Challenges and competencies of entrepreneurial leaders in driving innovation at DIY laboratories

Fida Ahmed, Christian Harrison*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Do-It-Yourself laboratories (DIY labs) are autonomous community-based science research spaces which facilitate creative experiments independently in an unstructured location. The research on do-it-yourself (DIY) laboratories is emerging and there remains various questions to answer about the structure, leadership style, innovation strategies, and environmental and public safety policies of DIYs. Keeping in view various challenges of DIY labs, this study theoretically highlights the challenges of DIY labs and competencies required for DIY leaders in coping with challenges and driving innovation. Drawing on existing literature of entrepreneurial leadership competencies, this paper proposes a comprehensive entrepreneurial leadership competency model comprising personal, functional, interpersonal, technological, ethical, and environmental competencies. This study offers insights into the relationship of entrepreneurial leadership and DIY innovation, thus laying a foundation for further research in this domain. The competency model proposed in this study helps individuals to understand and learn the capabilities of becoming more effective DIY entrepreneurial leaders and foster innovation and creativity in DIY labs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-1146
Number of pages15
JournalTechnology Analysis & Strategic Management
Issue number10
Early online date29 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • entrepreneurship
  • leadership
  • entrepreneurial leadership
  • DIY innovation
  • laboratories


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