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How everybody met the(ir) Makers – Pecha Kucha #27

Pecha Kucha Night is always fast, eye-opening, exciting and close to an adrenaline rush in a vaguely academic (even if partially industrious this time around) sense. Keeping a track of it successfully would work if you had super-fast internet speeds, … Continue reading

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Case Studies of Systematic Innovation

While talk of innovation in India seems to focus largely on Jugaad and Frugal Innovation, those examples don’t give you the complete story. Systematic, routinized innovation can also be found in India, even though examples of these can be hard … Continue reading

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Innovation and the Modern Indian Conglomerate

A report, now several years old, written by my friend Kristen Bound describes India as an uneven innovator. I’ve been thinking about that characterization over the last several weeks as I’ve met with senior-middle managers in several corporations in India, … Continue reading

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Why India needs to think bigger than jugaad

I came across a blog post by Idris Mootee, a business strategist and innovation specialist, that talks about the severe limitations of the whole jugaad discourse, which has now almost developed into an obsession. Mootee writes, Let’s start with the … Continue reading

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Video: Imagining India as an Innovation Society

Watch this brief video summary of the third panel at the last Design Public Conclave, held in New Delhi on April 20th, 2012. The discussion focused on the current state of innovation in India, it’s over-dependence on less sophisticated innovation … Continue reading

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A Story About the Aakash and India’s Tech Industry

All last year, we heard about the Aakash tablet and how India had created history by producing the world’s cheapest tablet computer. Launched at the low price of $35 USD, it promised to transform India’s educational institutions by bringing computers … Continue reading

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Bottleneck Innovation in India

Just as I finished writing my piece on Jugaad and Frugal Innovation in India earlier this morning, I came across this blog article on bottlenecks in India and the lack of innovation therein. The author, Prasad, provides an amusing anecdote … Continue reading

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Leveraging Culture to Build Sustainable Businesses

Throughout its history, India has been the recipient of a wide variety of outside forces that have sought to transform and improve its culture in all manner of different ways, now more than ever. Its radical economic transformation since achieving … Continue reading

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India Needs to Innovate: James Crabtree interviews Anand Mahindra

I just re-watched this excellent Financial Times video interview where James Crabtree talks to Anand Mahindra about the state of innovation in India, where he talks about jugaad, frugal innovation, and ‘Indovation’ in general, especially his skepticism of so-called ‘Indian … Continue reading

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CKS’ Certificate in Innovation Management

With Shreya Anand On the 19th of April 2012, the Center for Knowledge Societies conducted its first Certificate in Innovation Management (CIM), an innovation training workshop designed to provide an introduction to a basic theory and practice of innovation. The … Continue reading

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