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Working paper

DO LIVING LABS LIVE IN RUSSIA?

WP BRP Series: Science, Technology and Innovation / STI. Science, Technology and Innovation / STI. ISSEK, 2018
Kokareva A., Kutsenko E., Islankina E.
Innovation infrastructure plays a crucial role in the establishment of links among knowledge producers, intermediaries, and exploiters to deal with socio-economic challenges. Traditionally, the representatives of the public sector, business and academia have been considered as the key stakeholders; however today there is a shift of interest towards end users or consumers of products and services. Users, especially citizens, are able to bring new insights into their experience while taking part in the testing and validation of innovative products and/or services. Hence, it is essential to decide, which forms of innovation infrastructure units enable the successful involvement of users in the design and innovation process. Since mid-2000, the European Union has successfully introduced a platform for testing and experimentation based on the users’ engagement – a living laboratory. The study investigates the features of living labs, including their possible business applications, and searching for the living labs’ analogous among the existing forms of innovation infrastructure units in Russia. Business Model Canvas and comparative analysis are employed to do the research. Taken together, our results support the idea that a living lab is a very special form of innovation infrastructure unit, since it brings a product, technology, or service closer to the market, based on the insights from the end users’ engagement in testing and experimentation.