Call for papers for a special issue on Knowledge Management for the Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events

1. The guest editors
This special issue will be guest edited by:
Jan Mosedale, Senior Lecturer and Senior Researcher, University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur, Switzerland
Wolfgang Semar, Professor, University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur, Switzerland

2. What is the special issue about?
In today’s information and knowledge society (Castells 2011) the creation of value in enterprise is largely based on the use of knowledge. Due to increasing competition, the factor knowledge has become more relevant, some even referring to knowledge as the fourth production factor (Stewart 2010). The ability to identify, to acquire, to create, to transfer and to apply knowledge within an organisation or on the market in the form of new products and services, thus represent key skills and essential competitive factors. For organisations to remain functional, it is imperative that knowledge is distributed and used freely.
The main bulk of the tourism literature on knowledge has focused on knowledge transfer and the capacity to absorb knowledge (see for instance Shaw & Williams 2009; Baggio & Cooper 2010; Thomas 2012). Although there are some notable exceptions (see for instance Cooper (2006) for a model or Nadkarni (2008) for a case study), the aim of this special issue is to provide a detailed holistic analysis of knowledge management including the use of knowledge (Xiao & Smith 2007).
We therefore invite submissions of both conceptual and empirical papers offering new insights into the broader area of knowledge management in tourism and in public tourism policy in particular. Knowledge in large public administrations can be fragmented, yet it represents an essential part of society’s intellectual capital. Of particular interest are the following expressions of the relationships between knowledge, its management, tourism, public policy and wider society (although other themes/perspectives are also welcome):

  • Culture, diversity and knowledge managemen
  • Knowledge management and public policy
  • Knowledge management and organisational learning and change
  • Inter-organisational knowledge networks and sharing: knowledge cities, – regions and tourism
  • Knowledge management for social change and innovation
  • The role of knowledge in change management
  • Knowledge and strategic management
  • Knowledge and innovation

3. Proposed schedule:
Expression of interest by June 2nd 2016:

  • 300-500 Words outlining the main argument of the proposed paper.
  • Submission deadline: November 15, 2016
  • Papers reviewed: February 28, 2017
  • Revised papers reviewed and accepted: April 30, 2017
  • Final versions of accepted papers delivered: June 30, 2017
  • All manuscripts will be double-blind reviewed
  • Please read the publication style guidelines before submitting your paper
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  • If you have any question about the special issue or your intended submission, please contact Jan Mosedale.
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4. References:
Baggio, R., & Cooper, C. (2010). Knowledge transfer in a tourism destination: the effects of a network structure. The Service Industries Journal, 30(10), 1757-1771.

Castells, M. (2011). The rise of the network society: The information age: Economy, society, and culture (Vol. 1). John Wiley & Sons.

Cooper, C. (2006). Knowledge management and tourism. Annals of tourism research, 33(1), 47-64.

Nadkarni, S. (2008). Knowledge creation, retention, exchange, devolution, interpretation and treatment (K-CREDIT) as an economic growth driver in pro-poor tourism. Current Issues in Tourism, 11(5), 456-472.

Shaw, G., & Williams, A. (2009). Knowledge transfer and management in tourism organisations: An emerging research agenda. Tourism Management, 30(3), 325-335.

Stewart, T.A. (2010). Intellectual Capital: The new wealth of organization. Crown Publishing.

Thomas, R. (2012). Business elites, universities and knowledge transfer in tourism. Tourism Management, 33(3), 553-561.

Xiao, H., & Smith, S. L. (2007). The use of tourism knowledge: Research propositions. Annals of Tourism Research, 34(2), 310-331.

Dr. Jan Mosedale
Senior Researcher and Senior Lecturer
Director of Studies (MSc Business Administration Major Tourism)
Institute for Tourism and Leisure Research ITF
University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur
Comercialstrasse 22
CH-7000 Chur

Wolfgang Semar
Professor Network Knowledge Management
Swiss Institute for Information Science
University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur
Pulvermühlstrasse 57
CH-7000 Chur