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Knowledge Management Research and Practice
Managing Knowledge in the
Digital Landscape for a Sustainable World 

Submission Deadline: 15 Dec 2022

Guest Editors:

About the Issue:

Knowledge management is the fundamental set of practices that help in defining an organization’s organizational identity, competency, and boundary. Knowledge management is experiencing a rapidly changing environment due to increasing digitalization and sustainability related goals, activities and market requirements. There are multiple schools of thought in both academic and policy formulation groups that are strongly deliberating on the role of knowledge management among organizations, when they are experiencing uncertainty due to sustainability challenges, climate change, inclusivity, globalization, digital innovation and practices within and outside organizations. Scholars and practitioners argue that knowledge management must focus on inclusivity, climate change, carbon neutrality and digitalization and related transformation, however, the actual acts and related consequences makes organizational knowledge management role more complex, highly uncertain and underwhelming. It is therefore a need to further explore the knowledge management in the digital landscape for a sustainable world. Knowledge management literature thrives on the argument that effective management, repository, sharing and distributing knowledge makes organizations innovative, transformative, competitive and with high employee motivation and performance. There are numerous articles that have explored how effective knowledge management practices lead towards organizational digital transformation and organizational sustainable transformation. However, it remains to be explored how organizational knowledge management practices and repository should be structured, designed, and distributed when organizations have to deal with high uncertainties involving both changing digitalization and rapid external events calling for greater organizational sustainability. Also, the available extra knowledge (involving those from sustainable policies and market environment and emerging digitalization and automation) needs to be shared with the employees through training, workshops and conversations. Through this special issue, we intend to further explore these inherent challenges. Among the questions that need to be explored is how top management teams, employees, consultants (external employees) need to interact to understand the complexities of organizational sustainability, European union ESG requirements, competitive digitalization landscapes and associated business costs.


The recent development around Paris climate agreement, COP 26, EU taxonomy on sustainable finance, EU norms and policies on sustainable development goals and changing role of big financial institutions towards ESG has strongly shifted the market dynamics towards organizational sustainability. However, all organizations are not at the same level and therefore they must learn, share and adapt. This has been further exacerbated by the rapidly changing and dynamically fast technological transformation by digitalization involving AI, IoT, cloud computing and mobile only operational management. To date, the field of knowledge management has not yet explored the specific role, function, position, form, and resource allocation needed to help employees and other stakeholders to navigate the digitalization changes required for organization sustainability, ESG and
sustainable development goals. As a result, numerous gaps remain in our understanding of how effective and innovative knowledge can be generated and managed to enable employees, employers, partners, buyers, and suppliers towards sustainable transformation. For example, what does knowledge management, repository, distribution mean from the perspective of organizational sustainability? What dimensions, characteristics and materiality of knowledge management play a
meaningful role in shaping highly digitalized, innovation and highly sustainable organisations? The theoretical and empirical underpinnings of these complex structures are needed to be studied for better organisational planning and development.


This special issue seeks to improve our theoretical and empirical understanding of these areas. We welcome submissions that address broad areas of knowledge management, innovation, organizational learning, digital development, sustainable development, and transformation of organizations leading towards a more sustainable and humanistic organizations. Authors are also encouraged to examine these areas from multiple positions such as from within organizations, individuals, market and institutional changes and organization responses. Papers that draw on interdisciplinary insights and methodology from management, psychology, social policy, economics, education, and other disciplines are particularly welcome. We welcome qualitative, quantitative, single and multiple case studies, experiments and theoretical articles.

Submissions may focus on, but are not limited to, the following topics:

 

  • What is the level of organizational readiness for working in a digital and sustainable world?

  • What are the different theoretical and empirical methods that could help us understand organizational positioning, learning and transformation in the rapidly changing digital and sustainability-oriented business climate?

  • What are the main challenges and uncertainties are organizations poised to face along with the journey towards a digital and sustainable world?

  • How are organizations managing their innovation and knowledge management practices in the wake of rapidly transforming sustainable and digital practices?

  • What are the contingencies, alliances, collaborations, associations and groups are organizations forming to understand, compete, innovation and withstand the complexities arising from digitalization and sustainability-oriented business practices?

  • How are higher education institutions, human resource development organizations, knowledge management and knowledge development organizations working towards understanding knowledge and innovation within digitalization and sustainable development?

  • What's the role of digital technologies in effectively managing knowledge?

  • How are information systems positioned to support, transform and re-orient future-oriented knowledge management practices within and between organizations?

  • How are sustainable development goals influencing organizational knowledge management practice and goals?

