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Calls for Papers (special): International Journal of Information Communication Technologies and Human Development (IJICTHD)

Special Issue On: ICT, Entrepreneurship, and Investment in the Middle East

Submission Due Date
5/31/2014

Guest Editors
Prof. (Dr.) Hossein Khanifar
Dr. Seyed Mohammad Bagher Jafari
Dr. Mansour Esmaeil Zaei

Introduction
Technological progress is a considerable driving force behind economic growth and increase the national and international business. ICT infrastructure in particular has attracted much investment, and generated significant fiscal revenues and employment opportunities in developing countries. ICT plays a crucial role in the present knowledge based economy, having a remarkable potential to contribute to sustained competitive advantage for the business. In the Middle East, information and communication technologies (ICT) have significant growth for the past few years due to the liberalization of the ICT market, intense competition, and dynamic demographics of the region. The region has made significant strides in transitioning from primarily an oil-based economy to an innovative and diversified knowledge-based society. The governments in all the Middle East countries are investing a huge sum into developing mobile, fixed and Internet networks. Moreover, entrepreneurship also is a decisive factor in order for today's economy of knowledge to attain its competitive and dynamic character. One of the most important factors associated with the demand side of entrepreneurship is technological development, which has been strategically prosecuted through the investment in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

Objective
The aim of this special issue is to provide insight into the practices and applications of ICT,entrepreneurship and investment in the Middle East, identify problems and barriers, present context-specific findings and solutions, illustrate how ICT is enabling development of the Middle East and its countries and to support the flow of information from and about Middle East with the world. We encourage the submission of original research papers as well as practice papers. We especially invite papers from authors based in Middle East or papers reporting on empirical research conducted in the Middle East. Research from interpretive and critical research traditions encompassing quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods are also encouraged.

Recommended Topics
Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following:
  • Branding and business development roles in ICT
  • Computer network administration
  • Country-specific case studies of ICT adoption or use
  • Drivers and barriers for ICT adoption in Middle East
  • E-government, e-health, or e-learning applications in Middle East
  • Electronic content, creativity and monetization
  • ICT and community-based development approaches
  • ICT and social entrepreneurship in Middle East
  • ICT and the UN Millenium Development Goals in Middle East
  • ICT for socio-economic development in the Middle East continent
  • ICT industrial estates as an axis of linking between government, industry and academia
  • ICT infrastructure in Middle East countries
  • ICT infrastructure standards and security
  • ICT policy and legislation in Middle East countries
  • Identify target markets for ICT products
  • Impact of Middle East on the ICT industry business
  • Indigenous knowledge systems and ICT in Middle East countries
  • Information and computer literacy in Middle East countries and communities
  • Innovation and technology in business startups and small businesses
  • Innovative applications of ICTs in Middle East countries, including mobile applications
  • International technology management policy
  • Internet and web based systems and products
  • Investment and financing methods in the ICT industry
  • Investment patterns and opportunities
  • Mobile communication
  • Multinational corporations, innovation, new technology, IT
  • New businesses based on digital media
  • Role of ICT in GDP
  • Social networking as a new tool for marketing
  • Strategies and challenges for exporting software, digital media and computer games


Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue Information and Communication Technology, Entrepreneurship and Investment on or before May 31, 2014 . All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. (N.B. 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.) INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at http://www.igi-global.com/Files/AuthorEditor/guidelinessubmission.pdf. All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:

All inquiries should be directed to the attention of:

Prof. (Dr.) Hossein Khanifar
University of Tehran
Faculty of Entrepreneurship
16 Azar Street, Enghlab Avenue, Tehran, Iran
E-mail: khanifar@ut.ac.ir

Dr. Seyed Mohammad Bagher Jafari
University of Tehran
Department of Management and Accounting
16 Azar Street, Enghlab Avenue, Tehran, Iran
E-mail: sm.jafari@ut.ac.ir

Dr. Mansour Esmaeil Zaei
Panjab University
Department of Public Administration
Chandigarh, U.T. – 160014, India
E-mail: esmaeilzaei.mansour@gmail.com

All manuscript submissions to the special issue should be sent through the online submission system:
http://www.igi-global.com/authorseditors/titlesubmission/newproject.aspx