Matteo Vignoli is the new Editor in Chief of CIJ
We are pleased to announce that Matteo Vignoli, currently co-editor of the CERN IdeaSquare
Journal of Experimental Innovation (CIJ), has accepted to take up the role of Editor in Chief of the
Journal as of June 1 st , 2023.
Matteo Vignoli is Associate Professor of Management Engineering at the University of Bologna. He
received his Ph.D. from the University of Padua and was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University
(USA) and Ryerson University (Canada). He is the managing coordinator of oper.space, the Factory
for Open Innovation of the University of Bologna, and is a founding member of the Design
Thinking ME310/SUGAR network and of the CBI initiative @ CERN. Delegate for the University
of Bologna Open Innovation Initiatives @Almacube, Academic Director of various BBS Open
Programs, Founder and Trustee of the Future Food Institute. Co-founder of CIJ, his work appeared
in: Research Policy, Creativity Innovation Management, Computers & Operations Research,
Production Planning & Control and International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics
“I am proud and honored to support the development of CIJ in the next years. Our society needs
unconventional, thought-provoking, experimental research inspired by the culture of CERN to push
the boundaries of collaboration and drive societal innovation”, says Vignoli.
“We are excited that Prof. Vignoli has accepted this invitation and we are looking forward for CIJ to
continue growing as an important outlet for experimental research in the field of innovation,
engineering and management”, comments Saku Juhani Makinen, a founder of CIJ and the Editor in
Chief of the Journal in the past 7 years. Makinen will continue to serve in the Editorial Board of CIJ
with the role of Emeritus, Founding Editor-in-Chief.
‘We are all very pleased that Matteo has accepted to continue as the Chief Editor of CIJ, taking the
torch from Saku who has given a marvellous and very important contribution in making CIJ what it
is today” concludes Markus Nordberg, Head of Resources Development of the Development and
Innovation Unit (IPT-DI) at CERN. “With Matteo's leadership and the active help from the co-
editors, including my colleagues from IdeaSquare, we look forward to seeing the CERN IdeaSquare
Journal taking the next big step as a niche journal contributing to much needed experimental
research on where great ideas come from and how breakthrough innovation processes take place”.
Thank you Saku for your hard work and welcome and best wishes to Matteo!
The CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation (CIJ), founded in 2017 and published by
CERN, is a research journal that publishes results of empirical research on the practice of strategic
technology and innovation management. CIJ is a multi-disciplinary, open on-line journal that is
devoted to the latest research and theory development in in-situ innovation experimentation,
strategic innovation management, knowledge exchange and management, and innovation policy
issues in cross-sections of science, technology, innovation, and business. The intent of CIJ is to be
intellectually challenging providing evidence-based results that guide decision-making in managing