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Taking real-life seriously : an approach to decomposing context beyond 'environment' in living labs

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The maturity of Living Labs has grown and several researchers have tried to create a uniform definition of what Living Labs are by emphasizing the multi-method and real-life, contextual approach. Although researchers thus recognize the importance of context in Living Labs, they do not provide insights into how context can be taken into account. The real-life context predominantly focuses on the in-situ use of a product during field trials where users are observed in their everyday life. The contribution of this paper will be twofold. By means of a case study we will show how context can be evaluated in the front end of design, so Living Lab researchers are no longer dependent on the readiness level of a product, and we will show how field trials can be evaluated in a more structured way to cover all components of context. By using a framework to evaluate the impact of context on product use, Living Lab researchers can improve the overall effectiveness of data gathering and analysis methods in a Living Lab project.
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Living Lab, Context, Prototype, Real-life

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Coorevits, Lynn, and An Jacobs. 2017. “Taking Real-life Seriously : an Approach to Decomposing Context Beyond ‘Environment’ in Living Labs .” Technology Innovation Management Review 7 (1): 26–36.
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Coorevits, Lynn, & Jacobs, A. (2017). Taking real-life seriously : an approach to decomposing context beyond “environment” in living labs . TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION MANAGEMENT REVIEW , 7(1), 26–36.
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Coorevits L, Jacobs A. Taking real-life seriously : an approach to decomposing context beyond “environment” in living labs . TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION MANAGEMENT REVIEW . 2017;7(1):26–36.
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Coorevits, Lynn, and An Jacobs. “Taking Real-life Seriously : an Approach to Decomposing Context Beyond ‘Environment’ in Living Labs .” TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION MANAGEMENT REVIEW 7.1 (2017): 26–36. Print.
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  abstract     = {The maturity of Living Labs has grown and several researchers have tried to create a uniform definition of what Living Labs are by emphasizing the multi-method and real-life, contextual approach. Although researchers thus recognize the importance of context in Living Labs, they do not provide insights into how context can be taken into account. The real-life context predominantly focuses on the in-situ use of a product during field trials where users are observed in their everyday life. The contribution of this paper will be twofold. By means of a case study we will show how context can be evaluated in the front end of design, so Living Lab researchers are no longer dependent on the readiness level of a product, and we will show how field trials can be evaluated in a more structured way to cover all components of context. By using a framework to evaluate the impact of context on product use, Living Lab researchers can improve the overall effectiveness of data gathering and analysis methods in a Living Lab project.},
  author       = {Coorevits, Lynn and Jacobs, An},
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  journal      = {TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION MANAGEMENT REVIEW },
  keywords     = {Living Lab,Context,Prototype,Real-life},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {26--36},
  title        = {Taking real-life seriously : an approach to decomposing context beyond 'environment' in living labs },
  volume       = {7},
  year         = {2017},
}