Contemporary Social Science call for papers: Building Knowledge Economies in Africa


Themed Issue of Contemporary Social Science

Building Knowledge Economies in Africa

Knowledge has emerged as a key driver of economic growth and development,  helping to find new solutions to developmental problems and raising the efficiency and effectiveness of economic activities. This awareness has encouraged the World Bank to develop a Knowledge Economy Framework that helps evaluate the quality, adaptation and use of knowledge in an economy in order to improve its  competitiveness.

Recent evidence suggests that Africa is on the threshold of significant and sustainable economic growth if its human and material resources can be effectively mobilised to support the process. Consequently,  the World Bank’s Knowledge Economy Framework  is being developed the explore and support the extent  to which current policies in African countries impact the knowledge development process (and thereby competitiveness) on the continent.

This themed issue therefore invites papers that focus on, but are  not limited to the four dimensions of the World Bank’s Knowledge Economy Index, namely: information and communication technology, education, economic incentives and institutional regime, and innovation. It seeks high quality contributions that study the  drive towards knowledge-based economies.  We welcome original articles, based on sound empirical data, whether  quantitative or qualitative, case studies, or carefully argued critical reviews, dealing with aspects of the knowledge economy. Where possible, the policy implications of the results of studies should be outlined.

Manuscripts should follow the usual instructions for electronic submission of papers to  Contemporary Social Science. Authors should indicate that they wish the manuscript to be reviewed for inclusion in the themed issue. The Editors of this issue would be happy to review plans for papers in advance of their receipt. All papers will be peer reviewed. The closing date for submitting papers is 30th September 2017. The corresponding Guest Editors for this issue are:

Prof. John Kuada

Department of Business and Management,

Aalborg University, Denmark.

E-mail: [email protected]

Dr.  Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute,

P.O. Box, 8413, Yaoundé, Cameroon.

E-mail: [email protected] / [email protected]

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