Calls for Papers (special): International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development (IJSESD)

Special Issue On: Heading Global 2016

Submission Due Date

Guest Editors
Dr. Ahmad Alathari, DG of PAAET
Prof. Elias Carayannis, George Washington State University
Prof. Yaser Abdel-Motey, PAAET

The Knowledge Economy and Society worldview has evolved over the last twenty years into a major theory, policy and practice framework concerning the social, economic and political dimensions of country development dynamics. Substantial progress in academic research as well as practice-focused projects has revealed the power and effectiveness of applying Knowledge Economy and Society thinking and concepts in interventions concerning human and intellectual capital development, cultural and societal as well as organizational transformation, and environmental remediation and protection.

Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, PAAET, the largest academic institution in Kuwait, is organizing Heading Global 2016 to enhance the research areas in the fields of Knowledge Economy and Society and strengthen the connection between industry and academia. We believe that Education, Training and Development constitute the core enablers of qualified and skilled human resources in critical fields for the nation’s development.

The vision of Heading Global 2016 is to organize and deliver a dynamic conference contributing effectively to the advancement of the Kuwaiti Knowledge Economy and Society including theories, policies and practices promoting smart sustainable and inclusive growth. The mission of Heading Global 2016 is to harness the knowledge, experience, expertise and talent of key Knowledge Economy and Society stakeholders to address critical challenges, identify emerging opportunities

Recommended Topics
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Knowledge and Business Technology
    • Sharing and Visualizations
    • Business Intelligence/Analytics
    • CKM in Social Media
    • Big Data and Data Mining
    • Knowledge Management
  • Theory, Policy, Practices, Politics Issues for Smart Cities
    • Smart City Practices
    • Success Stories and Implementations
    • Knowledge Economy in Practice
    • KM and KE in Public Sector
    • KM in Economic Recovery & Growth
  • Policies Drafting and Implementations
    • Knowledge Strategies
    • Success Factors/KPIs
    • Process and Implementation
    • Evaluation and Assessment
    • Smart Specialization Strategies
  • Smart Innovations and Sustainable Solutions
    • Smart Learning
    • Smart Design Thinking
    • Smart Agriculture
    • Smart Manufacturing
    • Smart Cities

Submission Procedure
Extended Abstracts: All submission types require an extended abstract, a minimum of 500 words and no more than 1000 words. Your extended abstract should be submitted via the online form.

Submission: After the extended abstracts acceptance notifications, all accepted abstracts should be submitted online via the submission form. Please ensure that you complete all fields required in the form, including the conference track, paper title, authors’ names and email addresses, and designated contact author. Please indicate clearly if the contact author is not the first author.

Full Paper: Only required after acceptance of the extended abstract. The full paper should be at least 6000 words and not more than 8000 words. Please read the style guidelines document. Papers should be submitted in two type formats. First format is in word file format with authors’ information, and the second is anonymized in (.pdf) format. Both files should be submitted in the paper submission form. Copyright form should also be signed and submitted.

Technical Papers and Posters: Researchers, graduate students, and technical experts are invited to submit their work -in-progress in the poster session.

Case Studies and Non-academic Contributions: Success stories and project implementations from organizations working in the fields of the conference topics are invited and should follow publication standards.

Product Demonstrations and Exhibitors: Participants in the conference are eligible to request exhibition booth to present their products.

Paper Acceptance: All full papers will be double-blind reviewed by the Technical Program Committee (TPC) members to ensure that all submitted papers are original and high quality papers.

Important Dates
Extended Abstract Submission: 02/28/2016
Extended Abstract Acceptance Notification: 03/31/2016
Full-paper Submission: 05/31/2016
Full-paper Acceptance Notification: 07/31/2016
Camera-Ready Submission: 08/31/2016
Early Bird Registration: 10/01/2016
Final Author Registration: 10/31/2016

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Prof. Elias Carayannis

Special Issue On: Sustainable Development and Entrepreneurship

Submission Due Date

Guest Editors
Elias G. Carayannis, George Washington University, USA
David F.J. Campbell, University of Klagenfurt, Austria
João J. Ferreira, University of Beira Interior & NECE – Research Unit, Portugal
Luís Farinha, Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco & NECE – Research Unit, Portugal
Vanessa Ratten, La Trobe University, La Trobe Business School, Australia

Sustainable development has been widely discussed amongst academics and practitioners due to the importance of protecting the environment whilst sustaining the economic goals of organizations. Business growth and its connection with the success of the economy and welfare have been taken for granted throughout the history of industrialisation (Kyrö, 2001). This has led to researchers and practitioners currently dealing with the challenges of developing business and innovation models that integrate issues of competitiveness and sustainability.

