https://doi.org/10.24928/2021/0176

Living Labs in a Lean Perspective

Joao Soliman-Junior1, Samira Awwal2, Marcelle Engler Bridi3, Patricia Tzortzopoulos4, Ariovaldo Denis Granja5, Lauri Koskela6 & Danilo Gomes7

1Research Assistant, Innovative Design Lab (IDL), University of Huddersfield, UK, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0002-8089-8628
2PhD Student, Innovative Design Lab (IDL), University of Huddersfield, UK, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0001-7771-1511
3PhD Student, Laboratory for Construction Management Research (LAGERCON), University of Campinas, Brazil, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0003-4317-5938
4Professor, Innovative Design Lab (IDL), University of Huddersfield, UK, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0002-8740-6753
5Associate Professor, Laboratory for Construction Management Research (LAGERCON), University of Campinas, Brazil, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0002-2964-5609
6Professor, Innovative Design Lab (IDL), University of Huddersfield, UK, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0003-4449-2281
7Senior Lecturer, Innovative Design Lab (IDL), University of Huddersfield, UK, [email protected], orcid.org/0000-0002-1963-392X

Abstract

Living Labs (LLs) consist of social and dynamic environments that enable end-users and stakeholders to collaborate towards an innovation. This paper presents the concept of LLs and analysis on how it can foster communication and collaboration from a lean perspective. Key concepts, such as co-creation, common ground, shared understanding and boundary objects are discussed in relation to LLs. The paper highlights the synergies between LLs and lean, including the focus on users’ needs and values, the use of participatory approaches and early inclusion of stakeholders in the decision-making process, for example. There is however lack of clarity in the literature regarding the concept of LLs and, hence, there is a need for future empirical research to enable a better understanding of the synergies between Living Labs and lean.

Keywords

Living labs, co-creation, common ground, shared understanding, boundary objects

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Reference

Soliman-Junior, J. , Awwal, S. , Bridi, M. E. , Tzortzopoulos, P. , Granja, A. D. , Koskela, L. & Gomes, D. 2021, 'Living Labs in a Lean Perspective' In:, Proc. 29th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Lima, Peru, 14-16 Jul 2021. pp 484-493

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