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Call for papers-Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050) - Special Issue "Knowledge Sharing and Sustainable Development"

  • 1.  Call for papers-Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050) - Special Issue "Knowledge Sharing and Sustainable Development"

    Posted 3 days ago


    ***with apologies for cross posting*****

    Special Issue Guest Editor

    Prof. Dr. Meir Russ, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay


    Special Issue Information


    Dear Colleagues,


    As new knowledge and the data-intensive economy continues to evolve, in view of the accelerating technological revolution and pressures from ecological threats and the Covid 19 pandemic, knowledge and data management is being recognized as a key business asset and a crucial component of national, organizational, and individual strategies. The need for a circular and agile economy at every scale (e.g., regional, national, and global) and for sustainable development has never been more acutely evident. The ability to share knowledge, therefore, is quickly becoming vital to secure and maintain organizational survival and success. Moreover, artificial intelligence, digitalization, platformization, and data management are changing the landscape of knowledge and social and human capital management, creating new strategic opportunities and threats while enabling new venues and ventures.


    For this Special Issue, knowledge management (KM) is recognized as a socio-technical phenomenon in which the basic social constituents such as person, team, and organization require interaction with ICT applications to support a strategy and add value to the organization while improving the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of an ecosystem. In this context, knowledge sharing (KS) will be defined as an activity through which knowledge is exchanged among, within, or between agents.


    Sustainable development has been defined as economic and social development that meets the economic, social, and environmental needs of the present generation without conceding the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. With growing pressure from customers and regulators toward environmental and social issues, companies are increasingly expected to shoulder greater responsibility for making sustainable development a swift reality. This requires policymakers, planners, and management to balance economic, business, social, and environmental concerns and outcomes. For that to happen, leaders need to quantify the relationships of all those aspects across different time horizons and link their organizational knowledge base to strategy and outcomes so they can consider the tradeoffs of different alternatives.


    To support such endeavors, this Special Issue is encouraging an interdisciplinary fusion between diverse disciplines. Specifically, this call for papers will solicit articles from a multidisciplinary array of scholars, including economic development, financial, systems-networks, IT/IS data/analytics, behavioral, social, environmental ecosystems, governance systems, and other related (e.g., NGOs) ecosystems. Multi-level and multi-discipline chapters that synthesize diverse bodies of knowledge are strongly encouraged. When appropriate, a plurality of empirical methods from diverse disciplines that can enhance the building of a holistic theory of knowledge sharing for sustainable development are also encouraged. The Special Issue welcomes original research articles, case studies, reviews, critical perspectives, and viewpoint articles advancing theory, concepts, frameworks, and applications in the field of knowledge sharing for sustainable development. Relevant topics include (but are not limited to) the following:


    Sharing digital data and platformization for sustainable development

    Environmental impact of digitization and data sharing

    Role of networks in KS for sustainable development

    Leadership and organizational learning for sustainable development

    Sharing knowledge types (tacit, explicit, embedded)

    KS for KM Strategies (e.g., exploration and exploitation)

    Sustainability as a goal and/or a journey

    Responsible knowledge and data sharing

    Business models for sustainable development

    Political economy of sustainable development

    Positive externalities, knowledge sharing, and sustainable development

    Role of social capital in knowledge sharing

    The moderating and/or mediating effect of human capital and KS on sustainable development

    KS across boundaries

    Applying AI to KS for sustainable development



    Manuscript Submission Information

    Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

    Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

    Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.



    Important Dates


    Final deadline for manuscript submissions: 6 April 2021.

    Papers are published when accepted.


    Additional Information

    See additional information at


    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.


    Also, feel free to forward/share this call for chapters to/with your colleagues who might be interested in the subject.


    Thank you very much for your consideration of this invitation, and I hope to hear from you soon!


    Stay safe, healthy and in touch,


    Best wishes,


    Meir Russ, Ph.D. The Ohio State University (1993)

    Professor Emeritus, Management and Marketing

    Frederick E. Baer Professor in Business

    Philip J. and Elizabeth Hendrickson Professor in Business

    University of Wisconsin - Green Bay https://www.uwgb.edu/russm/

    Editor–in-Chief, The Online Journal of Applied Knowledge Management http://www.iiakm.org

    IEEE Senior Member

    email: meir.russ@gmail.com ; russm@uwgb.edu




    Meir Russ; Professor Emeritus; UWGB
    Editor in Chief
    The Online Journal of Applied Knowledge Management
    meir.russ@gmail.com; russm@uwgb.edu