Design and Management of Innovation Laboratories: Toward a Performance Assessment Tool

19 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2019

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Ferney Osorio

University of Lorraine

Laurent Dupont

National University of Colombia

Mauricio Camargo

University of Lorraine

Pedro Palominos

University of Santiago, Chile

José Ismael Peña

National University of Colombia

Miguel Alfaro

University of Santiago, Chile

Date Written: March 2019

Abstract

There is a strong emergence of new spaces to foster innovation all over the world (Fablabs, Living Labs and Design Factories, among others). Past experiences have shown these types of projects involving “innovation laboratories” are at risk of not succeeding in their goals. Although several studies have tackled the problem of design, development and sustainability of innovation laboratories, there is still a gap in understanding how the capabilities and performance of these environments are affected by the strategic intentions at the early stages of design and functioning. Throughout this work, eight frameworks from the literature that analyze innovation laboratories are identified and compared. Then, based on both literature and the authors' experience, an updated framework is proposed as the basis for a guidance tool for researchers and practitioners aiming to assess or to adapt an existing project. As part of the operationalization process of the framework, a maturity grid‐based assessment tool is proposed to evaluate the maturity degree of an innovation laboratory. Afterwards, to evaluate the viability and to integrate the perception of innovation laboratory managers, an exploratory study with answers from fifteen laboratories from five different countries is performed. Insights and implications for emerging and already existent projects of innovation laboratories are then discussed.

Suggested Citation

Osorio, Ferney and Dupont, Laurent and Camargo, Mauricio and Palominos, Pedro and Peña, José Ismael and Alfaro, Miguel, Design and Management of Innovation Laboratories: Toward a Performance Assessment Tool (March 2019). Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 28, Issue 1, pp. 82-100, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3337980 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/caim.12301

Ferney Osorio (Contact Author)

University of Lorraine

Lorraine
France

Laurent Dupont

National University of Colombia

Carrera 30 45-03
Bogota, None
Colombia

Mauricio Camargo

University of Lorraine ( email )

Lorraine
France

Pedro Palominos

University of Santiago, Chile

Santiago
Chile

José Ismael Peña

National University of Colombia

Carrera 30 45-03
Bogota, None
Colombia

Miguel Alfaro

University of Santiago, Chile

Santiago
Chile

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