Decreasing energy consumption is a global priority and the energy market is in constant change. The search for energy-saving innovations provides an opportunity to initiate a user-centered approach using the living labs model. This article describes how Process Vision, a small-yet-leading Northern European provider of energy IT systems, applied the livings labs approach to develop novel energy-efficiency management solutions. We discuss the company’s participation in the APOLLON consortium, a cross-border living labs initiative on energy efficiency. More specifically, we describe the Finland-based company’s experiences of a pilot project launched in the living lab and report on the perceived managerial challenges of applying the living labs approach from the perspective of a small firm.

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Keywords energy efficiency, Innovation management, Living lab, managerial challenges, Open innovation, User-driven
Journal Technology Innovation Management Review
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Niitamo, Veli-Pekka, Westerlund, M, & Leminen, Seppo. (2012). A Small-Firm Perspective on the Benefits of Living Labs. Technology Innovation Management Review, 44–49.