29 Works

Creativity and science parks: more than just a physical platform?

Stefano Cirella & Anna Yström
This study explores how managerial practices can develop and enhance a creative climate in science parks. Based on a case study of one of the most important Italian science parks, Area Science Park, our results suggest that science park management can further enhance the park’s park potential and strengthen ties to its different actors by focusing on creative climate development. In particular, we identify and discuss key aspects that are relevant to this challenge, i.e....

Smart work centers as “creative workspaces” for remote employees

Luisa Errichiello & Tommasina Pianese
This paper focuses on the creative potential offered to remote workers by an innovative workplace, i.e. Smart Work Center (SWC), that acquired momentum with the diffusion of smart working, a holistic approach in managing employees’ flexibility. In conceptualizing SWCs as "creative workspaces", we draw on literature on workplace creativity to identify a number of factors related to work environment influencing individual creativity. Then, in light of specific SWC’s features, we developed a set of research...

How experiments in the fuzzy front end using prototyping generates new options

John K. Christiansen & Marta Gasparin
The fuzzy front in product development is frequently mentioned as the most critical phase of the innovation process, and the five cases of successful design innovations here indicate that experiments and an experimental approach are generating positive outcomes. The experiments in the cases can be characterized as various forms of prototyping. Interestingly the prototyping and experiments took place in the very early phases of the innovation process, rather than later as often advised and interestingly...

Extending lab results to advices for leadership facilitating creativity in organizations

Hicham Ezzat, Pascal Le Masson & Benoit Weil
In today’s innovation-dependent environment, organizations should constantly innovate to survive in the marketplace. However, fixation imposes major constraints on the creativity of employees in organizations. In recent years, experimental laboratory studies have proposed leadership-based methods to overcome fixation. In this study, we propose and test a research method that extends the results of these studies to organizations and demonstrate how this can help uncover new organizational leadership variables promoting creativity that are not usually considered...

Experiments in an Organisational Context

John Christiansen, Julian Birkinshaw, Pascal Le Masson & Saku Makinen
This special issue helps to shed new light on a large variety of methods, such as a method to learn from experiments driven by a company itself or a method to extend results from lab experiments to organizational situations. The papers illustrate how management science is able to articulate theoretical construction and empirical research through a variety of experimental approaches, and they attest to the scientific rigor and vitality of our scientific community. Furthermore, all...

Towards enabling disruptive innovation in a diffuse funding and resources landscape

VV., AA.
The purpose of this paper is to offer a “handbook at-a-glance” for enabling disruptive innovation in a diffuse geo-political and economic landscape. That is, to identify the enabling parameters for economy-revitalizing innovation in a geo- economically diffuse area. It is assumed that there are multiple parallel funding streams and resources allocation mechanisms, multiple political systems, diffuse legal and regulatory frameworks, and tight budgetary constraints and control. Our approach is inspired by systems biology and ecology-thinking....

Designing and building a 3D printed low cost modular Raman spectrometer

Onur Aydogan & Erol Tasal
Raman spectroscopy is broadly used in both industrial and academic communities, including nanotechnology, biology, materials engineering, physics, pharmaceutical industry and environment protection monitoring. Most of these devices are worth thousands of dollars and usually require a PhD-level assistant to operate them, hence they are usually not available for college and undergraduate students. The present paper describes an affordable, easy-to-use, Raman spectrometer that can be built with commercially available electronics and optics and 3D printing. A...

Who talks about collaborative spaces, how, and why

Gianandrea Ciaramella, Cristina Rossi Lamastra, Paola Rovelli & Chiara Tagliaro
Communities in urban contexts and firms in corporate offices have recently started to implement collaborative spaces. Several authors from different disciplines are currently advancing knowledge in this realm. Systematizing this diverse knowledge base helps to advance our understanding of this novel phenomenon. To this end, the present work reviews 29 papers focusing on collaborative spaces. We analyse these papers in terms of contents, research methods, fields of study, authors’ background, and impact on the academic...

Co-creating an idea lab: lessons learned from a longitudinal lase study

Katja Thoring, Roland M. Mueller, Carmen Luippold, Pieter Desmet & Petra Badke-Schaub
This article presents a longitudinal case study of the development process of an idea lab—from initial planning to final implementation and usage. The research approach comprised various methods, including a user study with cultural probes and a visual canvas, a focus group co-creation workshop, and a follow-up evaluation, two years after the space’s implementation. We identified 15 relevant themes and 39 spatial characteristics that constitute the individual users’ preferences, as well as several insights from...

Experimentation and innovation: purpose, possibilities and preferred solutions

Judy Matthews
This paper explores the range of purposes for experimenting and identifies some of the patterns and processes where experimentation leads to innovation. Thematic analysis of a brief overview of literature indicates that experimentation can be understood from multiple perspectives: as a mindset, a determination to solve a puzzle or challenge, a generic research process to develop new goods and services, to explore new fields and as a core process in creating desired futures. Experimentation will...

Generative action and preference reversal in exploratory project management

Mario Le Glatin, Pascal Le Masson & Benoît Weil
Organisations trying to innovate, despite being naturally encouraged to use project management and associated rational theories of choice, will necessarily experiment in some way or another due to the high levels of uncertainty and the unknown to be discovered. Exploratory project management may face situations requiring a constant reconfiguration of beliefs and hypotheses as a reaction to external factors. In this paper, we propose to discuss the existence of a generative rationality breaking away from...

How does organizational space help organizations cope with the challenges of ambidexterity and continue to innovate? A space reorganization experiment in a transitioning organization

Paula Ungureanu, Deborah Rietti & Luca Giustiniano
Influenced by internal and external factors, organizations are increasingly operating in divergent fields that require them to develop ambidextrous competencies. While research relating ambidexterity to aspects such as strategy and innovation has reached a maturity stage, we still know little about the strategic processes that allow organizations to implement ambidexterity, and in particular about the role that organizational space can play in an organization’s attempt to become ambidextrous. By conducting a qualitative study in the...

Assessing the usefulness of an early idea development tool among experienced researchers

Ulla Anneli Saari, Leena Aarikka-Stenroos, Stina Boedeker, Leena Köppä & Jörg Langwaldt
We test a novel ideation tool developed for early idea development among experienced academic researchers. We presented the tool called the Impact Canvas to experienced researchers and allowed them to test it. This paper analyses their perceptions of the tool: its usability and visual appeal, content elements, ability to facilitate collaboration, and motivate on a personal level. The majority of the researchers considered the tool useful and inspiring. Our findings imply that experienced researchers would...

Experimental research setting in management

Saku J. Mäkinen
The current issue of the CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation displays the plurality of levels of analysis for experimental research in management leaving only the policy level investigations untouched.

Open hardware as an experimental commercialization strategy: challenges and potentialities

Pietari Matti Veikko Kauttu
This article discusses a recent knowledge transfer (KT) case of CERN flagship open source hardware (OSH) technology commercialization for high frequency trading time stamping purposes. The case seems at first sight as KT success story par excellence: it enables viable business model without eroding market prices, increases the industrial innovation adoption clockspeed, and the technical complexity and operational importance of the adopted technology are high. However, questions of development community engagement, and sustainability of the...

How to get rid of the Pyramid of Bureaucracy that tyrannises innovation?

This time the experimental innovation team of IdeaSquare navigates the seas of ecology, learning masters of architecture and sipping from the Fountain of Wisdom of ancient Egypt. Why? To help getting rid of pyramids… not the Egyptian ones but those that tyrannise innovation.

Future states: design and science for sustainability

Nicholas De Leon, Qian Sun, Tuuli Utriainen, Markus Nordberg & Ronald Jones
In 2017 CERN IdeaSquare collaborated with the Royal College of Art, London to explore how an interdisciplinary approach to innovation that combines science, technology, design and business might address the global sustainability challenges as embodied in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030. This collaboration examined how an interdisciplinary design led model of innovation that fuses design thinking with scientific discovery, could enable the innovative and potentially disruptive technologies from CERN to address the world’s most...

Supporting the creative process from data

Juan Carlos Quiñones Gómez
Today, interest in the analysis of cognitive activities related to creativity has become a critical interdisciplinary topic. The need for effective means for the use of data management and analysis in design is growing. As a tool to assist designers in the early stages of design, there have been discussed the effects of considering the integration of big data via the data-driven design model within the creative process of new product development. In this way,...

Making sense of failure to support experimental innovation: a case study of a financial services information system

Marta Gasparin, William Green & Christophe Schinckus
Experiments have been somehow neglected in innovation literature. In this paper, we propose the analysis of a case of an IT project, which was constructed as an experiment and it was built as a reaction to the failure of developing a system based on the conventional modes. We use the theory of sensemaking and sensegiving in analysing historical documents to demonstrate that making sense of failure can lead to the success of an experiment. Thus,...

Experimenting with innovation processes: the case of reinventing a museum through collaboration

Marine Agogué & Anna Yström
This paper explores how experimenting with collaborative processes contributes to reinventing the purpose and practices of an organization. Based on a case study of the Insectarium of Montréal, we focus on the 2-year collaborative process orchestrated by the director, involving employees, experts and visitors. Our findings show several organizational implications of engaging in this type of experimentation: specifically, beyond enabling the collective generation of new ideas, experimenting through collaboration is an excellent opportunity to renew...

Experimenting with innovation in creative spaces

Matteo Vignoli, Elisa Mattarelli & Saku J. Mäkinen
This special issue is dedicated to the investigation of how people, teams, and organizations collaborate and experiment with innovative practices in different types of creative spaces and the challenges and opportunities they face in such contexts. The six papers of this special issue offer a comprehensive view of creative spaces by providing variegated perspectives, case studies, and evidence on exemplary experimentations within them.

Soap bubbles and flying to the moon

This time the experimental innovation team at IdeaSquare explores the science (and excitement) behind soap bubbles seeking for keys to achieve “order of magnitude jumps” in projects.

Open hardware as an experimental innovation platform: preliminary research questions and findings

Pietari Kauttu & Luis Felipe Murillo
In this article, we explore the concept of Open Hardware (OH) as an experimental innovation platform to take a first step in the study of the institutional and sociotechnical conditions for fostering and advancing Free and Open Source projects at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN. For our purposes, OH will be described as a highly adaptable platform for present and future research infrastructures. As part of the contemporary movement for “Open Science,” OH...

OBI - Developing an idea sharing platform for online collaboration and distributed student projects

Joona Juhani Kurikka
Online Base Innovation (OBI) is a development project to create and test a scalable online platform to support globally distributed learning, collaboration and concept development. OBI development is coordinated by IdeaSquare, an innovation experiment at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. This paper will focus on defining the initial steps and structure for setting up a comprehensive online collaboration platform to support multidisciplinary development projects, and also to optimize the learning experience and collaboration...

Perceived difficulty of design thinking activities in co-located and remote environments

Tuuli Utriainen
What kinds of challenges do teams face when engaged in design thinking in co-located and remote working environments? This paper demonstrates the perceived difficulty of different design activities and how they compare to one another. A framework comprising nine individual design activities is used to map out experiences of six multicultural, distributed student design teams. The results illustrate how decision-making is perceived as one of the most difficult activities. Shifts in ranking between environments are...

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