Innovating by bricolage: how do firms diversify through knowledge interactions with FabLabs?

Regional Studies, vol 53, p939-950

41 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2016 Last revised: 29 Jun 2020

Date Written: February 27, 2018

Abstract

This paper provides some insight into the way a Fablab increases local entrepreneurial capabilities by offering a new and collective way to co-shape novelties based on a brico-lage mode of innovation. Based on an original survey of 48 international FabLabs, we observed that FabLabs tend to co-produce more prototypes when interacting with small firms whereas they co-produce more spin-offs when in a partnership with large firms. Moreover, FabLab produces more outputs when they are connected to both small and large firms. In other words, FabLab co-produces some related varieties for large firms and contributes in exploring alternatives for small firms.

Keywords: FabLab, bricolage, knowledge, entrepreneurship

JEL Classification: D20, L10, O32, R11

Suggested Citation

Suire, Raphael, Innovating by bricolage: how do firms diversify through knowledge interactions with FabLabs? (February 27, 2018). Regional Studies, vol 53, p939-950, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2830526 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2830526

Raphael Suire (Contact Author)

University of Nantes - LEMNA ( email )

Nantes, 44000
France

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