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Since the rise of emerging economies in the global scenario, it has been critical to better understand the role of knowledge and innovation played in this process. We focus on researching not only how knowledge and innovation is managed and generated in emerging markets, but also how traditionally they learned from advanced economies to enhance their innovation capability, and recently the reverse innovation process about how this innovation capability in emerging markets affects and is transferred to advanced economies.


Since the rise of emerging economies in the global scenario, it has been critical to better understand the role of knowledge and innovation played in this process. We focus on researching not only how knowledge and innovation is managed and generated in emerging markets, but also how traditionally they learned from advanced economies to enhance their innovation capability, and recently the reverse innovation process about how this innovation capability in emerging markets affects and is transferred to advanced economies.

With this purpose, the proposed KITFEM research project aims to study the management of knowledge and innovation in, to and from emerging markets, with special emphasis on its impacts on the EU. With the proposed secondments among fifteen partners in nine countries around the world in four continents, between partners from academic sector and non-academic sector, KITFEM combines research on the issue of knowledge and innovation between emerging markets and European enterprises, and knowledge sharing and dissemination around the world to enhance the impact of European innovation.

Involving 54 researchers, managers, tech, and administrative staff, KITFEM consists of seven work packages to foster the interaction between scientific community and other stakeholders such as institutions, industries, business, and general civil society, to ensure the popular interests and engagement of the researched topic. In such a way, one work package is dedicated to project management and internal communication and another to external communication, dissemination and outreach activities.

Five work packages focus on research, training and dissemination, at multiple levels: Institutional-industrial-organizational-individual. With the designed project structure and competitive capability of the fifteen partners involved, KITFEM is expected to generate high impact in the globe, both in term of research excellence and societal engagement.


Based on these premises and purposes, K.I.T.F.E.M. project aims to pool EU and emerging markets’ competences and on-going research efforts to carry out a comprehensive, multidisciplinary and multi-level investigation, aimed at analyzing the role and the interplay of the main factors that characterize knowledge management, innovation and competitiveness in, to and from emerging markets and the projected impacts on EU innovation strategies and policies, as well as exchanging, training and diffusing knowledge and innovation among academic and nonacademic sectors. Therefore, the main questions for the RISE research exchange and the joint scientific activities planned are specified in the following:

  1. How do international knowledge transfer, new technology and business models innovation and implementation work with (in, to and from) emerging markets? How do these factors impact on emerging countries (i.e. Argentina, China, Mexico, Morocco, or Vietnam in this project) enterprises’ innovation capabilities? How do these factors interact with each other and how can these interactions affect EU enterprises’ innovation capabilities?
  2. How does collaborative innovation among different stakeholders emerge and succeed in advanced economies and emerging markets? What are the strategic factors in influencing knowledge transfer and innovation in advanced economies and emerging countries enterprises? What is the role of cultural difference played in this process? Finally, how do these factors affect knowledge, innovation and overall firm performance?
  3. Which are the challenges for organizations and their workforce when involving employees for increasing firm innovativeness? What forms of employee participation are used and what is the causal relationship between employee participation and involvement and firm’s innovation performance? What are the contextual conditions in emerging markets under which different forms of employee participation evolve and feed into a firm’s innovation performance, especially in comparison with these in advanced economies in the EU?
  4. How do expatriate management practices facilitate knowledge management and innovation creation? How do different types of expatriate management practices interrelate and systematically mediate the duality of innovative capability? Which mechanisms push employees to create new ideas/start-up? Which processes are necessary for a new product/service creation?
  5. Are there significant relationships among international knowledge and technology transfer process, collaborative innovation, employment relations, and expatriate management, which affects firms’ strategies and institutional policies for EU and emerging countries, both in terms of knowledge creation, innovation and overall firm performance? If so, what can these relationships tell about emerging countries’ path to technology and business innovation? Last but not least, what are the actual and potential impacts of a strengthened innovation capacity of these emerging countries on EU enterprises’ strategies and innovation policies? How can local policies, following specific EU sectorial strategy, affect businesses in the knowledge and technological transfer process?

While the specific objectives are to be transferred into specific work package (the state of art of each research field within the study question will be detailed in each work package in the section 3) to work with, the final aim of the proposed exchange schema is also to create the nucleus of a unique network of European and emerging countries’ (i.e. Argentina, China, Mexico, Morocco and Vietnam) knowledge and innovation scientists, universities and research centers, along with the participation of non-academic sector, to better connect with and contribute to the ampler society. This nucleus will be capable to facilitate scientific collaboration based on the realization of joint research and training programs, the mobility of researchers and their projects between EU and emerging countries.

Pablo Álamopablo.alamo@cunef.eduFiche
Roser Álvarez Kleemariaroser.alvarez@cunef.eduFiche
Adoración Álvaro Moyaadoracionalvaro@cunef.eduFiche
Teresa Barbado Salmerónteresa.barbado@madrimasd.orgFiche
Verónica Rosendovrosendo@cunef.eduFiche
Esther Cadiñanosesther.cadinanos@cunef.eduFiche
María Elena Latino elenalatino@naicasc.comFiche
Jorge Cruz Gonzálezjorge.crus@cunef.eduFiche
Marco Di Cintomarco.dicinto@unisalento.itFiche
Simon Fietzesimonf@sam.sdu.dkFiche
María Eugenia Godoymegodoy@mincyt.gob.arFiche
Fabian Jintae Froeseffroesse@uni-goettingen.deFiche
Abderrahman Hassia.hassi@aui.maFiche
Luciana Azul Irazoqui Solerlirazoqui@mincyt.gob.arFiche
Chengcheng Lili.chengcheng@cunef.eduFiche
Karim Moustaghfirk.moustaghfir@aui.maFiche
Ha Nguyen Thi
Fedor Portniaginfedor.portniagin@wiwi.unigoettingen.deFiche
Sylvia Rohlfersrohlfer@cunef.eduFiche
Jesús Rojo Gonzálezjesus.rojo@madrimasd.orgFiche
Carlos Salvador Muñozcarlos.salvador@cunef.eduFiche
Marco Lucio Sarcinellamarcolucio.sarcinella@unisalento.itFiche
Sebastian Stoermersebastian.stoemer@wiwi.uni-goettingen.deFiche
Mu Tianmu.tiam@cunef.eduFiche
Kenza Touhsk.touhs@aui.maFiche
Francisco Javier Valderreyfrancisco.valderrey@itesm.mxFiche
Agustina Veloavelo@mincyt.gob.arFiche
Emiliano Zapataezapata@mincyt.gob.arFiche
Lorenzo Quartalorenzo.quarta@ekasystems.comFiche
Youssef Chetiouiy.chetioui@aoui.maFiche
Thomas Schotttsc@sam.sdu.dkFiche
Ye LiuliuYe8205@sina.cnFiche
Claudio Petticlaudio.petti@unisalento.itFiche
Thomas Jaskolkathomas.jaskolka@wiwi.uni-goettingen.deFiche
Sonja FranzkeSonja.franzke@wiwi.uni-goettingen.deFiche
Marcela Silvia Marrapodimmarrapodi@mincyt.gob.arFiche
Martín José Albarracín Franzonemalbarracin@mincyt.gob.arFiche
Leonardo Fiche
Diego Alejandro Galeanodgaleano@mincyt.gob.arFiche
Birgit Gasslerbgassle@uni.goettingen.deFiche
Dieter Koemledkoemle @gwdg.deFiche
Feicheng WangFeicheng.Wang@uni goettingen.deFiche
Ho Chi
Mark Okrakumark.okraku@uni goettingen.deFiche
Nguyen Anh
Nguyen Thi Huong
Nguyen Truc
Nham Phong
Pham Vu
Phan Chi
Samuel Daviessamuel.davies@wiwi.uni goettingen.deFiche
Sophia Kanskan@uni goettingen.deFiche
Tien Minh
Xiaoming Fufu cs.uni goettingen.deFiche
Marco Espósitom.esposito@unisalento.itFiche
Mauro CagnazzoMauro.cagnazzo@eka.itFiche
Maurizio Laforgiamaurizio.laforgia@eka.itFiche
Rita Barrierarita.barriera@libero.itFiche
Francesca Giannottafrancesca.giannotta@unisalento.itFiche
Giorgia De Benedettogiorgiadebenedetto@gmail.comFiche


>Call for papers for the Management Revue Socio Economics Studies

Nascent Entrepreneurship in China

> Call for papers for the 2018 European Academy of Management Conference

T 03_10 Managerialization and Professionalization in SMEs and family firm.

This track welcomes empirical and conceptual contributions to the debate amongst SME and family firm scholars about the diffusion of formal managerial mechanisms, including strategic planning, managerial control systems, and human resource management systems. This may go together with the professionalization of the firm, i.e., the upgrading of human skills, knowledge and experience and the diligent application of specialized knowledge in the firm’s management. A critical issue to ensure growth and sustainability is to understand the ‘practice’ of managerialization and professionalization, while, at the same time, we need to understand the underlying ‘science’ to help us explain why it happens. Corresponding Proponent: Sylvia Rohlfer

T 03_08 Growth Strategies & Internationalization for SMEs

SMEs growth strategies have been recently marked by increasing levels of internationalization. This evolution is not limited to exports or international outsourcing: it is indeed a brand new way of doing business. Internationalization of SMEs is challenging existing knowledge. Management scholars are invited to provide new perspectives on international entrepreneurial strategies of SMEs, their challenges and evolving business models, their relation to countries of destination, timing and entry mode, managerial tools, organizational structure, quality of acquired knowledge, relationships with multinationals and institutions. Theoretical contributions, reflections, and empirical analyses are welcome, provided they focus on SMEs.

Corresponding Proponent: Lara Penco,

> Call for submission of book chapter proposal

This is a book project provisionally titled “Firm Value” in which early stage researchers participating in KITFEM could contribute. This is a short description of the book: “

The growth of modern economies depends critically on the performance of the companies that make up the business fabric. Therefore, a full understanding of the factors that determine and enhance the firm value is nowadays an imperative. Consequently, this book aims to compile first level research that sheds light on the drivers of the firm value. Such drivers are explained by the quality and effectiveness of corporate governance structures, such as the ownership structure of the companies, the attributes of their board of directors, and the debt and dividend policies adopted by the companies. These are firm characteristics that determine how value is created. However, firm value is also explained by exogenous factors defined by the institutional environment in which the companies operate, such as the legal and regulatory systems. Consequently, understanding the rationale behind these factors will help practitioners and policy makers to make value maximizing decisions that will eventually impact the economy.”

> Leadership of Chinese Private Enterprises (books)

> The Source of Innovation in China

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