The Importance of Spaces to Sustain Open Source Innovation

Posted: 20 Jan 2016

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Altair Hazel Marroquin Cruz

City University London - Sir John Cass Business School

Date Written: January 17, 2016

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Marroquin Cruz, Altair Hazel, The Importance of Spaces to Sustain Open Source Innovation (January 17, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2717087 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2717087

Altair Hazel Marroquin Cruz (Contact Author)

City University London - Sir John Cass Business School ( email )

106 Bunhill Row
London, EC1Y 8TZ
United Kingdom

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