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Appel à contributions

Dossier to be published in No. 102 – 2nd Q. 2016

Innovation systems in the mobile industry

Eds: Anders HENTEN (Aalborg University, Denmark),
Denis LESCOP (Virginia Tech, USA)
& Frédéric PUJOL (IDATE, Montpellier, France)

While Europe was clearly leading the international trail in the second generation of mobile communications based on the joint European commitment to the GSM standard, Europe has since then fallen behind – first with Japan in the lead with the i-mode system and the development of 3G and later to the US with the iPhone and Android. Lately, 5G is under development, and China is forging ahead, first and foremost with Huawei in a leading position.

This call for papers is looking for analytical contributions from academia as well as industry, focusing on innovation system and other holistically oriented approaches, analyzing the development of mobile systems internationally, including ecosystem approaches. The emphasis is clearly on the supply side, while demand side aspects can be important in relation to developments of national and regional innovation systems.

During the past decade, the importance of the convergence of the telecoms area, IT and the media has become increasingly visible. While mobile communications formerly was the purview of the telecoms industry, companies and technologies coming out of the IT area have become more and more central to mobile communications. The entry of Apple with its iPhone, iOS and App Store and of Google and the Android operating system has dramatically changed the mode of functioning of the mobile area in terms of business models and ecosystems. The so-called app economy has grown tremendously and has contributed to creating a high number of new jobs and companies.

The telecom companies are increasingly realizing that they have to develop their business models in order to maintain a central position in the industry and to prevent their mobile revenues from continuously decreasing. Over The Top players deliver and are developing services that substitute for services traditionally offered by telecom operators. Furthermore, new service areas, for instance related to smart homes and cities and new business applications, will constitute new possibilities for mobile operators as well as other players from the various parts if the ICT industry.

The specific focus of papers can be on the app economy and the importance of the IT area and internet for the development of mobile communications. It can also be on the transition from one generation of mobile communications to the next, seen from an innovation system point of view. The development of 5G is a case in point and papers on the different aspects of 5G developments including the role of standardization and the geo-industrial aspects are welcome. The role of Intellectual Property Rights holds a central position in this context. Spectrum management also plays an important role for the development of mobile communications as do policies and regulations concerning mobile communications in general.

Analytical papers with overviews of developments as well as papers focusing on more specific aspects of developments within the mobile area are welcome.

Questions touched upon by the special edition include:
• Are profitable 5G business models likely to emerge for vertical sectors?
• Which new players could emerge in the coming years? What could be the role of IT players?
• Which evolutions of the mobile value chain from 1G to 5G?
• Essential IPRs: who will win?
• Could 3GPP's dominance be challenged by IEEE for 5G standardisation?.

Please send submissions (in the form of full papers)
by 15th March 2016 to: 


Submission of papers

All papers submitted for publication will be reviewed by at least two referees/experts using the "double blind" system.
Proposals must be submitted in Word format (.doc) and should not exceed 6,500 words – including the abstract and references.
As far as possible, the publisher recommends that you insert some illustrations (tables, diagrams) in the paper, in order to facilitate the general comprehension.
Please ensure that they are readable in grey scale, and that they are of high-definition, in order to guarantee the printing quality.
Bibliographical references should be included at the end of the article. Should these references appear in the text, please indicate the author's name and the year of publication in brackets.

Extra papers

Our DigiWorld Economic Journal also welcomes submissions for extra papers - off dossier - that typically cover innovative issues in the sector of the telecoms, internet and new media. If your paper is selected by the Editiorial committee, it will be submitted to the double-blind review process.
On the other hand, should you wish to propose a short paper (1500 to 3000 words maximum) for the "Features" rubric, offering factual analyses of recent developments in the fields of regulation and competition, firms and markets, technical innovations, public policies and use logics, please contact Sophie NIGON.
Book reviews are also very welcome should they are in connection with our usual thematics.



Sophie NIGON
DigiWorld Economic Journal - C&S
Managing Editor
P: +33 (0)467 144 416
F: +33 (0)467 144 400
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