexity are most apparent, and a report by the World Bank itself in 2016 states that growth in developing East Asia is expected to remain resilient over the next three years.Even though South Asia is having a growing influence on the global economy, there are many challenges that hinder its socioeconomic development. Khilji (2012) identifies the many challenges in South Asia with reference to demography, human development agendas, corruption and the security situation. It is home to half of the world’s poorest population (World Bank, 2013). Human development in particular is a low national priority (Ghani, 2011), which has resulted into low literacy rates, gender disparities, uneven income distribution and a low percentage of professional workers the in workforce. According to Zakaria (2008), quality of education is questionable in this region. Corruption is widespread and has severely undermined economic growth. In addition, Khilji (2012) contends that terrorism and internal conflicts in some countries (particularly Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan) deter foreign investment and economic development. Furthermore, according to Ahmed and Ghani (2007), it is the least integrated region in the world. South Asian organisations are facing many challenges that include a rapidly growing population (Khilji, 2012), poor organisational design, lack of visionary leadership (Balasooriya et al., 2010; Khilji and Wang, 2006), and rigid business policies that generally hinder the growth of smaller entrepreneurial firms, resulting in frustration among managers (Khilji, 2013). Hence South Asian countries have to improve their skills and innovation capabilities to improve their economic performance and welfare (Dahlman, 2007).On the other hand, East Asia has shown accelerated growth since the global financial crisis. In 1990, more than 60 percent of people in East Asia were in extreme poverty; now, only 3.5 percent are. East Asia emerged as the global hub for manufacturing, particularly in information technology products. Production is fragmented across the region, but knitted together in vertically integrated supply chains to serve global markets. But this region also faces many challenges. According to the World Bank, many countries in the region have to worry about losing as much as 15 percent of their working-age population by 2040. Aging population and low fertility rates are to be blamed as 36 percent of the world's population aged over 65 currently live in East Asia. It is a region of many half-frozen conflicts and has a host of territorial and maritime disputes. In spite of accelerated economic growth the region has many domestic problems, such as regional inequality, environmental degradation and corruption, which all threaten its economic strength.Trillions of dollars[...]



Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management

2017-02-22T13:00:08.662+00:00

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management are now available here for free:
  • The last frontier: prospects and policies for the automotive industry in Africa
  • Studying strategic choices of carmakers in the development of energy storage solutions: a patent analysis
  • Electric revenge after 100 years? Comparing car market patterns around 1900 and 2000
  • The role of national champions in the evolving footprint of vehicle production in Europe - 1990-2013
  • China's auto industry: success despite policy



Call for papers: "Computational Intelligence: Theory, Methods and Applications"

2017-02-21T19:00:31.195+00:00

For a special issue of the International Journal of Swarm Intelligence.

This special issue aims to share the findings of researchers and scholars in the field of knowledge mining, web intelligence, multi agent system and knowledge-based machine learning. It will not only take stock of trends and developments in the globally competitive environment, but will also provide future directions for young researchers and practitioners. The special issue will be of immense benefit to researchers, academicians, industry professionals and participants from technical institutes and R&D organisations, and also so students working in the field of artificial intelligence.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Smart Computing and Communication (SmartTech-2017), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Neural networks
  • Fuzzy logic
  • Genetic algorithms
  • Agents and multi-agent systems
  • Swarm intelligence
  • Expert systems
  • Supervised/unsupervised learning
  • Decision making
  • Support vector machines
  • Bayesian networks
  • Ant colony optimisation
  • Natural language processing
  • Knowledge-based machine learning

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 15 May, 2017
Notification to authors: 15 July, 2017
Final versions due: 15 September, 2017



Special issue published: "Rapid Design, Prototyping and Manufacturing"

2017-02-21T17:00:07.194+00:00

International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing 6(2/3) 2017

Extended versions of papers presented at the 14th Rapid Design, Prototyping and Manufacturing Conference (RDPM).
  • Tensile and fatigue failure of 3D printed parts with continuous fibre reinforcement
  • Directing self-assembly to grow adaptive physical structures
  • 3D sand printing for automotive mass production applications
  • Smoother and stronger high speed sintered elastomers through surface modification process
  • Product personalisation using personally meaningful data and the creation of new product attributes
  • Towards additive manufacture of next-generation prosthetics, assessing emerging CAD strategies for improving the existing CAD process
  • Commons people: additive manufacturing enabled collaborative commons production (by design)



International Journal of Computational Economics and Econometrics to publish expanded papers from ICOAE 2017

2017-02-21T15:00:10.964+00:00

Extended versions of papers presented at ICOAE 2017 (6 - 8 July 2017, Coventry, England) will be published by the International Journal of Computational Economics and Econometrics.



Call for papers: "Empowering Innovation in the Public Sector"

2017-02-21T13:00:09.519+00:00

For a special issue of the International Journal of Public Sector Performance Management.

Developing a better understanding of innovation in public sector management and its infrastructure is gaining traction among policy makers and researchers all around the world. Organisations are increasingly using external knowledge and new paradigms to enhance innovative effects for improving public values.
 
This special issue aims to present new developments and perspectives in technology approaches and related analysis designed to improve individual, group, organisational and inter-organisational performance.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • IT-enabled innovation in the public sector
  • Role of online communities
  • Security management in the public sector
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Cloud computing for data management
  • Big data management
  • Data mining in public sectors
  • Open innovation business models
  • Information infrastructure
 
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 15 May, 2017
Notification to authors: 30 June, 2017
Final versions due: 30 July, 2017



Special issue published: "Governance of Inter-Firm Networks in the Automotive Industry: the Static-Dynamic Efficiency Paradox"

2017-02-20T19:00:08.055+00:00

International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management 17(1) 2017
  • Characteristics of project-based alliances: evidence from the automotive industry
  • In-house production versus specific forms of supplier governance: testing predictions of the global value chains model
  • The exercise of power in inter-organisational relationships in response to changes in the institutional environment: cases from the European automotive industry
  • Relational resources and capabilities in acquisitions, joint ventures and alliances in the automotive industry
  • Automaker-supplier relationships and new product development in the truck industry: the case of Volvo do Brasil



Call for papers: "Niche Tourism and Residents' Well-being in Island Destinations"

2017-02-20T17:00:02.075+00:00

For a special issue of the International Journal of Tourism Anthropology.Islands, due to various characteristics such as idyllic environments, remoteness and rich natural and cultural fabric, have always been considered desirable destinations. In fact, islands have relied on tourism not only for increasing their economic prosperity, but also for effectively handling challenges they face such as limited resources, segregation, dependency on the rest world, and structural concerns. As such, tourism for many islands has become one of their main pillars of development as well as a core source of income and employment. Nonetheless, in our turbulent globalised environment more and more islands need to find ways to deal with significant competitive forces while at the same time keep their genuine character, without compromising their attractiveness.In this regard, island destinations endeavour to develop special forms of tourism with the aim of diversifying their tourism product, acquiring competitive edge and ultimately rejuvenating their tourism industries. With evidence that contemporary global trends require islands to be competitive but also sustainable for their future development, emphasis needs to be given to matters regarding how efficiently and effectively niche tourism is managed and how this can influence expansion of the prosperity of local residents. Moreover, in a time where niche forms of tourism seem to counterbalance the misruled mass tourism development of recent decades, practices concerning how islands destinations are planned and projected are questioned in terms of their effectiveness and/or adverse impacts on their sustainable development in economic, environmental and sociocultural terms, and also impact on island residents’ well-being.An important theme that therefore needs to be addressed is the identification of how niche forms of tourism developed on island destinations may affect the overall prosperity of the islands’ inhabitants. In this respect, the aim of this special issue is to examine various special forms of niche tourism on islands; how these could be sustainably developed and managed under current global conditions, intensive competition and various types of crises (environmental, economic, political, social); and mainly, how they can affect the overall quality of life of indigenous people. The issue will provide an opportunity for academics, practitioners, policy makers, consultants and researchers to discuss and exchange ideas and methodologies concerning the various types of niche tourism on islands, their contributions to maximising tourism potential as well as their residents’ well-being, and strategies and measures for their long-term sustainable development.Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers that focus on (but not limited to) the following themes applied to an island context:Sustainable tourism development: competitiveness versus sustainability and residents' well-beingBest practices for special forms of tourism management and residents' well-beingCriticism of niche tourism forms on islands and residents' well-beingSustainable management of island destinationsNiche tourism and destination authenticityNiche tourism on islands and cultural changes, cultural/interest conflictsGlobalisation, industrialisation, commercialisation, post-modernism and island residents' prosperityHosts and guests, individuality, collectivity, stakeholders, community, welfareSocial/economic/ethical/familial roles, structure/impact, social classThe role of local residents on the niche tourism experienceNiche tourists' motivation, behaviour and perceptionsSociocultural impacts of niche tourism and residents' well-beingMinorities, ind[...]



