Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Disruptive Innovation in Business Organizations


Nilsa Elias, Ph.D.
Terry Walker, Ph.D.
Robin Walker, Ph.D.

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: August 1, 2020
Full Chapters Due: August 15, 2020


Established firms typically focus on their most profitable customers or classes of customers, are slow to adopt new business processes and/or technologies, and fail to address the needs of non-customers in their market space. Smaller, more innovative companies enter the market with fewer resources than their established competitors to address the needs of overlooked customers. Disruptive organizations establish a foothold in the market space then attract customers previously served by established firms, thus creating a significant disruption in the market penetration and business models of established incumbents. During the past several decades, technology, communication, and capital market advancements have provided an environment that appears to be accelerating the pace of disruptive innovation. Thus, research is urgently needed on how disruption is established, how disruption can be encouraged, identifiers and recognition of potential disrupters and disruptive innovations, and effective strategies for established firms to respond to disrupters in a market space. This research must occur in all functional areas of business affected by disruptive innovation, including management, entrepreneurship, marketing, information technology, accounting, finance, and law. The Handbook of Research on Disruptive Innovation in Business Organizations will provide an edited collection of original research on the subject of disruptive innovation.


The Handbook of Research on Disruptive Innovation in Business Organizations will provide scholarly contributions that address relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest empirical research findings in disruptive innovations. The book will be written for professionals who want to improve their understanding of disruptive innovation in various organizations. Included will be what disruption theory proposes, how disrupters enter markets and threaten established incumbents, and how market leaders should monitor and react to disrupters entering their market spaces. In addition, the Handbook will provide scholars and researchers with a broader foundation of disruption theory and how the theory can be beneficial to organizations.

Target Audience

The target audience of this book will be professionals and researchers working in the field of organizational management in various business disciplines (e.g., management, entrepreneurship, marketing, information technology, accounting, finance, and law). The book will (1) provide executives of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations so they can recognize and respond to potential disruptive organizations that enter their market space, (2) provide public policy makers and executives at regulatory agencies with a better understanding of the impact of disruptive innovation on established industries, and (3) be a reference book used in higher education to educate students on disruptive innovation and encourage increased research on disruptive innovation.

Recommended Topics

• Disruptive innovation response strategies
• Identified performance metrics
• Identified innovation metrics
• Predicting new market entrant disruptive innovation
• Metrics for identifying potential threat of a disruptive organization entering the marketplace
• Disruptive innovation in higher education
• The right business model for disruptive organizations
• How artificial intelligence might influence disruptive innovation
• Disruptive innovation in the hospitality, travel, and tourism industry
• The impact of disruptive innovation of business sustainability
• Developing and identifying metrics used to evaluate innovative projects
• Developing a plan that explores alternatives for financing disruptive innovation
• Disruptive innovation in the retail industry
• Disruptive innovation in the information technology industry
• Disruptive innovation in the health care industry
• Effective use of the organizations resources to sustain innovation
• Does customer profitability analysis ignore the possibility of disruptive innovation?
• Challenges for firms that are simultaneously established incumbents and disruptive innovators
• Metrics for identifying which innovations will succeed
• How technological advances fuel disruptive innovation

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit, no later than August 15, 2020, a full chapter of approximately 10,000. All 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 the Handbook of Research on Disruptive Innovation in Business Organizations. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind, peer review editorial process.

All chapters must be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2021.

Important Dates

Full chapter submission: August 15, 2020


Terry M. Walker, Ph.D., Co-Editor
Professor Emeritus, University of Louisiana

Nilsa Elias, Ph.D., Co-Editor
Western Governors University

Robin Walker, Ph.D., Co-Editor
Metro State University of Denver

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