Variety of Innovation

Different views on innovation.

by Martin Kamprath

CfP: “Innovation in State Owned Enterprises – Implications for Technology Management and Industrial Development”

CfP of “Industry and Innovation”

Developing economies are frequently characterized by the existence of large companies which come in the shape of state-owned enterprises (SOE) and contribute a substantial share to GDP, employment, and market capitalization (OECD, 2014). While state ownership often ‘naturally’ exists in such sectors as utilities and infrastructure (i.e., sectors characterized as ‘natural monopolies’ featuring average variable costs continuously dropping with scale due to very high sunk costs, e.g. transport and telecommunications or energy) it may also dominate high-tech areas, such as aerospace, shipbuilding, and automotive industries, particularly if they are related in one way or the other to the military-industrial complex. In many cases SOEs show a tendency to occupy monopoly positions in the national economy or at least being dominant actors in their respective fields. They can also appear as diversified industrial groups, whose activities (including R&D and innovation) are totally or partially funded and controlled by the government (World Bank, 2010).  Continue Reading →

by Martin Kamprath

CfP: “Corporate Foresight and Innovation Management”

Special issue in the journal “Technology Analysis & Strategic Management”

Many organizations now support and conduct corporate foresight exercises. Developed and advertised by consultants as a strategic process of handling the effect and response uncertainty of technology and social drivers of change (Rohrbeck and Gemünden, 2011; Vecchiato and Roveda, 2010), organizations are frequently called upon to integrate these exercises into their organisational processes. While it is widely acknowledged that the link between cause and effect is often elusive, the foresight literature has striven to establish a positive relationship between corporate foresight and innovation (Anderson et al., 2004; Gracht, et al., 2010; Rameriz, et al. 2011). Those that do not directly report this causal link often identify flexible organizational outcomes such as ambidexterity, adaptive learning, and visioning whose derived theoretical and managerial implications could promote new product development and technology foresight in fast-velocity environments (Canongia, 2004; Major and Cordy-Hayes, 2000; Ruff, 2014).

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by Martin Kamprath

CfP: “Additive manufacturing and its impact on industry”

A call from the Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management

Additive manufacturing is an upcoming technology that has been identified in general as going to be one of the most disruptive technologies for society (Hyman, 2011; Sung-Won (2013) as well as being disruptive in particular for manufacturing (Merrill, 2014). This manufacturing technology deserves a proper discussion to analyse historical developments, technical developments and their consequences for production, distribution, supply and marketing of industrial goods. Ultimately the structure of our entire economy might change because of the large-scale use of additive manufacturing.

The special issue explores a variety of topics with the aim to create a vision on the consequences of the application of this technology in specific industries. The special issue aims to understand the history of the emergence of additive manufacturing, to analyse current technical and market developments and to explore future consequences of this technology for the structure of industries and the economy at large.

Articles can focus on the following subtopics (but are not limited to):

• History or emergence of additive manufacturing.
• Diffusion of additive manufacturing machines. Outlook for further diffusion.
• Additive manufacturing applications for consumers.
• Additive manufacturing applications for industry.
• Exploration of the different application fields. What were the niche applications that made additive manufacturing start? What are and will become the mainstream applications?
• Comparison of different kinds of additive manufacturing with other types of production such as injection moulding. For which kinds of products is additive  cost-effective compared to other available production technologies?
• Combining additive manufacturing with related technologies, for example in fab labs.
• Consequences of additive manufacturing for the structure of the value chain in selected industries.
• Consequences of additive manufacturing in our daily life.
• The future of additive manufacturing and the structure of our economy.

Articles can be conceptual but should as much as possible be backed up with empirical data. Articles will be evaluated by a team of guest editors both in terms of fit with the topic and quality. Articles will go through the usual peer-review process that is typical for JMTM.

All papers should be submitted by December 20, 2015. Authors should ensure that the Additive Manufacturing Special Issue option is selected. All appropriate papers will go through the normal journal review process. – See more at: