The Importance of Spaces to Sustain Open Source Innovation
Posted: 20 Jan 2016
Date Written: January 17, 2016
The way of doing innovation is changing, organizations are opening organizational boundaries and new models of collaboration take place in emerging innovation spaces such as FabLabs and hackerspaces. I undertake a qualitative case study research that explores the relation between spaces and innovation with four Open Source Hardware (OSHW) organizations. From the finding I developed a framework that link organization’s objectives with socio-spatial experiences. The findings suggest that efficiency, productivity and collaboration with local communities are the main drivers and I argue that by crafting liminality organizations convey experiences that create the conditions and potentiality of new idea generation and collaboration with skilled resources. The implication for managers and public policy makers are to first define clear objectives to guide the creation of innovation spaces and find resources with the ability to manage them.
Keywords: Innovation, Open Source Hardware, Communities, Collaboration, Spaces, Liminality
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