This paper describes a research-in-progress that explores how the information technology (IT)
governance mechanisms of Living Laboratories are associated with open innovation effectiveness. In
recent years Living Labs, which embody an open innovation milieu and open innovation approach,
have gained currency as representing a salient catalyst for Smart City research and development.
However, the current body of Living Lab research in conjunction with the fragmented isolated nature
of existing Living Labs dispersed across the European Union (EU), indicate that a lack of common
standardised IT governance procedures are currently being operationalised. While cross border pan
European Living Lab initiatives are emerging to rectify this issue, further research is warranted to
identify how varying IT governance mechanisms are impacting the effectiveness of open innovation
processes. Therefore, the main contribution of this paper is the development of a conceptual
framework that seeks to identify how Living Lab open innovation ecosystems can establish effective IT
governance and identify what types of IT governance capabilities are believed to be relevant to Living
Lab open innovation effectiveness.
This work was supported, in part, by Science Foundation Ireland grant 10/CE/I1855 to Lero - the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre (www.lero.ie).