Entrepreneurship has been recognized as a major conduit for sustainable products and processes, and new ventures are being held up as a panacea for many social and environmental concerns (Farinha, Ferreira, & Gouveia, 2014; Hall, Daneke, & Lenox, 2010; Pacheco, Dean, & Payne, 2010). Sustainable entrepreneurship is an emerging field that focuses on future innovations (Carayannis & Von Zedtwitz, 2005; Parrish, 2010). According to Miles, Munilla, & Darroch (2009), the focus of managers in sustainable management, may result in stimulating entrepreneurship, leading to the discovery or creation, evaluation and exploration of new market opportunities, converted to help organizations achieve a competitive advantage.

In the context of the knowledge -based economies and their collaborative networks, the focus of managers in sustainable management can result in stimulating entrepreneurship, based on the discovery, creation and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities. This enables the sustainable development of organizations, which are able to achieve a competitive advantage in the market (Hall et al., 2010; Leydesdorff, 2012; Park, 2014).

The aim of this Special Issue is to promote theoretical and empirical research on Sustainable Development and Entrepreneurship, in order to understand future research directions. Increasingly sustainability-driven entrepreneurship is becoming more important in society due to its connection with the environment and management practices. This special issue aims to help clarify the current and new trends in business models for sustainable development and emerging business practice.

This special issue focuses also on the circular economy in which organisations make and recycle material in order to encourage sustainability initiatives. The circular economy is a generic term for an industrial economy that is producing no waste and pollution, in which material flows are biological nutrients that are designed to re-enter the biosphere safely. This helps with technical nutrients, which are designed to circulate at high quality in the production system without entering the biosphere.

Recommended Topics
This Special Issue aims to discuss the emerging research concerned with sustainable development and entrepreneurship.

We welcome both conceptual and empirical papers using either quantitative or qualitative methods, with special interest in multilevel approaches.

To fulfill the purpose of the special issue, the topics of potential contributions may focus, but are not limited to, on the following themes:

  • A Sustainability-driven entrepreneurship;
  • A Circular economy and entrepreneurship;
  • A Multiple Helix Ecosystems for sustainable competitiveness;
  • A Business and innovation models and sustainability;
  • A Global competitive advantage and sustainable development.

Research Questions
Accordingly, we call for papers that seek answers to one or more of the following research questions:

  • What are the conditions where entrepreneurship simultaneously creates economic growth, while advancing environmental objectives and improving social conditions?
  • What kinds of business and innovation models will allow sustainable development?
  • What is the framework of sustainability in the new innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems?
  • What are the inter-connected challenges to make circular business models work in practice?
  • Can the practice of engineering be a base for a more generally applied new projects-based sustainable business model to stimulate innovation?

Submission Procedure
The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2016

All submitted manuscripts should be prepared in accordance to the IJSED’s Instructions of Authors:

After registering on Editorial Manager System at, follow the instructions to submit your manuscript. Please make sure you submit the paper under Special Issue on “Sustainable Development and Entrepreneurship”, when submitting your manuscript.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
João J. Ferreira
Guest Editor
International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development (IJSESD)
Please clearly identify in the email subject line “IJSESD Special Issue”.

Carayannis, E. G., & Von Zedtwitz, M. (2005). Architecting gloCal (global-local), real-virtual incubator networks (G-RVINs) as catalysts and accelerators of entrepreneurship in transitioning and developing economies: Lessons learned and best practices from current development and business incubation practices. Technovation, 25(2), 95–110.

Farinha, L., Ferreira, J. J., & Gouveia, J. B. (2014). Innovation and Competitiveness: A High-Tech Cluster Approach. Romanian Review Precision Mechanics, Optics & Mechatronics, 45, 41–48.

Hall, J. K., Daneke, G. a., & Lenox, M. J. (2010). Sustainable development and entrepreneurship: Past contributions and future directions. Journal of Business Venturing, 25(5), 439–448.

Kyrö, P. (2001). To grow or not to grow? Entrepreneurship and sustainable development. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, 8(1), 15–28.

Leydesdorff, L. (2012). The Triple Helix, Quadruple Helix, …, and an N-Tuple of Helices: Explanatory Models for Analyzing the Knowledge-Based Economy? Journal of the Knowledge Economy, 3(1), 25–35.

Miles, M. P., Munilla, L. S., & Darroch, J. (2009). Sustainable corporate entrepreneurship. International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 5(1), 65–76.

Pacheco, D. F., Dean, T. J., & Payne, D. S. (2010). Escaping the green prison: Entrepreneurship and the creation of opportunities for sustainable development. Journal of Business Venturing, 25(5), 464–480.

Park, H. W. (2014). Transition from the Triple Helix to N-Tuple Helices? An interview with Elias G. Carayannis and David F. J. Campbell. Scientometrics, 99(1), 203–207.

Parrish, B. D. (2010). Sustainability-driven entrepreneurship: Principles of organization design. Journal of Business Venturing, 25(5), 510–523.