Special Issue "Decision-Making: Processes and Perspectives"

A special issue of Knowledge (ISSN 2673-9585).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 1789

Special Issue Editors

School of Economics, University of Algarve, Estr. da Penha, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal
Interests: entrepreneurship an venture capital; entrepreneurship education; decision-making processes; public policies; implementation; management; strategy; administration; evidence-based policy-making; policy-making
CinTurs—Research Centre for Tourism, Sustainability and Well-Being, Faculty of Economics, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal
Interests: management; tourism management; entrepreneurship; economics; decision-making; strategy and organizational behavior; knowledge networks; qualitative social research; quantitative social research; social theory; sustainability; governance; SMEs
Faculty of Economics, University of Algarve, and Center for Advanced Studies in Management and Economics (CEFAGE), University of Évora, Évora, Portugal
Interests: finance; corporate finance; financial analysis; investment; financial management; financial statement analysis; capital structure; behavioral finance; asset pricing; financial markets; financial economics; quantitative finance

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to announce the opening of a new Special Issue of Knowledge devoted to all issues related to decision making and decision-making processes. Today’s world and society are characterized by an ever-accelerating pace of change and volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA). Economic, geopolitical, managerial, environmental, and societal paradigms are shifting. Thus, methodologies and tools to understand and systematize phenomena and institutional/corporate/governmental decision making should innovate, diversify through interdisciplinarity, and encompass the complexity we are presented with. Indeed, new research is needed for the current context—especially now that practice-based theory development and dialogue between research, policy making and decision making are more facilitated than ever.

The grand challenges of the 21st century concerning sustainability, health, security, and prosperity are being addressed at different institutional levels. However, old questions about decision making and public policy/administration persist in the same way that the VUCA environment and its ramifications throughout societies and economies need to be further studied. This Special Issue welcomes original papers covering a wide range of perspectives on topics related to decision making and the understanding of its processes, dynamics and structures. The main goals are to bring to the fore new ways of systematizing decision making, learn lessons from case studies, revisit and update theoretical frameworks, and learn more about the processes of making individual or collective choices.

The following are some of the topics proposed for this Special Issue (not an exhaustive list):

  • Knowledge and decision-making processes;
  • Analytic frameworks that support and help to understand decision-making processes in corporate, social, political and administrative contexts;
  • The influence of logic, mathematical models and incremental approaches in decision-making processes;
  • The impact of decision making on the achievement of ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) factors;
  • Green, digital, and sustainable development and decision-making processes;
  • Systemic limitations and decision-making processes;
  • The influence of institutional context (as well as the specific institutions in those ecosystems) in decision-making processes;
  • New insights into historical decision-making processes;
  • New insights into seminal decision-making frameworks, taking into account the VUCA paradigm.

We hope you will contribute your high-quality research, and look forward to reading your valuable results.

Dr. Francisco Banha
Dr. Adão Flores
Dr. Luís Serra Coelho
Guest Editors

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  • decision-making processes
  • knowledge
  • VUCA
  • practice-based theory development
  • public policies and administration

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Technology Transfer Offices and Their Role with Information Mechanisms for Innovation Performance in Firms: The Case of Ghana
Knowledge 2022, 2(4), 719-734; https://doi.org/10.3390/knowledge2040041 - 12 Dec 2022
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Research into formal and informal technology transfer between universities and industry in economical developed counties is well-documented. However, such studies are limited in number in developing economies. In the context of developing economies, this study analyses technology transfer offices’ role in university technology [...] Read more.
Research into formal and informal technology transfer between universities and industry in economical developed counties is well-documented. However, such studies are limited in number in developing economies. In the context of developing economies, this study analyses technology transfer offices’ role in university technology transfer to Ghanaian firms. We incorporate informal mechanisms as a moderating variable to explore the role of human interaction in the technology transfer value chain. In a cross-sectional survey in Ghana, using structural equation modelling with 245 firms, our research finds a negative moderating effect of informal mechanisms on the effect of technology transfer offices on innovation performance in firms. The findings are of significance to universities and corporate bodies in economically developing nations such as Ghana. Policies to improve the effect of informal mechanisms of university technology transfer offices are proposed in developing economies. Full article
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