Call for Chapters: Smart Specialization Strategies and the Role of Entrepreneurial Universities


Nuno Caseiro
Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco

Domingos Santos
Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco
CICS.NOVA - Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: January 15, 2018
Full Chapters Due: March 15, 2018
Submission Date: June 15, 2018


To be competitive in the global arena, regions must be capable of develop key capabilities in the exploitations of their resources and strengths. Smart specialization strategies are a new approach to the problem of competitiveness and differentiation in global arena assuming that the “one size fits all” model cannot be the solution to the problem.
To accomplish this, higher education institutions are key partners as a driver to innovation, knowledge and social capital building and valuation, as well as, pivotal institutions for strategy formulation and foresight and scenario building. The links between the entrepreneurial university paradigm and the implementation of smart specialization strategies are thus discussed as a means to deepen the understanding of this institutional, entrepreneurial and territorial dynamics that is evolving towards a new competitive paradigm based on knowledge and innovation.


The theoretical concept of the ‘entrepreneurial university’ is something of a buzzword amongst academics and policy makers alike. Yet the concept is under-theorised and has proven difficult to translate into a concrete policy approach. Smart specialization strategies have, however, enhanced our theoretical understanding and provided policy makers and other actors in the regional economy with a practical tool for tackling some of the underlying problems faced by territories suffering from economic decline, stagnation or under-development in the field of innovation. The main objective of the book is to provide a comprehensive review of the relation between the role entrepreneurial universities are playing on the context of the creation of smart specialization strategies, either in conceptual and methodological terms, either in terms of the challenges it raises in terms of regional innovation policy and the impact on territorial competitiveness. The book also aims to describe and examine diverse case studies, looking in particular at the relevance of design, implementation, adjustment, governance, networking and collaboration entrepreneurial universities adopt or promote to reinforce regional competitiveness in the context of smart specialization strategies.
The publication has its impact associated to the need that it is urgent and vital to continue to rethink the role universities can fullfil on their territories, now, more than ever before, that society requires higher education institutions to be increasingly territorially embedded and at the same time to be global scientific and technological players. Thus, the book can be very helpful and contribute to enrich this debate in the context of a newly emerging paradigm, the entrepreneurial university.
The book value is potentially associated to its innovative analytical dimensions, the richness of the different authors' contributions and the high quality academic standards the editors guarantee.

Target Audience

The target audience is constituted by academics and students from different disciplinary areas, such as economy, geography, entrepreneurial studies, innovation studies, political sciences, public administration,… Moreover, policy makers, at local regional and national level, are also a target, as well as other regional actors, namely belonging to the university management sphere, entrepreneurial associations, local and regional associations, …
The potential use is both for academic purposes, due to its scientific and pedagogic levels, at graduate and undergraduate levels, and, on a way, a manual and guide for the diverse regional innovation stakeholders.

Recommended Topics

The potential role of universities in urban & regional development;
Entrepreneurial university: concept, approaches, case studies;
Entrepreneurial universities and knowledge transfer;
The role of creative industries for S3;
Higher education policies;
Smart Specialization Strategies: concept, approaches, implications for regional development;
Engagement of universities in smart specialisation;
Universities and RIS3;
Entrepreneurial universities in lagging regions;
Moving towards smarter regions;
Institutional networking and partenership for S3 development;
The influence of S3 on business models;
The interaction between Economy 4.0 and S3;
Academic governance versus territorial governance;
Regional development policy;
Regional innovation systems;
Regional innovation policy;
S3 foresight and development intelligence;
From S3 to S4 - Sustainable and Smart Specialization Strategies.

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before August 30, 2017, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by September 30, 2017 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.
Full chapters are expected to be submitted by December 30, 2017, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.
Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Smart Specialization Strategies and the Role of Entrepreneurial Universities. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online submission manager.


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," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2018.

Important Dates

January 15, 2017: Full Chapter Submission
February 28, 2018: Review Results Returned
April, 15, 2018: Final Acceptance Notification
April 30, 2018: Final Chapter Submission