CERN Launches Open Journal of Experimental Innovation – CIJ

By . Published on 24 November 2016 in:

This article is a republication from the CERN Bulletin.

Inauguration of IdeaSquare (Image: Jean-Claude Gadmer/CERN)


CERN’s new on-line journal CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation (CIJ) will publish empirical and theoretical research on the practice of strategic technology and innovation management. It is a multi-disciplinary, open on-line journal that focuses on in-situ innovation experimentation, strategic innovation management, knowledge transfer and management, and innovation policy issues.

“At CERN we experiment with new ideas all the time, and IdeaSquare is a key part of that drive towards innovation,” says Charlotte Warakaulle, Director for International Relations at CERN. “Here, we bring together people from the worlds of scientific instruments-building and societal action to find practical solutions to challenges on the ground, in humanitarian work and in many other areas. It is an innovative process with innovative outcomes,“ she adds.

Roberto Verganti, Professor of Leadership and Innovation at Politecnico di Milano continues that “CIJ will also give means to document the societal impact of the student projects at IdeaSquare and elsewhere”. “IdeaSquare and CIJ offer a new and unique platform to carry out and investigate student’s experimentation-driven innovation, inspired by the way CERN does frontier physics research,” explain Markus Nordberg, IdeaSquare project leader, and Saku Mäkinen, Research Director at Helsinki Institute of Physics and Editor in Chief of the New Journal. “Without experimentation, no real innovation is possible,” says Saku Mäkinen. “The process of innovation is just as important as the products of this creative process. This is why we are excited to launch this new journal reporting results of contemporary research on the innovation experimentations.”

The CIJ aims to increase our understanding of how the innovation process happens, and what are the best conditions to efficiently accelerate innovation. It also aims to investigate how innovation permeates into society and how new innovations are adopted, modified and even eventually discarded. In that sense, the CIJ is interested in the social dimensions of experimentation in innovation, as well as the innovation management aspect.

For more information, see the full article published on the Knowledge Transfer website.

Call for papers
Call for papers for a CIJ Special Issue “Experimenting in Innovation”. Submission deadline: 31 December 2016.
We are very pleased to announce a call for papers for the first special issue for the CERN Idea Square Journal of Experimental Innovation (CIJ).
For more information, see the full article published on CERN’s e-publishing website.

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