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FabLabs & Frugal Innovation : Impacts on innovation management

Goal: As the concept of Frugal Innovation is growing, the business area is getting closer to the maker movement and especially to the FabLabs. The aim of my research is to analyse the stakes of those collaborations in terms of innovations management and knowledges transferts.

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Constance Garnier
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EN : FabLabs and collaborative dynamics : the case study of Artilect This paper examines the solutions Fablabs may offer to maintain strong synergies within their communities while scaling up. An ethnographic study based on a research and action approach in the FabLab Artilect, highlights the centralization of collaboration forms and the existence of two antagonistic social dynamics. The authors present an analysis of the ongoing social dynamics and the interactions forms by using the concept of “communities of practices” as a powerful heuristic to observe organizational dynamics. Going beyond the risks shared with numerous makerspaces constantly adapting their business models as well as the lack of internal skills in project management, they identify new management forms implemented to support the community dynamics which represents the main lever of the value creation. FR: Ce papier interroge la façon dont les FabLabs peuvent maintenir des synergies fortes au sein de leurs communautés lorsque des changements d’échelle s’opèrent. Une étude ethnographique menée dans une démarche de recherche action dans le Fablab Artilect, met en avant la centralisation des formes de collaboration et l’existence de deux dynamiques sociales antagonistes. Les auteurs analysent ces dynamiques et les formes d’interaction, en mobilisant le concept de « communauté de pratique » en tant qu’heuristique puissante pour observer les dynamiques organisationnelles. Ils identifient au-delà des risques partagés par de nombreux makerspaces confrontés à adapter leur modèle économique et au manque ou absence de compétences internes en management de projet, les pistes managériales mises en œuvre visant à ménager la dynamique communautaire, levier de la création de valeur
Constance Garnier
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As the concept of Frugal Innovation is growing, the business area is getting closer to the maker movement and especially to the FabLabs. The aim of my research is to analyse the stakes of those collaborations in terms of innovations management and knowledges transferts.