The handoff is the break point for the broad success of innovation lab projects. It’s part of the reason Nordstrom shut their famous lab down and absorbed the staff into the broader IT organization. There are other ways to deal with the challenge — spin off the labs team into a new business unit and replenish the staff in the lab is an example of that. Regardless of how you handle it, be prepared to watch many promising ideas languish if you’re not prepared to deal proactively with The Handoff.

Source: Where Innovation Labs Fail: The Handoff – Neo Innovation