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Special Issue on Forging Partnerships in the Knowledge Ecosystem to serve Competitive Intelligence in 2016

Guest editors: Prof. Martie Mearns, University of Johannesburg (South Africa) and Ms Andrea Potgieter, University of Johannesburg (South Africa).

Aim and Scope

The intelligence-producing knowledge ecosystem is an active, dynamic environment that values quality, efficiency and effectiveness while promoting a culture of organisational learning; it is also an open system that is shaped by exogenous forces. Internal leadership decisions guide the growth of the knowledge ecosystem as it adapts according to external forces. These leadership decisions are based on the collective knowledge within the ecosystem regarding its ability to compete in the current and future business environment.

Knowledge ecosystems foster interactions between entities within complex adaptive systems, which improve decision-making and innovation through networks of collaboration. An example of such a complex adaptive system is the competitive environment within which contemporary enterprises operate. Within this context, a multidisciplinary approach should be applied when identifying actionable intelligence from the abundance of available information used to support efficient decision making. By refining inputs, throughputs and outputs, knowledge ecosystems cultivate open exchange relationships that in turn sustain interlinked knowledge resources, databases, experts, and artificial knowledge agents, which collectively provide the multidisciplinary view that is required for resourceful decision making.

The editors of this special edition invite contributions focused on how knowledge ecosystems can best serve the competitive intelligence (CI) community in gathering intelligence for actionable insights. Contributions should showcase recent trends and research that clarifies the requirements and demands from the CI community, or that reflects contributions that knowledge ecosystems are making towards fostering effective CI results.

This special issue aims to stimulate new research in the knowledge ecosystem which serves CI by providing a forum for authors to report on new advances and findings on how knowledge ecosystems can support the role and function of CI. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Assessing and sustaining competitive advantage
  • Building cross-functional CI teams and networks
  • Competitive insights and strategic foresight
  • CI as an important contributor to the knowledge base of an organisation
  • CI organisational models
  • Competitive strategies for enhanced decision making
  • How technology is revolutionising CI in organisations 
  • Staffing a world-class CI unit
  • The newly established CI/business intelligence function in organisations
  • Web 2.0 and human intelligence for rapid intelligence and decision making
  • Knowledge discovery
  • Knowledge management and innovation to aid CI
  • Strategic organisational knowledge and intelligence
  • Strategic intelligence in the knowledge economy
  • Strategy, innovation and growth
  • Thinking strategically from intelligence to decision making
  • Creative and critical thinking for advanced strategic performance
  • Creativity management and innovation culture

Submission of manuscripts

If you intend to contribute to this special issue, please send the title and abstract of your contribution to the guest editors.

Authors should prepare their manuscript according to the Guide for Authors available at

All papers will be peer-reviewed following the South African Journal of Information Management procedures. Authors must submit their papers electronically using online manuscript submission at

To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly included in the special issue, it is important that authors select "SI:Knowledge Ecosystem & Competitive Intelligence" when they reach the "Article Type" step in the submission process.

For technical questions regarding the submission website, please contact the support office at AOSIS Publishing or the guest editors.

Guest Editors

Prof. Martie Mearns Ms Andrea Potgieter
University of Johannesburg, South Africa



Phone: +27 11 559 4700

University of Johannesburg, South Africa



Phone: +27 11 559 4419

ISSN: 2078-1865 (print) | ISSN: 1560-683X (online)

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