The contemporary problems of management, defence and security
In the context of the complexities and layers which shape the perception of human existence, management issues are crucial for maintaining a secure and safe environment. Industrial transformation, the goals of 4.0 industry, globalisation, sustainability and the accompanying asymmetry of these trends need careful observation, profound analyses, and evaluation for deciding future directions. Both global and domestic perspectives create an image of global tendencies which is sometimes patchworked. This Special Issue is dedicated to the presentation of interdisciplinary theoretical and empirical research embedding management, defence, and security. We seek manuscripts which provide local or global perspectives on present-day problems related to the three issues. They may rely on social or technical sciences. Original, novel assumptions and research designs are welcomed. The topics relevant to this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, three main areas: management, defence, and security. Detailed topics are listed below:

Management Area:
Public management in context of defence and security
Organisation management in the face of new challenges and threats
Cross-sectoral collaboration for effective management
Cooperation for economic development and security within the Three Seas States and the European Union
Territorial development management and spatial development in the aspect of security and defence

Defence Area:
Armed forces in state security systems – theory and practice
Modernisation challenges for the Polish Armed Forces – priorities, linking to identified and future threats
Logistic outsourcing in the armed forces – theory and practice
The role of the non-military sector in shaping the state of defence
Economic and social aspects in the state of defence

Security and Safety Area:
Critical infrastructure security
Cyber security – new challenges
Virtual reality and augmented reality in the service of security
Intelligent systems, artificial intelligence – security implications
Energy and ecological security of Poland and Europe – entities, infrastructure, tasks, organisation and threats
The defence industry as a key element of state security.
Protective potential of uniformed services in ensuring public safety and security
Media in the national security systems of states – theory and practice
Education for security and defence

Manuscript submission
Four types of papers (between 6000 and 10000 words) can be considered for potential publication in this Special Issue.
• Original research, with full Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusion sections. They should be between 4,000 and 7,000 words in length;
• Review articles, which include a comprehensive summary of research on a certain topic, with Introduction, Methods (theoretical), Results, and Conclusions. They should be up to 8,000 words in length;
• Conceptual papers, which do not present original data, but an original concept. They synthesise knowledge from previous work on a particular topic, and present it in a new light to reveal the potential for further research. They should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words in length;
• Short papers should contain an original work with focused and concise research contributions, incremental work, e.g. follow-up extensions or evaluations of existing methods, or exploratory work. They could also be of a conceptual nature. Short papers also include Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusion sections and should be between 2,000 - 3,000 words in length.
All authors must follow Security and Defence “Guide for Authors”. To submit a manuscript, please go to: select this Special Issue “The contemporary problems of management, defence and security”. All submissions are subject to standard peer review, revision, and re-submission processes. Please direct any queries to Dr Małgorzata Gawlik Kobylińska e-mail:
Tentative schedule:
Submission of full papers: 31.01.2021
Peer-Review: 31.04.2021
Publication of the Special Issue: 31.08.2021
Guest Editorial Team:
Peter Holowka, EdD, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Email:
Katarzyna Świerszcz, PhD, Military University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland. Email:
Prof. Justyna Górna, PhD Poznań University of Economics and Business, Poland. Email: