Living Labs as Emerging Models for Research and Innovation PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, June 5, 2007, Hotel Golf Jupiter 2, 11.00 – 12.30

Stefan Klein, Professor
European Research Center for Information Systems, Universität Münster, Germany

Jože Gričar, Professor & eCenter Director
Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Maribor, Slovenia
Allen Higgins, Research Associate
Centre for Innovation, Technology and Organisation, University College Dublin, Ireland
Bernhard Katzy, Professor
Uni Bw München, Germany & Leiden University, The Netherlands
Yao-Hua Tan, Professor
Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Vrije University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Panel description

The term Living Lab describes an open real-life setting for collaborative innovation and research. It describes an approach to conducting research in work and social environments emphasizing the observation of human interactions in response to technology or technologically induced changes. In contrast to a laboratory, a living lab is a potentially unbounded experimental setting (akin to action research) rather than a controlled and closed system subject to artificial constraints or limitation. It is meant to facilitate engagement with typically innovative technologies in a normal life environment in order to be able to observe e.g. processes of appropriation or rejection, social sense making, adaptation of practices etc.
In the context of the EU’s 6th and 7th framework programmes, the scope of meaning has been extended and describes now multi-stakeholder real-world innovation systems which are studied in vivo.

However, numerous questions remain unaddressed:
  • What are the implications of living labs on research design and research methodology?
  • What are the temporal, spatial, institutional boundaries of living labs?
  • What are meaningful distinctions to describe and classify the diversity and multiplicity of living labs?

The panel brings together academics who are engaged in living labs, albeit in different development stages. Based on their hands-on experience and brief introductions of the living lab cases, the panel will address conceptual, methodological and practical issues of living labs in the context of research on eBusiness and eGovernment.

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