Antecedents and cases of Impact Innovation – Recent studies from Europe


  • Jimmi Normann Kristiansen Aalborg University Business School, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Catarina Batista CERN IdeaSquare, CERN, Switzerland
  • Tuuli Maria Utriainen CERN IdeaSquare, CERN, Switzerland



editorial, Impact Innovation


This special issue presents 4 selected papers that have an emphasis on either the antecedents or provide concrete cases of impact innovation. Across the papers, the authors approach the topic of impact innovation from distinct angles, from measures of personal innovativeness to the power of physical teamwork, to the purpose of prototyping and entrepreneurial attitudes. This serves to demonstrate that innovation is not a linear process but rather a complex phenomenon that can be studied from a multitude of technical and social perspectives.


Alden Rivers, B., Armellini, A., & Nie, M., 2015, Embedding social innovation and social impact across the disciplines. Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, 5(3), 242–257.

Biron, M., Fulmer, I., De Cieri, H., Lin, V., Nyfoundi, M., Mayrhofer, W., Sanders, K., Shipton, H., & Sun, J., 2021, Structuring for innovative responses to human resource challenges: A skunk works approach. Human Resource Management Review, 31(2), 100768.

Colombelli, A., Panelli, A., & Paolucci, E., 2021, The implications of entrepreneurship education on the careers of PhDs: evidence from the challenge-based learning approach, CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation; 5(1), 49–55.

Deo, S., & Malge, A., 2022, Understanding engineering students’ perceptions of their curiosity, diligence, and perseverance and assessing its impact on their creativity, CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation; 6(2), 28–40.

Figueiredo, S., Ganoo, A., Eriksson, V., & Ekman, K., 2022, Future-ready skills development through Experiential Learning: perceptions from students working in multidisciplinary teams. CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation, 6(2), 12–19.

Gelner, A. D., Eitel, M. B. M., Mikhail, M., Olbrich, L. F., Pierri, A., Borgato, A., & Landgraf, T., 2023, An Exploration on the Effectiveness of Face-to-Face and Virtual Meetings in Educational Projects Dealing with Impact Innovation. CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation, 7(1): 12-17.

March, J., 1991, Exploration and exploitation in organizational learning. Organization Science, 2(1), 71-87.

Vajner, D. A., Heuer, J., Vigo, P., Zhang, K., Nguyen Viet, D., & Zhang, Y., 2023, Why measuring individual innovativeness is so difficult: A critical review of standard methods and new ideas to measure innovativeness. CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation, 7(1): 1827.

O‘Connor, G. C., 1998, Market learning and radical innovation: A cross case comparison of eight radical innovation projects. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 15(2), 151-166.

Oltra, V., Donada, C., & Alegre, J., 2022, Facilitating radical innovation through secret technology-oriented skunkworks projects: Implications for human resource practices. Human Resource Management Journal, 32, 133-150.

Owen, R., Macnaghten, P., & Stilgoe, J., 2012, Responsible research and innovation: From science in society to science for society, with society. Science and Public Policy, 39(6), 751–760.

Rojas-Martínez, K. M., Brons, P., & Dumitriu, A., 2023, Early assessment of perceived customer value: A case study comparing a low- and high-fidelity prototype in dentistry. CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation, 7(1): 28–35.

Stauffer, D., 2016, Personal innovativeness as a predictor of entrepreneurial value creation. International Journal of Innovation Science, 8(1), 4–26.

Stock, R. M., von Hippel, E., & Gillert, N. L., 2016, Impacts of personality traits on consumer innovation success. Research Policy, 45(4), 757–769.

Tschernuth, F. S., Shen, X., Rossi, A., Antonelli, A., & Goutebroze, H., 2023, Entrepreneurial tendencies among highly educated students in Germany and Italy - A crossnational study. CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation, 7(1): 18–27.




How to Cite

Normann Kristiansen, J., Batista, C., & Utriainen, T. M. (2023). Antecedents and cases of Impact Innovation – Recent studies from Europe. CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation, 7(1), 1–3.