Special Interest Groups

SIG 1: High-growth SMEs: Technological versus Non-technological Firms

SIG Chair: Prof. Léo Paul DANA, Montpellier Business School & Jean-Michel SAHUT, IDRAC Business School

The research papers about start ups and SMEs have multiplied their efforts to determine what the drivers of growth are in these companies, however, the different circumstances which take place in the different markets and technologies, and the wide range of organizational and strategic possibilities of management, make further extensions of the research desirable without which “our ability to assist firms in providing strategic and managerial development” is weakened (Wright, et al., 2015: 4). We know that in the start ups and the SMEs’ focus on high growth, the transition from a personalist and informal management style to a more planned style will facilitate this trajectory (Dávila et al., 2010); the support and the collaboration with the external networks is essential in the founding stages of the company and in the first years of their activity. Moreover, when the growth becomes more important, the internal networks increase their relevance (Littunen and Niittykangas, 2010); likewise, we know that the learning capacity of the organization (Altinay, et al., 2016), the experience of the executives and the company's team management (Friar y Meyer, 2003), as well as the complementary nature of knowledge (Henrekson y Johansson, 2008), have a positive relation with growth. However, it is necessary to enhance what we know about this phenomenon and about other elements that have not been adequately approached. Moreover, the dynamic and growth factors of technological firms are different from non-technological firms. A better understanding of these two categories of enterprises is also a major issue for entrepreneurs and policy makers. 

Contact the chairman to submit your paper to this SIG: jmsahut at gmail.com


SIG 2 : Digital Innovations: Impacts on Marketing, Value Chain and Business Models

SIG Chair: Dr. Damien CHANEY, Groupe ESC Troyes in Champagne & Dr. Margot RACAT, EDHEC Business School

The digital innovation literature suffers from two major shortcomings: (i) from a theoretical standpoint, the marketing, value chain and business models impacts of digital innovations are still largely analyzed through theories and concepts developed before the digital revolution from a managerial standpoint, Lamberton and Stephen (2015) identify several points of disconnect between practice and academia. Hence, we invite contributions that will help to better understand, analyze, and theorize how digital innovations emerge, create value, improve the customer experience, go to market, are adopted by customers and affect the value chain.

Contact the chairman or chaiwoman to submit your paper to this SIG: damien.chaney@get-mail.fr  , margot.racat@edhec.edu  


SIG 3: Digital Innovation and Family Firm

SIG Chair: Prof. Gérard HIRIGOYEN, Professor Emerita, University of Bordeaux 4

The sustainability of the family business lies on its ability to transform and innovate through time and environment evolutions. Taking into account that the digital innovation is crucial for the family business specialy in terms of opportunities and threats created, this innovation can also deeply change their business model. Despite this fact, many elements specific to these companies would plead for an easy integration of the digital challenge.
Thus, several questions are raised, among which we can select the following issues; Is the digital innovation have an impact on the family governance modelIs the time conception of the family business compatible with the digital innovation imperatives ? What's the impact of digital innovation on family business performance? How the family firm manager is facing the digital innovation? How to drive the change induced by digital innovation within family gouvernance; Older versus younger generation? And finally, how about changes in the family network culture within a digital innovation process?

Contact the chairman to submit your paper to this SIG: gerard.hirigoyen@u-bordeaux.fr


SIG 4: Cryptofinance and Mechanism of Exchange

SIG Chair: Dr. Stéphane GOUTTE, University of Paris 8  & Dr. Khaled GUESMI, IPAG Business School

The rapid advancement in encryption and network computing gave birth to new tools and products that have influenced the local and global economy alike. One recent and notable example is the emergence of virtual currencies, also known as cryptocurrencies or digital currencies. Virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin, introduced a fundamental transformation that affected the way goods, services, and assets are exchanged. As a result of its distributed ledgers based on blockchain, cryptocurrencies not only offer some unique advantages to the economy, investors, and consumers, but also pose considerable risks to users and challenges for regulators when fitting the new technology into the old legal framework. The core of this proposed book is to present and discuss the evidence on financial asset capabilities of virtual currencies, with more emphasis on Bitcoin. Bitcoin for example may be useful in risk management and ideal for risk-averse investors in anticipation of negative shocks to the market. Virtual currencies are experiencing an increasing popularity in the financial markets and in portfolio management as can be classified as financial asset or commodities on a scale from pure medium of exchange advantages to pure store of value advantages.

