Frugal Innovation: A Global Research Companion

1st Edition

Adela J McMurray, Gerrit A de Waal

December 16, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 312 Pages - 36 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367132842 - CAT# K409441
Series: Routledge Studies in Innovation, Organizations and Technology

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Customers are increasingly seeking "low-cost, high-quality" or what is known as frugal products that meet the buyer’s needs while reducing the associated cost of ownership. This book examines the developing principles and theories of frugal innovations across the globe.

The authors identify frugal innovation (FI) using a multi-method approach to data analysis. They argue that the concept of frugality as a societal/ethical value has undergone several changes and propose a differentiated model of frugal innovations. They address frugal innovations that have never been accessible to the public. Hands-on case studies across multiple industry sectors and countries, supported by theory, provide multiple learning opportunities. The authors explore the relationship between FI and digitalization and technology, and discuss how FI can be applied in the context of contemporary issues such as food security. Further, they articulate the mechanisms by which FI beliefs and values can be incorporated into organizational culture. The final chapters address both ethical and controversial views of frugal innovation.

The book is a valuable resource for students in business courses, for industry professionals wanting to improve their triple bottom line, and for educators wanting to influence and change the mind-sets of the younger generations to effectively deal with today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.

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