Call for papers for a CIJ Special Issue "Using Science for the Greater Good"


The special issue welcomes new research on the process of impactful innovations, as well as quantitative/qualitative research on novel ideas of impactful innovations in the STEMH domain, namely innovations themselves and their attributes/characteristics/adoption/usage or the like. It may also be on clearly defined antecedents of impactful innovation, such as entrepreneurial behavior influencing the innovation process.

As a core point, the impactful innovations should aim to give significant economical-, technological- or societal advances upon implementation/commercialization. 

We refer to impactful innovations as an umbrella term for radical, breakthrough, discontinuous, exploratory, strategic, and evolutionary innovation. These are ex ante (e.g., as an opportunity) considered to require significant absorption of new knowledge (Dewar & Dutton, 1986), affiliated with a high degree of uncertainty (O’Connor & Rice, 2013), and take a significant time to mature from a development perspective (O’Connor et al., 2008). These opportunities can potentially provide value through new technologies, new markets (Chandy & Tellis, 2000; Lynn & Akgün, 2001), and/or business models (Markides, 2006). As part of commercialization/implementation in markets/organizations, these innovations may often lead to better performance for organizations (pecuniary, non-pecuniary or mission-oriented, cf., e.g., Laursen & Salter, 2006), and lead to different user behavior as part of the process (Markides, 2006).

Examples of impactful innovations are manyfold. The initial research referred back to Schumpeterian “creative destruction” of industries and technology (1939), echoed by Kondratiev’s grand supercycles (Freeman & Louca, 2001). These include examples of grand innovations, such as steam power, electricity and computers. More recent examples from innovation practice put emphasis on less drastic product/service/business model introductions, including the first iPhone, x-ray, the first time we saw online film streaming, and dynamic car rental services (e.g., , O’Connor et al., 2008).

The contributions can either be reflecting on public/private innovations, be it driven by entrepreneurship or corporate entrepreneurship elements. The articles should be empirical with a solid theoretical outset and built with an experimental mindset either explicitly reporting experiments or proposing sound experimental setups for future research based on their contributions. We especially welcome interdisciplinary research that can scrutinize topics from various perspectives.   

Non-exhaustive list of topics

The topics of the special issue articles may include, yet are not limited to, the following:

  • An investigation of the innovation process and its attributes/performance/characteristics etc. in interdisciplinary STEMH teams.
  • Investigating a mix of different background levels’ impact on innovation processes (e.g., Ph.D. level team members mixed with M.Sc. level team members)
  • Investigating antecedents (including entrepreneurial behavior) fostering impactful innovations.
  • Personal, team-based or exogenous factors influencing either the impactful innovation process (ex ante) or as an outcome (ex post).
  • Heterogenous background teams vs. homogenous background teams in STEMH (efficiency, novelty, performance).
  • Novel, impactful innovation solutions in STEMH field (concrete technical/solution concepts) that can solve big societal challenges (and for non(for)-profit organizations).
  • STEMH interdisciplinary teams’ experience of innovation processes, performance predictors of teams’ activities, mood and feelings attached to team-work, and team-work related issues.


Guest editors

Jimmi Normann Kristiansen is Associate Professor of Innovation Management at Aalborg University Business School, Denmark (

Catarina Batista is Project Associate and Student Program Coordinator at CERN IdeaSquare, Switzerland (

Tuuli Utriainen is Fellow at CERN, Switzerland (

Submission guidelines

This Special Issue is seeking manuscripts presenting a concise answer to a specific research question following CIJ 1500 – 3000 words space limits. See up-to-date submission guidelines at

Key dates

Submission deadline: February 1st 2023

Final paper submission (after review process): March 22nd 2023

Publication of special issue: April 26th 2023


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Dewar, R.D., & Dutton, J.E. (1986). The adoption of radical and incremental innovations: An empirical analysis. Management Science, 32(11), 1422-1433.

Freeman, C., & Louca, F. (2001). As time goes by: From the industrial revolutions to the information revolution. The Academy of Management Review, 27(2), 306-308.

Hopp, C., Antons, D., Kaminski, J. & Salge, T. O. (2018). What 40 Years of Research Reveals About the Difference Between Disruptive and Radical Innovation. Harvard Business Review, April 2018.

Laursen, K., & Salter, A. (2006). Open for innovation: The role of openness in explaining innovation performance among U.K. manufacturing firms. Strategic Management Journal, 27(2), 131-150.

Lynn, G. S., & Akgün, A. E. (2001). Project visioning: Its components and impact on new product success. The Journal of Product Innovation Management, 18(6), 374-387.

Markides, C. (2006). Disruptive innovation: In need of better theory. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 23(1), 19-25.

O‘Connor, G. C., Leifer, R., Paulson, A. S., & Peters, L. S. (2008). Grabbing lightning: Building a capability for breakthrough innovation. San Francisco, CA: Wiley & Sons.

O‘Connor, G. C., & Rice, M. P. (2013). A comprehensive model of uncertainty associated with radical innovation. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 30(1), 2-18.