March 26, 2020

2020 ACIEK Conference in June-Virtually

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the academic community in multiple ways, with canceled in-person events and even classes. We are also aware of our responsibility in taking precautionary measures to ensure the safety of our participants by replacing physical meetings with telecommunications as much as possible. A virtual ACIEK Conference is the best solution.

We have unanimously decided to make ACIEK 2020-Madrid the first ever virtual ACIEK Conference. Given the international situation, we have no option but to adapt, so we have decided to make the conference a fully web-based event.

To achieve the stated objectives, we will provide the means for all authors to present their papers and attend the other presentations in the technical program. The same strategy will be used for the keynote speeches and the presentations by editors on how to publish in their journals. 

All presentations and papers will have the same chances of being published in the affiliated journals of the 2020 Conference in this virtual format as they had in previous in-person ACIEK Conferences. You will receive feedback and review comments in July/August after the 2020 ACIEK Conference.

Our priority must now be everyone’s safety. It is therefore with great sadness that we must postpone our regular in-person ACIEK Conferences until the Paris ACIEK Conference in June 2021. We are confident that this situation will be resolved as soon as possible, and we will once again be pleased to welcome you in person in Paris.

We offer you and your colleagues our full support during this unique situation and these uncertain times. We will remain at your side to support you in whatever you need.

January 10, 2020


How Can Marketing Expertise Be Applied to Stop Crime Against Wildlife?

Rhinoceros horn is worth its weight in gold due to misguided beliefs and widely perpetrated myths about alleged—but proven to be non-existent—medicinal properties. Elephants are ruthlessly slaughtered for their ivory tusks, and tigers are at the brink of extinction due to a widely illegal trade in their various body parts. While marketers have traditionally been called upon to use their methods and magic to increase public demand and/or consumption of particular goods, there is literally a life-or-death imperative for marketers to devise ways to decrease and eradicate public demand and/or consumption of sundry gray or black market goods derived as a result of crimes against wildlife. Government action such as the establishment of wildlife preserves, and the funding of armed, anti-poaching task forces, while useful, may only serve to increase consumer demand by making products of wildlife crime scarcer, and hence, more valuable. This Special Issue will focus on the too-long-neglected question posed in the title of this Special Issue as it applies to all wildlife and to all wildlife crime.

Manuscripts of all types pertaining to all varieties of wildlife and wildlife crime across the globe will be considered for inclusion in this Special Issue by the Executive Editor and the Editor-in-Chief of this Journal, Rajan Nataraajan and Ronald Jay Cohen respectively.

To submit a manuscript, please follow the manuscript submission guidelines as detailed under “Instructions to Authors” on the Wiley Psychology & Marketing website ( Address your cover letter to Richard Harnish (, Psychology & Marketing Special Issues Editor, and note in your cover letter that your manuscript is being submitted for consideration for publication in the “Stop Wildlife Crime” Special Issue. The deadline for submitting manuscripts for this Special Issue is May 30, 2020.

 July 17, 2019

We have an important announcement concerning our organization´s name. To effectively represent our mission and future, we have changed the word ‘Academy’ at the beginning of the organization’s name.

With immediate effect, we are moving from “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Knowledge Academy” to “ACIEK”. We believe this move will better represent our strategic activities. The 2020 conference in Madrid will hence be entitled Academy of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Knowledge (ACIEK) 2020 conference.

We hope you will join us in celebrating our new identity.

 July 1, 2019

José L. Gascó, Full Professor in Management at University of Alicante, has been chosen for second time as Head of the IUIT (Instituto Universitario de Investigaciones Turísticas – University Research Turism Institute) at the same University.

University of Alicante has a strong tradition in Turism research and has been classified in the 39 position in the Shangai Ranking among all the Universities of the world in the area of Hospitality and Tourism Management

In the pictures Professor Gascó with the President of University of Alicante, profesor Manuel Palomar.


January 19, 2019

aciek-Board member Prof. Sascha Kraus awarded as one of the Top 10 German Management

Sascha Kraus, Research Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at ESCE International Business
School Paris, France and Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Knowledge Academy Board of Governors member, has just been ranked among the top 10
of all 3,000 German Management professors by the prestigious German business magazine

Following a robust methodology, the Wirtschaftswoche assessed the research output of all scholars
operating within the subject area of “Business Administration”, which encompasses a broad scope of
sub-fields, including accounting, marketing, finance, information management, logistics, health
management etc., and their publications in 860 academic journals.

In this “Top Economists Ranking 2019”, Professor Kraus has achieved the excellent position no. 6 in the
categories “Current Research Performance (the five preceding researchers all coming from other
subject areas).

The Academy is proud to have one of the top researchers in his field amongst its Stearing Committee and
in our community, and congratulates Professor Kraus for this tremendous success.


