Cipriano Forza, M.Sc, Ph.D., is a full professor of Management and Operations Management, the Director of the Doctoral School in Management Engineering and Real Estate Appraisal and the Vice-Director of the Department of Management and Engineering at Padova University, Italy. His research activity is focused on product variety management, mass customization, product configuration, product modularity, form postponement, lean production, information systems in operations, quality management and internationalization of SMEs. He has (co)authored more than 150 publications, 44 of which in peer-reviewed international journals. He was awarded for his publications in AOM conference (2008), JOM (2005), PPC (2004), IMS (1996) and IJOPM (1995). He served as a guest editor of JOM (2005) and POM (2010) for special issues on mass customization topics. He serves as an associate editor of DSJ and JOM.  He has been (co)principal investigator of four EU-funded projects on mass customization and innovation-related topics.