Call for Chapters: Impacts of the Knowledge Society on Economic and Social Growth in Africa

Deadline: February 28, 2013
Open to: Writers and researchers interested in knowledge society and its relationship to Africa’s development
Benefits: Publication in a respected book targeted to worldwide audience


An emergent Africa is beginning to attract the attention of the globe as economies on the continent show robust and consistent growth. Africa is increasingly being considered as the last frontier for any large-scale phenomenal socio-economic transformation. Questions remain, however, on the best approaches that will allow Africa to attain her vaunted development potential and quickly. In a world that is essentially digitized, some have argued that the idea of the knowledge society holds the greatest promise for Africa’s socio-economic transformation in record time. Is this view a realizable and realistic one given the examples of Asian countries like Japan, Korea, Singapore, and China? Are the impacts of the knowledge society beginning to be felt in Africa? In practical terms, what does this mean for African countries that are seriously considering and actually pursuing such an option? Given that there are clear and unmistakable signs of a digitizing Africa, the knowledge society as an idea and reality needs serious scrutiny.

Objectives of the book

The central objective of this book is to catalyze thinking and provide relevant information on the complex ways in which the information age is shaping Africa and the implications that this will have for the continent and the world. The book seeks therefore to be the foremost reference source for the latest cutting edge theoretical and empirical research on Africa’s informationalization. For those seeking deeper insights into the emergent frontiers of Africa’s development, this work should also prove very useful.

Target Audience

The book aims to be useful for research and teaching, especially serving as a top notch advanced reference material at the tertiary level of education. Targeted readership encompasses policy analysts, policymakers, academics, and researchers for whom the book will offer insights into the key empirical and theoretical matters framing Africa’s ongoing digitization.

Recommended Topics

The themes for chapters will revolve around, but not be limited to, the following as they relate to Africa:

  • Critical reflections on the very idea of the knowledge society and its relationship to Africa’s development
  • ICTs and the business environment
  • E-governance, M-governance and L-governance
  • ICTs and education
  • ICTs and the creative industries
  • ICTs and the media/new media
  • Culture, tourism, and technology
  • ICTs and agriculture, the environment, and the green economy
  • Constructing a knowledge society–Global experiences
  • Artificial intelligence and robotics
  • Nanotechnology Applications

Submission Procedure

Researchers, academics and practitioners are invited to submit on or before February 28, 2013, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly outlining the central concerns of their proposed chapter and in particular the methodological approaches and whether or not the work in question will be broadly empirical and/ or theoretical. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by March 10, 2013 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by June 30, 2013. All submitted chapters will be subjected to double-blind review process. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Key dates

February 28, 2013: Proposal Submission Deadline
March 10, 2013: Notification of Acceptance
June 30, 2013: Full Chapter Submission
August 20, 2013: Review Results Returned
October 30, 2013: Final Chapter Submission


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit this website. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2014.

Contact address for inquiries and submissions

Lloyd G. Adu Amoah, Ph.D.
Business Administration/Arts and Sciences
Ashesi University
1 University Avenue, Berekuso, E/R
PMB CT3 Cantonments
Accra, Ghana
Cell:    +00233201753565
Office: +00233-302-610330 ext 1041

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