September 25, 2018

We have an important announcement concerning our organization´s name. It is apparent that the conference attracts a large number of Entrepreneurship-themed papers. Furthermore, the conference offers several annual special issues, special sections in regular issues, or accepted papers around the Entrepreneurship theme. Therefore, it is logical that the organization rebrands to reflect Entrepreneurship within its title. Innovation and entrepreneurship are interrelated but distinct business management subject areas. Therefore, to effectively represent our mission and future, we have added the word ‘Entrepreneurship’ to the organization’s name.

Thus, with immediate effect, we are moving from “GIKA” to “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Knowledge Academy.” We believe this move will better represent our strategic activities. The 2019 conference in Verona will hence be entitled Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Knowledge Academy 2019 conference.

We hope you will join us in celebrating our new identity.

September 5, 2018

We are sorry to inform you that Paco Cossio passed away today. PhD. and friend of GIKA Community, he was Legate of GIKA in Seville. He has been on the faculty of the University of Seville, as
Professor of Marketing. Cossio was a productive and researcher, as well as an award-winning teacher. He was also a tremendous citizen not only at the University of Seville, serving as member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Business Research.

August 19, 2018

GIKA will introduce a new Best Paper Award at GIKA 2019. In addition to the existing awards, the Family Firm Institute will present an award for the Best Family Firm Paper.

July 15, 2018

For the first time ever, the 2019 GIKA Conference will host a poster session dedicated to working papers with high potential. Poster session participants will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas in detail with the editors of the prestigious journals associated with the Conference. A separate area in the university will be reserved for the poster session, giving researchers a chance to present their posters and illustrate their research methods and preliminary outcomes. These researchers will display their posters on a portable wall and will answer questions from editors and other colleagues to help them develop and shape their ideas into a journal paper.

June 27, 2018

The 2018 GIKA Conference in Valencia was brought to a close with an awards ceremony, in which the authors of 21 manuscripts received special recognition for their contributions to the research community.

June 26, 2018

The GIKA Committee, led by the President of GIKA, Naveen Donthu, met the presidents of the forthcoming GIKA editions to set the guidelines for future GIKA editions, explain the importance of the organization in disseminating knowledge, and improve the quality of the GIKA Conferences.

March 17, 2018

GIKA will introduce a new Best Paper Award at GIKA 2018. In addition to the existing awards, Emerald will present an award for the Best Entrepreneurship Paper.

February 10, 2018

More than 350 submissions have been received for GIKA 2018 in Valencia. These submissions are a testament to GIKA’s international scope, with authors from more than 60 countries submitting papers.

June 30, 2017

The 2017 GIKA Conference was the first at which Elsevier Spain and Thomson Reuters Spain presented special awards to different outstanding papers.

February 28, 2017

GIKA continues to grow, with more than 600 paper submissions to GIKA 2017 in Lisbon. These submissions are a testament to GIKA’s international scope, with authors from more than 70 countries submitting papers.

February 10, 2017

For the first time ever at a GIKA Conference, Elsevier and Thomson Reuters will each present an award: The Elsevier Best Paper Award in the Field of Innovation and The Thomson Reuters Best Paper Award in the Field of Knowledge.

September 5, 2016

After five editions in Valencia (Spain) and one edition in Taiwan, the 2017 edition of the annual GIKA Conference will be held in Portugal for the first time, reflecting the Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy’s increasingly multinational nature. The 2017 GIKA Conference will take place in Lisbon in June next year.

May 20, 2016

Professor Naveen Donthu (Georgia State University), accepts the petition of GIKA Board of Governors to be GIKA Chair.

February 17, 2016

GIKA 2016 has been a great success, with the rejection rate of initial submissions to the GIKA 2016 Conference surpassing 52%.

July 20, 2015

The Conference Proceedings have now been published by Springer. You can find information about the proceedings at and access the online version at

December 7, 2014

On December 5 and 6, the 4th GIKA Conference took place in Taiwan. The Conference topic was “Innovation and Diffusion of High-Tech Products, Services and Systems.” The Journal of Business Research will publish a Special Issue based in the topic of this Conference. Photos can be viewed at the following link

July 9, 2014

Today marked the end of the 2014 edition of the GIKA Conference in Valencia. Scholars from all over the world gathered to celebrate this annual event. A special issue of the JBR will be published in 2015 with best papers from this year’s conference. Photos can be viewed by following the links on this website.

October 1, 2013

The JBR special issue containing best papers from the 2012 GIKA Conference has been published. The digital edition of this journal can be viewed on Science Direct at the following link:

July 15, 2013

Participants from 41 different countries met at the Second GIKA Annual Conference. It was held from July 8th to 11th in the Faculty of Economics at the University of Valencia. More than 215 papers were presented at the Conference, marking high growth from the first edition, which boasted 75 papers from 15 different countries.

July 13, 2012

The first GIKA Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Knowledge Industries was successfully held in Valencia, Spain, July 10th to 12th, 2012.

July 10, 2012

GIKA is proud to announce the first GIKA Fellow, Professor Arch G. Woodside, Professor of Boston College, USA, and Editor of the Journal of Business Research.

July 10, 2012

GIKA will promote partnerships with other international networks, conferences, and associations with the purpose of contributing to research or academia by bringing together international scholars.