During the life of the Innovation Labs we have been supported by a wide range of sponsors and we would like to acknowledge their help and facilitation here.

AIM_LOGO_Vector_ImageThe Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) Research was founded in October 2002 as a multi-council initiative of the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) – with activities at over 180 institutions in the UK and overseas. For details see

aim-practice-logoIts sister organization, AIM Practice, offers practical tools and techniques for managers and consultants. Find out more at

c7eecac6e4The Dr. Theo and Friedl Schoeller Foundation has been supporting research and teaching in the field of economics since 2002. The establishment of the Dr. Theo and Friedl Schoeller Research Center for Business and Society at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg strengthens the involvement in this specific area. The Dr. Theo and Friedl Schoeller Foundation was started in 1988 by Theo Schoeller in order to represent and preserve Theo’s and Friedl’s lifework in conjunction with the Schoeller Family Foundation. For details see


Pribilla-Schriftzug_thThe Peter Pribilla Foundation was established in July 2005 under the patronage of the Technische Universität München. The foundation supports collaborative research and academic teaching in the fields of innovation and leadership, in accordance with the spirit of Peter Pribilla’s distinguished career. In a world holding too much varied information, the ambition of the foundation is to enhance personal contacts between business people and academics for the purpose of creating mutual understanding. The foundation also supports publications that highlight promising new ideas in the context of innovation and leadership. For details see


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.