Ivey Publishing
Challenges and Opportunities at the Protospace Makerspace
Product Number:
9B17M087
Publication Date:
06/07/2017
Revised Date:
09/18/2017
Length:
20 pages (8 pages of text)
Product Type:
Case (Field)
Source:
Ivey/Hill
In early 2017, the directors at Protospace, a makerspace in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, faced some challenges. The nine-year-old member-run organization operated as a “do-ocracy,” with a minimum of official oversight. However, the directors and some of the membership wondered whether Protospace could and should scale its growth by recruiting and accepting new members. Would a larger membership help or hinder the membership-driven makerspace? Should the organization hire a staff member so that members would have more time to work on their projects? What would be the implications of a having larger membership and a paid staff member?
Learning Objective:
This case is suitable for undergraduate, MBA, and executive classes in entrepreneurship, small business management, and non-profit management. After working through the case and assignment questions, students will be able to do the following:
  • Explain the alternative approach to innovation and product development represented by makerspaces.
  • Describe the unique opportunity to become involved in creating that is represented by makerspaces.
  • Identify the challenges faced by non-traditional organizations such as Protospace, and explain how a small member-run organization that operates as a “do-ocracy” can manage growth and culture in parallel.
    Issues:
    Disciplines:
    General Management/Strategy,  Entrepreneurship
    Industries:
    Manufacturing
    Setting:
    Canada, Medium, 2017
    Intended Audience:
    Undergraduate/MBA
    Price:
    $4.25 CAD / $4.25 USD Printed Copy
    $3.75 CAD / $3.75 USD Permissions
    $3.75 CAD / $3.75 USD Digital Download
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