IKMAP Call for Papers

Academic Conference Call for Papers
  • Academic Papers
  • Case Studies
  • Work in-Progress Papers
  • Round Table Discussion Proposals
  • PhD Papers
  • Posters
  • Non- Academic or Practitioner Contributions

Innovation and Knowledge Management in Society

This year’s conference explores how knowledge management (KM) can reach beyond organisational boundaries to help solve the ‘wicked’ problems facing society today. According to the United Nations, “eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development”.  However, KM mainly focuses on solving ‘tame’ organisational problems, rather than addressing “wicked” social problems. Arguably, KM was not designed to solve wicked problems. However, a rethinking of KM is needed to ensure that we do not continue to improve organisational performance that enriches companies at the expense of society.

For example, the Greater Bay Area (GBA) of China is a precinct that proposes to bring together Hong Kong, Macao, and nine municipalities in the Guangdong Province. Once fully implemented, the area will boast a combined population of 71 million people over 56,000 square kilometres with a GDP of over US$1.6 trillion. The GBA is rapidly becoming a megacity within China. Set to be a new Tokyo or San Francisco Bay, by 2035 the Chinese government aims to transform the GBA region into a megacity cluster and global economic powerhouse driven by innovation, science, and high technology. In the past couple of decades, urbanisation has seen China transform from a country whose people mainly lived off the land to one that is now home to the world’s largest number of city dwellers. The population of the GBA outnumbers the entire UK, is twice that of Canada, and three times that of Australia.

Megacities will require more energy, land, services, industry, transport, buildings, food, and water. And they will generate enormous amounts of waste and carbon emissions because of their growing population and economy. Therefore, we have the grand challenge of understanding how knowledge can be harnessed and managed for the benefits of the inhabitants of megacities and wider society. Therefore, there is an urgent need for government, business, and academics to work together within knowledge networks to understand the unintended consequences if plans and actions are not undertaken systematically, especially on the scale we are talking about in Megacities like the Greater Bay Area

An updated survey of "top science and technology clusters" around the world, adding scientific publishing to international patent applications to highlight areas of particularly intensive innovative activity. The areas around Tokyo-Yokohama and Shenzhen-Hong Kong lead the list. Additionally, we need an expanded look at economies that innovate efficiently - translating investments in education, research and R&D expenditures into high-quality innovation outputs. Leaders are Switzerland, Luxembourg, China, the Netherlands, Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Malta, Hungary, Germany, and Sweden.

The proposed shift now is one of understanding KM from multiple perspectives: such as innovation from internal, regional, national, and societal. The topics that fall under a discussion KM IC and megacities now include ageing, health and safety, customer safety, and pollution. A full understanding will require that we must advance KM research beyond KM within organisations and developing new Communities of Practice that extend beyond organisational boundaries that include a multitude of relevant stakeholders for both internal management purposes and external accountability.  Therefore, topics such as smart cities, collective social  knowledge and the circular economy become relevant to KM research.

This international conference, started in 2004 (KMAP), has now been renamed as “International Conference on Innovation and Knowledge Management in Asia Pacific (IKMAP)” to include the important element of “innovation management”. The conference has been held in different cities before including Hong Kong, Taipei, Bangkok, Kobe of Japan, Wellington of New Zealand as well as Guangzhou, Xian and Shanghai of China.

The conference aims to:

  • provide a cross-cultural platform for the Knowledge Management practitioners and academics in Asia to network with their counterparts in the West and vice versa;
  • discuss the topics of mutual interests and navigate together the next generation of Knowledge and Innovation Management;
  • enhance international networking and collaborations.

Who should join?

We welcome all of you who are interested in KM, Intellectual Capital Management, Innovation Management and Organizational Learning to join our conference.

You can present at the conference or just become an audience without presentation.

  • participants who only join the conference without verbal presentations;
  • presenters with accepted abstract; or
  • presenters with full paper submission.

Key Topics:

  • smart cities
  • collective social knowledge
  • circular economy become relevant to KM research
  • Intellectual Capital
  • Communities of practice beyond organisational boundaries
  • Knowledge networks for megacities
  • Innovation management

Please click here to submit an abstract

Mini Tracks

  • Changing Nature of Knowledge Work with Disrupting Technologies

For more information on, or to submit to, a Mini Track, please click here

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline13 May 2020
Notification of abstract acceptance22 May 2020
Full paper due for review2 July 2020
Notification of paper acceptance (with any requested changes)10 September 2020
Earlybird registration closes24 September 2020
Final paper due (with any changes)8 October 2020
Final Author registration date29 October 2020