Contact the chairmen to submit your paper to this SIG: stephane.goutte@univ-paris8.fr and khaled.guesmi@ipag.fr

Publication opportunity: "Handbook: Cryptofinance and Mechanism of Exchange" - published by Springer



SIG 5: AssurTech

SIG Chair: Dr. Ilaria DALLA POZZA, IPAG Business School

Contact the chairwoman to submit your paper to this SIG: ilaria.dallapozza@ipag.fr  


SIG 6: Digital Innovation and Tourism

SIG Chair: Dr. Emmanuel FRAGNIERE, Tourism Institute, HES-SO Valais-Wallis

Tourism is certainly one of the economic sectors that has been the most exposed to digitization over the last decade. Let us just mention companies like Easyjet, Ryanair, AirBnB and Uber that have contributed to a new form of tourism called e-tourism. Electronic tourism means that all touchpoints of the Customer Journey (CJ) are handled through global digitized platforms.  The change has been so sudden and disruptive that “traditional” tourism is struggling to adapt to this new tourism paradigm. The aim of this track is to discuss about this rapid evolution of e-tourism to understand it and to anticipate new trends and innovation potentials. We are interested in any kinds of approaches (theoretical, empirical as well as practitioner-oriented) to improve the general knowledge in digital innovation for tourism

Contact the chairman to submit your paper to this SIG: emmanuel.fragniere@hevs.ch


SIG 7: Ethical Sustainability of Digital Maturity 

SIG Chair: Dr. Fabio James PETANI, and Dr. Ishraf ZAOUI, INSEEC Business School, Chaire Digital, Innovation et IA 

Discourse on digital maturity, better appreciated processually as a transformation or maturing at several levels of the organization, is often associated with the adjective sustainable. Sustainability of gradual transformation or radical disruption of new digital business ecosystems requires a broader appreciation of the term sustainable, compared to its meaning in the strategy literature, such as « sustainable competitive advantage ». The economic transformation of networked markets (Parker, Van Alstyne & Choudary, 2016), with the emergence of machines, platforms and crowds  rebalancing a division of labour, respectively with minds, products and core competences and capabilities (McAfee & Brynjolfsson, 2017), raises new ethical challenges for business firms and society. What are the values that should underlie digital innovative practices linked to business practices and processes linked to emerging technologies (e.g. artificial intelligence, big data analytics, blockchain, etc.) across functions and tasks (e-HRM, e-invoicing, CSR, etc.) ? Who, if anyone, and how should regulate digital innovation ? How to understand and define a specific digital ethics and sustainability?

Contact the chairman to submit your paper to this SIG: fjpetani@inseec.com


SIG 8: Open innovation, Crowd and Big data

SIG Chair: Dr. Anne-Laure BONCORI, INSEEC Business School

After Chesbrough’s revolutionary 2003 book, open innovation has become one of the hottest topics in managerial and academic literature on innovation (Huizingh 2011). Open innovation is a concept that refers to cooperative creation of ideas and applications outside of the boundaries of any single firm (Gassmann and Enkel 2004).  In his article, "Open Innovation: state of the art and future perspectives", Huizingh (2011) states that understanding openness is based on the study of practices that are linked to the question of "how to do it question". One way is to examine the role of crowd. Indeed, whereas firms rely primarily upon their suppliers and their suppliers' suppliers for new innovations, crowdsourcing is also crucial to shift towards more open innovation. Thus, the aim of this track is to discuss the links between open innovation, crowd (via crowdsourcing and crowdfunding), producers and consumers (consumers as co-producers). The interactions between these different elements and agents may be reinforced (or challenged) by making use of (big) data. Therefore, this track also welcomes papers that explore the influence of big data and analytics on innovation, management and diffusion of new practices within or outside organizations. 

