Investigating Frugality and Innovation in Japan

TUHH and TokyoTech collaborate with support of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) to investigate relevance of frugal innovations in the context of Japan

Group photo (L2R): R. Tiwari, M. Tsujimoto and C. Herstatt

Group photo (L2R): R. Tiwari, M. Tsujimoto and C. Herstatt at TokyoTech (Tamachi Campus)

The Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) via its Center for Frugal Innovation at the Institute for Technology and Innovation Management, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology (TokyoTech) via its Department of Technology and Innovation Management at School of Environment and Society (Tamachi Campus), have decided to join hands to conduct joint research to investigate the phenomenon of frugal innovation in the Japanese context. At first, a preliminary research is being conducted with support from JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) to generate initial impressions and take stock of the status-quo of frugal innovations in Japan. A mid-term objective is to conduct comparative studies between Germany and Japan with the objective of enabling mutual learnings. Continue reading

A case of frugal organizational innovation in governance!?

By: Rajnish Tiwari

Just noticed an interesting news item from India in The Economic Times of Oct. 22, 2014. The government has decided to put all replies to queries filed under the „Right to Information“ (RTI) act online so that not only the person/organization having filed the query receives the information, but any interested person worldwide.

According to the report:

„Starting next month [i.e. Novemebr 2014], all replies given under RTI by ministries will be posted online, available for access to all and not just to persons seeking the information. This will mean unprecedented scale of disclosure and cheer transparency advocates […]. Until now, only the person filing the RTI application seeking replies from a ministry or a government department would get the reply and that too mostly via post.“

I imgaine that this move could be proably seen as a frugal innovation – an organizational innovation in the sense of the OECD/Eurostat definition of what an innovation is. By employing a high-tech/Internet-based solution the govt. can combat corruption while being able to dissemniate relevant information of public interest worldwide for almost no additional costs.

Read the complete news report: „Narendra Modi government takes RTI to another level: All replies to be put online“ (Oct. 22, 2014), accessed: Nov. 2, 2014.

Imperative of Frugal Innovations for Emerging Markets and Beyond

A Report on the Schmalenbach-TUHH Symposium

 By: Dr. Rajnish Tiwari
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A group photo of symposium participants / photo: TIM-TUHH/Göldner

On the 9th and 10th October 2014 a well-received symposium on the topic of frugal innovation was held at the premises of Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH). The symposium, carrying the title „Frugal Innovation“ und die Internationalisierung der FuE: Hintergründe, Strategien, Fallstudien (English title: “Frugal Innovation and the Internationalization of R&D: Backgrounds, Strategies and Case Studies”) was organized by the Working Group on Innovation Management of the Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft e.V. (hereafter SG) in collaboration with the Center for Frugal Innovation (hereafter CFI) of TUHH. The symposium with close to 45 participants from the industry and academia was well-attended and saw some very interesting contributions by invited speakers. The insights generated here through a unique setting of business/academia interaction can potentially push the envelope of research and help expand the currently limited understanding of frugal innovations.

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TUHH-Artikel: „Mit bescheidenen Mitteln effiziente Lösungen finden“

Auf dem Weg hin zur Entwicklung frugaler Produkte begleiten TUHH-Wirtschaftswissenschaftler interessierte Unternehmen

Frugal. Was der Duden dazu schreibt

„Frugal leitet sich her aus dem Lateinischen. Frugalis bedeutet zu den Früchten gehörig und fruchtig. Im Alltag bezieht sich das eher selten genutzte Adjektiv im Besonderen auf das Leben allgemein, Essen und Trinken, das als frugal beschrieben durch Einfach- und Bescheidenheit besticht. Als mögliche Synonyme bietet der Duden u.a. an: anspruchslos, ärmlich, armselig, bescheiden, einfach, genügsam, karg, kärglich, kümmerlich, puritanisch, schlicht, spärlich, spartanisch.“

Weniger ist mehr. Diese Lebensphilosophie der Bescheidenheit ist auf dem Weg zu einem erfolgversprechenden Verkaufsmodell in Schwellenländern wie Indien und China. Mit einfachen, aber guten, sprich frugalen Produkten, wollen sich deutsche Unternehmen in Schwellenländern positionieren. Bisher jedoch gelingt es nur wenigen von ihnen, ihre gewohnt hohen Qualitätsstandards zu reduzieren und mit einem erschwinglichen und gleichzeitig funktionalen, robusten Produkt Kaufinteresse zu wecken.

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Schmalenbachgesellschaft und TUHH organisieren Symposium zum Thema „Frugal Innovation“

Innovationskugel 120x120Symposium

„Frugal Innovation“
und die Internationalisierung der FuE

Hintergründe, Strategien, Fallstudien

Hamburg, 9./10. Oktober 2014

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