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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.author Rahkonen, Timo
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-29T01:30:46Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-29T01:30:46Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/5277
dc.description.abstract Innovation has become a mandatory for organizations and the most important engine of growth. Companies are trying to anticipate the changing business environment, build competitive products and services that engage customers and outperform competition. However, this has been challenging, and hence there is a need for new approach to organize innovation process that engage external world, including customers. New product development process should also be intensified, and companies should be enriched by external knowledge outside the company. Hence, there is a need for shift in innovation from closed to open innovation. Furthermore, companies should understand that users play a major role in development of products and services. Hence, there is a need for user-centric innovation. One approach to exploit these three areas is living lab. It is a user-centric, open innovation ecosystem in a real-life environment where users and producers co-create innovations. Living lab emphasizes the idea that user-centric solutions lead to a new form of productivity and competitiveness. Furthermore, it is a method to provide more structure and governance for innovation, and especially open innovation activities. The research was part of the ongoing innovation agenda of case organization. This innovation agenda has been supported by IBM where the researcher currently works. The research was conducted as a qualitative single case study. The empirical data was gathered from 11 thematic interviews and one workshop. Additionally, selected written materials provided by case organization and IBM were used to provide background information. The empirical data was analyzed by using analytic induction. The primary research question is: ´How does living lab foster organization´s strategy and innovativeness?´. Additionally, the paper explores the background of living lab, the purpose of living lab, and its integration to strategy and innovation within the case company. The study aims to provide a view into the living lab approach as a tool to exploit open innovation and user-centric innovation, as well as achieving growth. As a result of the study living lab is a method to implement strategy and thus achieving strategic objectives. However, living lab can also challenge and reshape the existing strategy through innovation. From innovation perspective, living lab exploits open innovation and user-centric innovation. Hence, living lab enables collaborative innovation and thus improves the innovativeness of the company, as well as growth. Keywords: strategy, innovation, open innovation, user-centric innovation, living lab en
dc.format.extent 107
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Driving growth through collaborative innovation - Case Living Lab en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Kauppakorkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Department of Management and International Business en
dc.contributor.department Johtamisen ja kansainvälisen liiketoiminnan laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword strategy
dc.subject.keyword strategia
dc.subject.keyword innovation
dc.subject.keyword innovaatio
dc.subject.keyword open innovation
dc.subject.keyword avoin innovaatio
dc.subject.keyword user-centric innovation
dc.subject.keyword käyttäjälähtöinen innovaatio
dc.subject.keyword living lab
dc.subject.keyword living lab
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201209303205
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major Organization and Management en
dc.programme.major Organisaatiot ja johtaminen fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu tutkielma fi
dc.subject.helecon johtaminen
dc.subject.helecon management
dc.subject.helecon organisaatio
dc.subject.helecon organization
dc.subject.helecon strategia
dc.subject.helecon strategy
dc.subject.helecon innovaatiot
dc.subject.helecon innovations
dc.ethesisid 12965
dc.date.dateaccepted 2012-08-27
dc.location P1 I
local.aalto.openaccess yes
local.aalto.idthes 12965

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