Innovation Lab

Sponsored by the Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM) and driven by an international network of researchers, the Innovation Lab Initiative started parallel in Germany, Denmark and the UK in 2006. The uniqueness of the Innovation Lab lies in the strong international network of academics working together with practitioners from multiple leading companies of different sizes as well as from different countries and industries. We have begun to build this international network in which we – researchers and companies – can share our experiences about innovation management in unstable environments.

Our aim is to collaboratively identify and explore best practices to deal with this challenge.


The first three years of our project were focused on the key questions of searching for, selecting, and implementing innovations. In national workshops, innovation managers and academics still meet regularly to share relevant experiences and scientific approaches. Along the way, genuine research is conducted on a wide, international database.


It is the aim of the Innovation Lab to foster a growing, interactive community of researchers and practitioners that creates and shares state-of-the-art knowledge about innovation management.


The Innovation Lab has spread around the world as more and more countries have joined the initiative. Until to date, more than ten European countries belong to the initiative and further countries from other continents have joined (e.g. Australia, Tunisia) also. Each of the countries organizes national workshops, networking events, and site visits, amongst others.


Once a year, the International Innovation Lab Conference gives the opportunity for broader exchange across the diverse national labs in order to build on each other’s results and to ultimately integrate experiences and knowledge.


Our activities are designed to have strong impact on business practice by offering:


  • ·         access to latest thinking in innovation research
  • ·         open space for cross-boundary exchange
  • ·         restricted access to invited participants only
  • ·         international networking, joint learning and
  • ·         the potential to build a strong »community of practice

The Book

This book is based on the findings, issues and questions related to an ongoing decade-old research project named The Discontinuous Innovation Lab (DI-Lab). The research project focuses on discontinuous innovation in more than thirteen countries, most of which are European, and provides useful insights into its different challenges.
It also raises several questions related to the subject, some of which are: How do firms pick up weak signals on emerging - and possibly radically different - innovation? What should firms do when these weak signals hit their mainstream process? What are the criteria for allocating resources to a strategic innovation project? What actions should firms take to avoid being left out by the corporate immune system? And how should firms organize projects that often break existing rules and require new rules to be created?
This book attempts to provide answers to the above-mentioned questions by gathering information from the research project and also from firms that have tried exploring various ideas, models and insights to tackle discontinuous innovation. Written in a simple and accessible manner, this book will be of interest to both practitioners and academics alike.