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Exploring the impact of methodological set-up on innovation contribution in living labs

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Open Innovation scholars as well as practitioners are still struggling with the practical implementation of Open Innovation principles in different contexts. Within this paper, we explore the value of a Living Lab approach for open innovation in SMEs. Therefore, we conducted a comparative case study analysis of 27 SME projects conducted by iMinds Living Labs in the period 2011-2015. The results suggest that a real-life intervention and a multi-method approach, methodological characteristics of Living Labs, increase the chance of generating actionable user contributions for the innovation in development. Moreover, the results also suggest that a Living Lab project yields maximal value when evolving from concept towards prototype. Besides these exploratory findings, this paper also demonstrates that Living Lab projects are a perfect ‘playground’ to test and validate assumptions from the Open Innovation literature.
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Innovation, Management, User involvement, User Innovation, SME, Living Labs, Open Innovation, Distributed Innovation.

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Schuurman, Dimitri, et al. “Exploring the Impact of Methodological Set-up on Innovation Contribution in Living Labs.” XXVI ISPIM Conference : Shaping the Frontiers of Innovation Management, Proceedings, 2015.
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Schuurman, D., De Marez, L., & Ballon, P. (2015). Exploring the impact of methodological set-up on innovation contribution in living labs. In XXVI ISPIM Conference : Shaping the Frontiers of Innovation Management, Proceedings. Budapest, Hungary.
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Schuurman, Dimitri, Lieven De Marez, and Pieter Ballon. 2015. “Exploring the Impact of Methodological Set-up on Innovation Contribution in Living Labs.” In XXVI ISPIM Conference : Shaping the Frontiers of Innovation Management, Proceedings.
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Schuurman, Dimitri, Lieven De Marez, and Pieter Ballon. 2015. “Exploring the Impact of Methodological Set-up on Innovation Contribution in Living Labs.” In XXVI ISPIM Conference : Shaping the Frontiers of Innovation Management, Proceedings.
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Schuurman D, De Marez L, Ballon P. Exploring the impact of methodological set-up on innovation contribution in living labs. In: XXVI ISPIM Conference : Shaping the Frontiers of Innovation Management, Proceedings. 2015.
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D. Schuurman, L. De Marez, and P. Ballon, “Exploring the impact of methodological set-up on innovation contribution in living labs,” in XXVI ISPIM Conference : Shaping the Frontiers of Innovation Management, Proceedings, Budapest, Hungary, 2015.
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  abstract     = {{Open Innovation scholars as well as practitioners are still struggling
with the practical implementation of Open Innovation principles in different contexts. Within this paper, we explore the value of a Living Lab approach for open innovation in SMEs. Therefore, we conducted a comparative case study analysis of 27 SME projects conducted by iMinds Living Labs in the period 2011-2015. The results suggest that a real-life intervention and a multi-method approach, methodological characteristics of Living Labs, increase the chance of generating actionable user contributions for the innovation in development.
Moreover, the results also suggest that a Living Lab project yields maximal value when evolving from concept towards prototype. Besides these exploratory findings, this paper also demonstrates that Living Lab projects are a perfect ‘playground’ to test and validate assumptions from the Open Innovation literature.}},
  author       = {{Schuurman, Dimitri and De Marez, Lieven and Ballon, Pieter}},
  booktitle    = {{XXVI ISPIM Conference : Shaping the Frontiers of Innovation Management, Proceedings}},
  keywords     = {{Innovation,Management,User involvement,User Innovation,SME,Living Labs,Open Innovation,Distributed Innovation.}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  location     = {{Budapest, Hungary}},
  title        = {{Exploring the impact of methodological set-up on innovation contribution in living labs}},
  year         = {{2015}},
}