  • How are collaborative practices and sharing of knowledge are influencing organizations’ digitalization goals and sustainability practices within and outside the organizational boundaries?

  • What strategies and how organizations may convince top management teams towards resource allocation and resource deployment in knowledge management practices that should lead towards digitalization and sustainable transformation of organizations?

  • What are the possible organizational design, structures and forms that may lead to higher and better knowledge management ensuring higher digitalization for a better and more sustainable world?

The ItAIS and MCIS 2022, is a joint conference (http://www.itais.org/conference/2022/), the 19th conference co-organized by Italian Chapter of AIS (Association for Information Systems– www.aisnet.org) and the 14th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems. The joint conference will take place at University “Magna Græcia” of Catanzaro, Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza, Economia e Sociologia, on October 14th–15th, 2022, Catanzaro. The overarching theme of the conference is “Acting in the digital society: moving towards a sustainable future.” The following special issue with the journal Knowledge Management Research and Practice on “Managing Knowledge in the Digital Landscape for a Sustainable World” is aligned with the overall theme of the XIX Joint Conference of the Italian Chapter of AIS & The XIV Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems. Scholars presenting complete articles at this conference will have an opportunity to submit their articles at this special issue.


Subject Areas:

  • Digital Sustainability

  • Organizational Knowledge management and sustainable development goals

  • Digital transformation of organization

  • Digitalization of knowledge in organizations

  • Sustainable transformation

  • Innovation and knowledge management within sustainability and digitalization


Submission timeline (tentative)
• Submission deadline: 15 Dec 2022
• First review round by: 15 March 2023
• Second review round by: 15 June 2023
• Final acceptance by: 15 September 2023
• Publication: 2023


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  • Arsawan, I. W. E., Koval, V., Rajiani, I., Rustiarini, N. W., Supartha, W. G., & Suryantini, N. P. S. (2020). Leveraging knowledge sharing and innovation culture into SMEs sustainable competitive advantage. International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management.

  • Quarchioni, S., Paternostro, S., Trovarelli, F. (2020). Knowledge management in higher education: a literature review and further research avenues, Knowledge Management Research & Practice, 1-16.

  • Martins, V. W. B., Rampasso, I. S., Anholon, R., Quelhas, O. L. G., Leal Filho, W. (2019). Knowledge management in the context of sustainability: Literature review and opportunities for future research. Journal of Cleaner Production, 229, 489-500.

  • Ilvonen, I., Thalmann, S., Manhart, M., & Sillaber, C. (2018). Reconciling digital transformation and knowledge protection: A research agenda. Knowledge Management Research & Practice, 16(2), 235-244.

  • Iqbal, A., Latif, F., Marimon, F., Sahibzada, U. F., & Hussain, S. (2018). From knowledge management to organizational performance: Modelling the mediating role of innovation and intellectual capital in higher education. Journal of Enterprise Information Management.

  • Loonam, J., Eaves, S., Kumar, V., & Parry, G. (2018). Towards digital transformation: Lessons learned from traditional organizations. Strategic Change, 27(2), 101-109.

  • Torres, A. I., Ferraz, S. S., Santos-Rodrigues, H. (2018). The impact of knowledge management factors in organizational sustainable competitive advantage. Journal of Intellectual Capital, 19(2), 453-472.

  • Bedford, D. A. D. (2015). The Knowledge Management Information Landscape — Awareness, Access, Use and Value of Sources. Journal of Information & Knowledge Management, 14(2)

  • Mahamed Ismail, N. A., Welch, C., & Xu, M. (2015). Towards a sustainable quality of university research: knowledge sharing. Knowledge Management Research & Practice, 13(2), 168-177.


Profile of Guest Editors:

