The University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research – iLabs – is housed within the University’s College of Business.
iLabs, a research institute established in 2006, is dedicated to advancing the understanding of corporate, entrepreneurial, and institutional innovation and its impact on economic development.
iLabs emphasizes the study of practices and processes that foster the identification and exploitation of opportunities that culminate in the creation of value for organizations and their stakeholders. Research is conducted through direct observation of organizational practices via interviews and site visits, behavioral and economic experiments, quantitative modeling, and survey research. Resources include faculty and staff experienced in experiments, data collection and analysis, and innovation issues. iLabs’ infrastructure includes web and database servers that support online experiments, quantitative and qualitative data gathering, large scale data modeling, and other specialty websites.