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Enhancing collaboration in communities of professionals using a Living Lab approach

: Budweg, S.; Schaffers, H.; Ruland, R.; Kristensen, K.; Prinz, W.


Production Planning and Control 22 (2011), Nr.5&6, S.594-609
ISSN: 0953-7287
ISSN: 1366-5871
Fraunhofer FIT ()
community; co-Creation; Open Design Spaces (ODS); CSCW; living lab; innovation; appropriation; participatory design; ecospace; European project; Integrated Project; FP6

The Living Lab approach within the multi-year integrated project ECOSPACE focused on community building and active user involvement in the process of developing, introducing and evaluating new collaboration concepts and tools. This paper reports about implementing and evaluating our adapted Living Labs framework to facilitate innovation in collaborative work environments to enhance professional communities. The pursued implementation approach is considered as a strategy for innovation, change and adoption. We use a perspective of socio-technical systems to explain the change-catalyzing role of our framework and findings.