First issue: International Journal of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (free sample issue available)

2017-02-20T15:00:48.850+00:00

The International Journal of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation primarily focuses on the commercialisation of research and innovation results. This critical process is now recognised as the RIC (Research-Innovation-Commercialisation) concept for technological success. As a result of this, there is increasing interest in streamlining research and innovation efforts to bring the outcomes to commercialisable products. IJRIC is in a prime position to fill a gap in the literature by bringing together the three key categories of research, innovation and commercialisation and their theories and practices.

There is a free download of the papers from this first issue.



Special issue published: "Recent Applications of Computer Science and Technology"

2017-02-20T13:00:14.054+00:00

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology 55(1) 2017

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Automation, Control, Engineering and Computer Science (ACECS-2015).
  • BDI-agent-based quantum-behaved PSO for shipboard power system reconfiguration
  • A constructive heuristic for the two-dimensional bin packing based on value correction
  • State and fault estimation based on interval type-2 fuzzy inference system optimised by genetic algorithms
  • Modelling and identification of an irrigation station using hybrid possibilistic c-means and fuzzy particle swarm optimisation
  • Disturbance influence on neuronal system modelling
  • Robust fault detection and isolation in bond graph modelled processes with Bayesian networks
  • An enumerative biclustering algorithm based on greatest common divisor: application to DNA microarray data
  • Identification and development of a real-time motion control for a mobile robot's DC gear motor
  • Simulation model of pedestrians swarm in evacuation situations



Call for papers: "Synergising Digital-based Technology, Accounting and Management in Developing Business Sustainability and Economic Growth in Emerging Markets"

2017-02-19T15:00:25.358+00:00

For a special issue of the International Journal of Public Sector Performance Management.

For many years, emerging markets such as BRIC, South Korea and Indonesia were perceived as bearing higher economic potential yet higher risk compared to their more-developed counterparts. Innovative use of digital-based technology has long been expected to be the key driver for tapping into the economic potential of emerging markets sustainably. Hence improving access to valuable insights and best practices in the application of digital-based technology by businesses in emerging markets has never been more important.
 
Therefore, this special issue calls for researchers to report their findings regarding the latest developments in digital-based technology integration in management and accounting practices, particularly in emerging markets.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Economics and policy studies
  • Start-up and small business development
  • Human capital and talent development
  • Knowledge management
  • Strategic management and decision making
  • Innovation management
  • Big data, data sciences, data mining
  • e-Business
  • e-Government
  • e-Governance
  • Internet Of Things
  • ICT for society
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Operations and quality management
  • Performance management
  • Green marketing
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Financial accounting
  • Accounting information systems
  • Managerial accounting
  • Capital market
  • Public sector accounting
  • Islamic accounting
  • Social accounting
  • Corporate finance
  • Market discipline
  • Behavioural finance
  • International finance
  • Risk management
  • Market microstructure
  • Business ethics
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Sustainability
  • Islamic finance

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 2 August, 2017
Notification to authors: 4 October, 2017
Final versions due: 6 December, 2017



International Journal of Electronic Marketing and Retailing to publish expanded papers from ICES2k17

2017-02-19T13:00:50.817+00:00

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Electronic Sciences (9-10 March 2017, Coimbatore, India) will be published by the International Journal of Electronic Marketing and Retailing.



Special issue published: "Specialised Discourse and Language on Energy, Ecology and Environment"

2017-02-18T21:00:17.160+00:00

Progress in Industrial Ecology, An International Journal 10(2/3) 2016

Extended versions of papers presented at the 2014 International Conference "Energy, Environment and Ecology and the Intersecting Contributions of Specialized Languages, Discourse, Culture and Disciplines”.
  • What does 'clean energy' refer to?
  • Black gold, green marketing: multimodal analysis of the environmental sustainability discourse of the world's largest petroleum companies
  • Reconciling energy and the environment: emerging webgenres in the oil industry
  • Energy, environment and environmentalism: Wales with/vs. Britain
  • Civil society and nuclear plants in cross-border regions: the mobilisation against Fessenheim- and Cattenom nuclear power stations
  • Fukushima and its treatment in the press
  • The evolution of environmental ideas in the city: the activist work of three Los Angeles artists
  • IT-enabled comprehensive building environmental assessment
  • Measuring the specific land requirements of large-scale metal mines for iron, bauxite, copper, gold and silver
  • Halal business and sustainability: strategies, resources and capabilities of halal third-party logistics (3PLs)
  • Prospecting of renewable energy technologies for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi: a techno-economic analysis






Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology

2017-02-18T19:00:00.176+00:00

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology are now available here for free:
  • Helmet-mounted eye control system for pupil recognition and position
  • Displacement-constrained vibration-attenuation controller design for linear structure systems with parameter uncertainties
  • Adaptive modelling of non-linear errors-in-variables systems
  • A fast transition of linear temporal logic formulae to transition-based Büchi automata
  • Least square support vector machine for structural reliability analysis
  • Motion estimation using the total variation-local-global optical flow and the structure-texture image decomposition
  • An area-adaptive multi-level layout for social network visualisation
  • A non-contact human-computer interaction application design based on electrostatic current of human body
  • Mobile tracking system and optical tracking integration for mobile mixed reality
  • Modelling and evaluating CCUS: a survey



Special issue published: "Knowledge Transfer and its Impact on Commercial Processes"

2017-02-18T17:00:03.243+00:00

International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation 14(3/4) 2016
  • Relational investigation: psychological capital with psychological wellbeing and mediating role of organisational citizenship behaviour
  • Biotechnologies: market structuring and competitive strategies
  • Using Idea 2 Product Labs® as a strategy for accelerating technology transfer
  • The centrality of university spin-offs within their meso-level network. An assessment of impacts on firm performance
  • Beyond research and development: policy options for overcoming obstacles to commercialisation of R&D results in Nigeria
  • Factors influencing adoption of clinical information system in private clinics in Chennai, India



Call for papers: "Cyber Manufacturing – Emerging Frontiers in Sensing, Modelling and Control"

2017-02-18T15:00:24.536+00:00

For a special issue of the International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing.

The aim of this special issue is to present recent research advancements in cyber manufacturing. The 2016 Whitehouse report on advanced manufacturing emphasises the burgeoning need for fundamental research in next-generation technologies to spur manufacturing innovation. An information transparent cyber manufacturing paradigm is a key component of this thrust. Novel sensing, analytics, physical process modelling, part measurement and materials testing strategies, among other things, are consequential milestones that must be achieved to fully capitalise the revolutionary potential of cyber manufacturing.
 
Work in all areas of advanced manufacturing and materials processing including, but not limited to, the following will be considered: additive manufacturing; non-traditional manufacturing; subtractive, formative, nano manufacturing; robotics; pharmaceutical manufacturing; electronics manufacturing; precision machining; bio-manufacturing.
 
Specific subject areas include
  • Sensor fusion and data analytics
  • Process control
  • Functional integrity measurement and testing, and reliability analysis
  • Non-destructive testing and evaluation
  • Process-machine interaction modelling and variability reduction
  • Cause-effect analysis and defect mitigation strategies
  • Manufacturing security and cloud manufacturing
  • Cobotics and cooperative robotics
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Optimisation
  • Design of experiment strategies and human factors
  • Human-machine interfaces
  • Virtual manufacturing
  • Green manufacturing
 
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 15 November, 2017
Notification to authors: 15 January, 2018
Final versions due: 15 March, 2018






Special issue published: "Big Data, Smart Health and Health Informatics"

2017-02-17T21:00:01.178+00:00

International Journal of Telemedicine and Clinical Practices 2(1) 2017
  • E-learning through telemedicine in neurosurgical teaching and patient care
  • Enabler for success in information technology implementation: a case discussion of telemedicine of Odisha
  • ECG data compression algorithm for tele-monitoring of cardiac patients
  • Rapid mHealth - a mobile healthcare application development framework
  • Deterministic risk analysis smart health model for heart ailments using neural networks
  • Histogram-based adaptive learning for background modelling: moving object detection in video surveillance



Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology

2017-02-17T19:00:25.869+00:00

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology are now available here for free:
  • Development of ultrasonic tachography system for gait analysis
  • Conceptual-level bio-inspired retinal design using analogue VLSI systems
  • Medical image registration based on fuzzy c-means clustering segmentation approach using SURF
  • A CMOS lock-in amplifier for low-power biomedical applications
  • Enhancement of fissure using back propagation neural network and segmentation of lobes in CT scan image