Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Call for Papers: Laws, Regulation and New Product Development - the Role of the Regulatory Framework for the Management of Technology and Innovation

Special Issue on: "Laws, Regulation and New Product Development - the Role of the Regulatory Framework for the Management of Technology and Innovation"

Guest Editors:
  • Dr. Alexander Brem, VEND consulting GmbH and Friedrich-Alexander Universityof Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Jens Horbach, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Dr. Klaus Rennings, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Germany

Innovations do not fall like manna from heaven but are generated bypioneering activities ofhuman beings. These activities have to take place via interaction with allkind of institutionsand the regulatory framework of their individual business environments.Traditional innovation theory embedded in growth theory or industrial economics often neglects the influence of theregulatory framework on innovations.
In the context of the growing importance of institutions like the World Bankor the European Union, the influence of laws and all kinds of regulation keeps on growing. Hence, regulation isoften seen as a substantial barrier for innovative activities. But,especially in growing research fields like environmental innovation, empirical evidence has shown a strongpositive influence of regulatory measures on encouraging innovative activities. The same can beexpected forother regulated markets such as., for example, health services. Andregulation may also berelevant in more traditional markets, e.g. due to the increasing role ofconsumer protectionand policy. In particular, environmental protection encourages innovation asfor instance car manufacturers must think about new ways of driving concepts in the light of permanently increasing energy costs, changing consumer perceptions and increasinglylimited natural resources worldwide. Therefore, the aim of this special issue is to clarifythe role of regulation in innovation processes and to assess its impacts.
Potential authors are invited to submit contributions analyzing the role ofregulatory issues in the management of technology and innovation. The goal is to prepare areference issue that could be of immediate use to those interested in the management of technology and innovation and its implications, whether they are academics, practitionersor researchers.

Subject coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to.

  • Environmental innovations. Institutions and innovation.
  • Role of regulation in specific branches, e.g. banking, telecom, etc..
  • Conceptualization of regulatory-push/pull.
  • Frameworks for the management of regulatory influences.
  • Influence of laws on product development.
  • Business model generation and evaluation.
  • Innovation in the service sector.
  • Economic performance of innovative firms.
  • Technology screening and forecasting.
  • Regulation and innovation management in different cultures and inmultinationalenterprises

Notes for Prospective Authors
Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currentlyunderconsideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completelyre-written). All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors,sample copiesand other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelinespage.

Deadlines for submission

1-2 page abstract due: 15 January 2010
Notification to authors: 28 February 2010
Submission of manuscripts due: 15 July 2010
Notification to authors: 15 October 2010
Final drafts of papers: 31 December 2010

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