Living labs bring experimentation out of companies’ R&D departments to real-life environments with the participation and co-creation of users, partners, and other parties. This study discusses living labs as four different types of networks characterized by open innovation: utilizer-driven, enabler-driven, provider-driven, and user-driven. The typology is based on interviews with the participants of 26 living labs in Finland, Sweden, Spain, and South Africa. Companies can benefit from knowing the characteristics of each type of living lab; this knowledge will help them to identify which actor drives the innovation, to anticipate likely outcomes, and to decide what kind of role they should play while "living labbing". Living labs are networks that can help them create innovations that have a superior match with user needs and can be upscaled promptly to the global market.

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Keywords co-creation, innovation, living labs, networks, Open innovation
Journal Technology Innovation Management Review
Leminen, Seppo, Westerlund, M, & Nyström, Anna-Greta. (2012). Living Labs as Open-Innovation Networks. Technology Innovation Management Review, 6–11.