CFI investigates potential relevance of frugal innovations for Austria

Austrian Council

CFI has initiated a project to investigate the potential relevance of frugal innovations for Austria in cooperation with the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development. The project seeks to examine the potential relevance of innovative products, services, processes and technologies aimed at achieving „affordable excellence“ for Austrian enterprises in the backdrop of shifting centers of economic growth, changes in consumer behavior, global societal challenges and last-but-not-least the increasing resource-constraints.

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CFI untersucht potenzielle relevanz frugaler Innovationen für Österreich

Austrian CouncilDer österreichische Rat für Forschung und Technologieentwicklung (Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development) hat ein Forschungsvorhaben initiiert, um gemeinsam mit dem Center for Frugal Innovation der Technischen Universität Hamburg die potenzielle gesellschaftspolitische Relevanz und Bedeutung frugaler Innovationen für Österreich zu untersuchen. Ein besonderer Fokus der Studie liegt auf der nachhaltigen Sicherung der globalen Wettbewerbsfähigkeit österreichischer Unternehmen (insbesondere KMU). Im Mittelpunkt der Studie stehen die folgenden Fragestellungen:

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„Frugal Innovation in Scholarly and Social Discourse“: New Paper on Trends and Societal Implications

Tiwari_et_al_2016_Frugal_Innovation_BMBF_ITA_CoverAs a part of our joint BMBF-ITA project with Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy (MOEZ) in Leipzig we have published a new paper to assess trends and potential societal implications of frugal innovation by analyszing scholarly and social discourse.Apart from this the paper also reports results of our workshop held in Hamburg on January 12, 2016 to assess the potentials of frugal innovation in the specific context of Germany. The publication details are as follows:

Frugal Innovation in Scholarly and Social Discourse: An Assessment of Trends and Potential Societal Implications

Authored by: Rajnish Tiwari a, Luise Fischer b and Katharina Kalogerakis a

a Center for Frugal Innovation, Institute for Technology and Innovation Management, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Hamburg, Germany

b Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy (MOEZ), Leipzig, Germany


The topic of frugal innovation is increasingly gaining relevance in social as well as scholarly discourse. Frugal innovations have been perceived by many to be a phenomenon generally confined to emerging economies where there are large groups of unserved consumers with unmet needs. But there is increasing evidence that this phenomenon is getting relevant also in the industrialized nations potentially affecting the long-term competitiveness of domestic firms not only overseas but also at home.

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