Perceptions of open innovation at CERN: an explorative study

Hamza El-Kebir, Maria Chiara Mazza, Jody Liu


Innovation is seen as a crucial factor to drive businesses to grow, stand out and to meet customer needs. However, most research on open innovation focuses on commercial businesses. Here, we study how research institutes, specifically CERN, establish innovation as their driving force, primarily through internal and external openness. To explore how interdisciplinary collaboration and open innovation is perceived by CERN’s constituents, mixed-form interviews have been conducted. A majority is found to be in favour of interdisciplinary collaboration, and acknowledges the impact of open innovation. Future work may continue to explore the validity of these sentiments among a wider audience.


open innovation; interdisciplinary collaboration; employee sentiment analysis; research institutes; explorative study

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