Contact the chairwoman to submit your paper to this SIG: alboncori@inseec.com


SIG 9: E-Finance (New Digital Financial Services) 

SIG Chair: Dr. Jean MOUSSAVOU, Brest Business School

The alliance between finance and digital technology has led to the emergence of new actors in the field of financial intermediation. These new entrants seek to provide solutions tailored to needs that are little or badly served by traditional actors while reinventing new distribution patterns, new customer behaviors and new business models. The aim of this track is to discuss about this new emergent ecosystem, revitalized by the efforts of the innovators and the entrepreneurs, in its potential of radical transformation of the banking and financial industry. The analysis should contribute to the understanding of the new business models and the digitization processes of the service offering in this industry.

Contact the chairman to submit your paper to this SIG: jean.moussavou@brest-bs.com 


SIG 10: Transitions numériques de la comptabilité, du contrôle et de l'audit

Ce SIG (en français) réunira des universitaires ainsi que des praticiens autour de présentations d’articles et d’une table ronde sur le thème « La digitalisation et le métier de l’auditeur ».

Président du SIG : Dr.  Riadh MANITA, NEOMA Business School

Contactez le président pour soumettre votre article à ce SIG: Riadh.MANITA@neoma-bs.fr 


SIG 11:  e-learning, e-education and e-pedagogy

SIG Chair: Dr. Xavier PARISOT, IKI-SEA, Bangkok University

Both academic and empirical explorations to move beyond the weaknesses of the teacher-centered (TCM) and the student-centered models (LCM) have been on the increase for the past 40 years (Reeb-Gruber et al., 2011; Parisot et al., 2018). This trend has been reinforced by the rise of online learning methods which, in fact, do not meet the prerequisites of either of these two models.Therefore, e-education using e-learning tools (MOOCs, SPOCs, Serious Games, Online Communities, Adaptive Systems…) has involved the development of brand new e-pedagogies. Whether purely online or blended, these pedagogies explore various new approaches to deliver knowledge, empower soft skills, develop competences… However, they often tend to only transpose the TCM or LCM perspectives online and then express the same limitations. Moreover, Baldiņš (2016) report that they also lake of adapted e-didactics (framework, process, methods, resources, assessment…).

With the increasing importance of the knowledge-based economy, the question of e-learning pedagogies effectiveness has yet become a central issue. How to ensure the regular alignment of the e-content with the fast evolving needs of businesses? How to design e-pedagogies to follow specific digital environment and the social behavior of their participants? Do the e-pedagogies allow the appropriate personality development?

Contact the chairman to submit your paper to this SIG: xavier.p@bu.ac.th


SIG 12:  E-economic, ICT Intelligence managing strategy & Tax Burden Analysis 

SIG Chair: Dr. Mohsen Bahmi, FEM. S University, Prof. Sally Wallace, Assoc. Dean Georgia State USA., & , Prof. Sonia G-Zouari, ISAAS.   

Interested contributors kindly submit preferably full papers (English/ French), in the following areas (both theoretical & empirical): e-Commerce Economics, Digital Industrial Economics, Corporate Resource Planning, Data Analysis, Virtual Organisations, Business Intelligence strategy, ICT SME performance, Neural Networks, Multi-agent Systems, Data Mining, behavior Analysis, Tax Burden Analysis, and Distributional Effects of Taxation in e-Economy.

Contact the chairman to submit your paper to this SIG: brahmi.mohsen@gmail.com , swallace@gsu.edu


 Publication opportunity: Special issues of International Journal of Public Sector Performance Management, & International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation (Inderscience Publishers)




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