Dr. Leonardo Caporarello

Leonardo Caporarello is a Professor of Practice of Organizational Behavior in the Leadership, Organization & Human Resources Knowledge Group at SDA Bocconi School of Management, where he also acts as the Deputy Dean for Lifelong Learning. Leonardo is the Delegate Rector for E-Learning and Director of BUILT (Center for Innovation in Learning and Teaching) at Bocconi University. He has been a scientific committee member and organizer of several national and international conferences including Vice President for Education, ItAIS 2019-2020-2021; Track chair of the ECIS 2020; Track chair of the ItAIS, from 2016 to 2020; Program Committee member of the ICAT2E (2017); Vice President for Technology-enhanced Learning, ItAIS, 2014; Digital Communication Chair of the International Conference on Information Systems, 2013; Project Leader of the Global Integrative
Module Project from 2013-2015. He is a reviewer for some major international conferences and journals, e.g. ECIS, ItAIS, ICIS, the Journal of eLearning and Knowledge Society. He is the co/author of some online business simulations, designed with the SDA Bocconi Learning Lab and the BUILT (Bocconi University Innovations in Learning and Teaching). Leonardo has been a Visiting Professor at the Keio University in Tokyo (Japan), Fudan University in Shanghai (China) and a Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University (USA). He earned a Specialization in Leadership and Negotiation, Negotiating International Business Deals from Harvard Law School (Boston, USA); a Ph.D. in Organization and Information Systems from LUISS University (Rome, Italy); a degree in Law and Business Administration, from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy). Leonardo has received the following awards: Top 50 Global Thought Leaders & Influencers on Change Management, 2020; Top 50 Global Thought Leaders & Influencers on EdTech, 2020; Top 100 Leaders in Education, 2019 and 2020, Global Forum for Education and Learning; Rotman School of Management (Canada) “Teaching Award”, 2017 and 2020; SDA Bocconi “Innovation in Teaching Award”, 2017; SDA Bocconi “Excellence in Innovation for Executive Education Custom Programs - Banks, Insurance Companies and Financial Institutions", 2016.

Dr. Rocco Reina
Rocco Reina is Full Professor of Organization Studies and People Management at University of Catanzaro “Magna Græcia”. He has a PHD in Organization, Technology and Development of Human Resources and a MBA’s degree at Stoà Institute - Sloan School of Management - with M.I.T.. He is President of Course Degree in “Organization of Public and Private Administrations” at University of Catanzaro. He is Scientific Director of Master Degree in “People Management and Managerial Tools in Complex Organizations” at UMG. He is Scientific Board Member of Research Centre in “Economics and Service Management” at UMG. He is Academic Board Member of Spin-off “NET4SCIENCE”. Furthermore he is a senior lecturer of the principal public schools of management such as SNA (National School of Administration) and SSAI and in the main Master Courses and Executives Courses
in Italy. Since 2001 onwards: UMG Faculty Advisor for SOCRATES’S project for teaching staff c/o Budapest International Business School (Hungary), University of Banska Bistrika (Slovakia), University of Jaen (Spanish), University of Porto (Portugal). He is Area Coordinator for Management Research in StartUPP-PON Project at Magna Græcia University. He is Research Unit Coordinator for Public Perfomance Management Project with SNA at Magna Græcia University. Since March 2020 he is strongly engaged as Area Leading Coordinator for Research on National Datas regarding Organizational Models adopted by Regional Health Systems during COVID-19 emergency, in partnership with Catholic University of Rome. The analysis has realized until now n°95 National Reports able to depict and confront the different situations present in Regional Health Systems in
Italy, both from epidemiological and organizational point of view. He has been a scientific committee member and organizer of several national and international conferences and workshops including ItAIS, IFKAD, WOA, EGOS, CMS, AIDEA. He is author of about 110 peer-reviewed research products, including national and international articles, book chapters, volumes and conference proceeding.

Dr. Anirudh Agrawal
Anirudh Agrawal is an Associate Professor at O.P. Jindal Global University. He is also an academic consultant for TVARIT Gmbh. He completed his doctoral studies at Copenhagen Business School under Prof. Kai Hockerts within the thematic area of sustainability, strategy, and entrepreneurship. He holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from INSA Lyon and Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College. He has a certificate in strategy and supply chain from HEC Paris. He was associated with Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Bennett University, FLAME University, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, ESIEIB (Spain) and Valeo (Lyon). His teaching interests include corporate strategy, entrepreneurship, CSR, Sustainable management, and social entrepreneurship. To develop his teaching abilities, he has taken courses at Copenhagen Business School, Harvard Business School and FLAME University. His research interests are entrepreneurship, corporate strategy and entrepreneurial finance. He has researched sustainable business & revenue models involving impact investing, social entrepreneurship, and micro-finance. He has published 15 research articles at peer-reviewed journals, peer-reviewed books, and peer-reviewed book chapters. He is currently working on his third book and has multiple research articles in pipelines all related to sustainability, organizational strategy, and future of work. He is also on board
5 startups that are in the growth phase. He helps in their organizational and business development. He has a strong interest in European politics and business and frequently speaks on European matters in the Indian context. He is also an active adviser to developmental agencies like World Bank, ADB and related agencies on topics related to capacity development and cleantech management. He is also a regular speaker on topics related to further of work, entrepreneurship, sustainability and related
policies. He speaks Spanish, French and he is learning German from his children.