Exploring the Benefits of Integrating Business Model Research within Living Lab Projects

  • Rits O
  • Schuurman D
  • Ballon P
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Abstract

Business model and living lab research both have similar objectives - to maximize the probability of successful market introduction of innovative solutions - be it through different means. Yet, there are still only few studies or reports discussing both, with those studies that do touch the subject staying at a high level. iMinds Living Labs has gained a lot of experience in combined living lab and business model innovation projects and, rather than being competing approaches, our results have shown that these two research methodologies can be complementary, where the combined approach turns out to be more powerful than each individual approach used alone. The goal of this article is to promote the inclusion of business model research in a model of ``a living lab as a service{''} (and vice versa) by explaining the benefits and by introducing a practical framework to implement such combined research tracks based on the experience at iMinds Living Labs over the past few years.

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Rits, O., Schuurman, D., & Ballon, P. (2018). Exploring the Benefits of Integrating Business Model Research within Living Lab Projects. Technology Innovation Management Review, 5(12), 19–27. https://doi.org/10.22215/timreview/949

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