Diy laboratories, their practices, and challenges – a systematic literature review

Dzandu, M.D. and Pathak, B. 2021. Diy laboratories, their practices, and challenges – a systematic literature review. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management. 33 (10), pp. 1242-1254. https://doi.org/10.1080/09537325.2021.1968373

TitleDiy laboratories, their practices, and challenges – a systematic literature review
TypeJournal article
AuthorsDzandu, M.D. and Pathak, B.
Abstract

The last two decades have seen a growing literature worldwide on do-it-yourself (DiY) laboratories driving informal innovation. However, there is a limited account of the state-of-the-art DiY literature to the emergence of DiY laboratories or of the challenges, strategies for its diffusion and success. This study, therefore, aims to understand the state-of-the-art of DiY laboratories. Using the systematic literature review approach, 29 articles are analysed. The results revealed that the main purpose of publications on DiY laboratories was geared towards showcasing informal innovation. Most of the studies used the case study methodology and most were underpinned by theories from innovation literature. The success factors identified for DiY laboratories include personal motivation and the desire to create a business, whilst their emergence was driven by the need for extra income, experimenting with new ideas and the pursuit of hobbies outside formal work settings. Key challenges faced by DiY laboratories include economic and marketing factors, especially access to finance to scale up their innovations. The strategies used by DiY laboratories to diffuse their innovations are social networking, partnerships with bigger tech firms and selling off their innovations to investors. The study outlines the implications for practitioners, entrepreneurs, and government, and makes recommendations.

KeywordsManagement Science and Operations Research
Strategy and Management
JournalTechnology Analysis & Strategic Management
Journal citation33 (10), pp. 1242-1254
ISSN0953-7325
1465-3990
Year2021
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Publisher's version
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09537325.2021.1968373
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1080/09537325.2021.1968373
Publication dates
Published online20 Aug 2021
Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Page range1-13

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