Calls for Papers (special): International Journal of Technology Diffusion (IJTD)

Special Issue On: Digital Transformation and COVID-19

Submission Due Date

Guest Editors
Prof. Samuel Fosso Wamba, Toulouse Business School, France
Prof. Maciel M. Queiroz, Paulista University - UNIP, Brazil

Cutting-edge tools and technologies such as blockchain, big data analytics, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, Internet of things (IoT), drones, etc. are capturing the imagination of managers, practitioners, and scholars because of their high operational and strategic potential to transform the way that we run businesses today, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. This unprecedented pandemic outbreak (Queiroz, Ivanov, Dolgui, & Fosso Wamba, 2020) is accelerating the digital transformation of organizations across industries worldwide.

Despite the recent advances of the literature dealing with digital transformation, as well as the effects of COVID-19 (Ivanov, 2020; Ivanov & Dolgui, 2020) and other epidemic outbreaks (Queiroz et al., 2020) on organizations, there is a considerable gap in exploring the role of the COVID-19 in digital transformation, as an accelerator of the adoption and use of cutting-edge tools and technologies

This special issue aims to publish the latest research insights from studies exploring the contributions of cutting-edge tools and technologies to the digital transformation of organizations in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. This special issue further intends to serve as a platform through which scholars, managers, and practitioners can explore and share their knowledge to enhance our understanding of the dynamics and potential of, as well possible barriers to, digital transformation through cutting-edge tools and technologies, especially during pandemics.

Following the tradition and rigor of high-quality papers published by IJTD in innovative technologies, we expect original contributions from scholars and practitioners to be able to unlock and shed more light on digital transformation techniques in adverse situations by, inter alia, employing quantitative and qualitative methods.

Recommended Topics
• Enablers and barriers of digital transformation in a time of epidemic outbreaks.
• Artificial intelligence techniques to support the digital transformation of organizations and governments.
• Big data and its contributions to organizations business value and resilience.
• Blockchain and smart contracts to support buyer-supplier relationships during and after epidemic outbreaks.
• IoT and the interplay with customers, organizations and suppliers to improve responsiveness during the COVID-19.
• Cloud computing benefits, challenges, and threats towards a more "home-office society."
• The interplay of smart cities, governments, organizations, and people.
• Cybersecurity best practices and challenges – organizational, governmental and societal views.
• The contribution of digital transformation to business innovation.
• Key technologies for digital transformation and resilience improvement.
• Critical success factors of digital transformation in the context of epidemic outbreaks.

Ivanov, D. (2020). Predicting the impacts of epidemic outbreaks on global supply chains : A simulation-based analysis on the coronavirus outbreak. Transportation Research Part E, 136(March), 101922.
Ivanov, D., & Dolgui, A. (2020). Viability of intertwined supply networks: extending the supply chain resilience angles towards survivability. A position paper motivated by COVID-19 outbreak. International Journal of Production Research, 58(10), 2904–2915.
Lawrence, J. E. (2015). Examining the Factors that Influence ICT Adoption in SMEs: A Research Preliminary Findings. International Journal of Technology Diffusion, 6(4), 40–57.
Queiroz, M. M., Ivanov, D., Dolgui, A., & Fosso Wamba, S. (2020). Impacts of epidemic outbreaks on supply chains: mapping a research agenda amid the COVID-19 pandemic through a structured literature review. Annals of Operations Research.

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit original empirical research articles of roughly 5,000-7,000 words in length. Interested authors must consult the journal's guidelines for manuscript submissions at: All manuscripts must be submitted through the E-Editorial Discovery™ online submission manager.

All inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Prof. Samuel Fosso Wamba
Guest Editor
International Journal of Technology Diffusion (IJTD)