Symposium: “Frugal Innovation” und die Internationalisierung der FuE (Hamburg, 9./10. Oktober 2014)

August 28th, 2014

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“Frugal Innovation”
und die Internationalisierung der FuE

Hintergründe, Strategien, Fallstudien

Hamburg, 9./10. Oktober 2014

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New paper: “Global Innovation Strategies of German Hidden Champions in Key Emerging Markets”

July 1st, 2014

Working_Paper_85A new paper by Stephan Buse and Rajnish Tiwari of the Center for Frugal Innovation at the Hamburg University of Technology that examines product and market cultivation strategies employed by German mid-sized firms (“Mittelstand”) in the BRIC nations, especially China and India. The paper was preseneted at the XXV ISPIM Conference – Innovation for Sustainable Economy & Society, Dublin, Ireland on 8-11 June 2014.

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New paper: “Frugal innovation and analogies: some propositions for product development in emerging economies”

July 1st, 2014

Working_Paper_84A new paper that seeks to generate some preliminary insights on the use of inventive analogies in the process of creating frugal innovations. The paper has been authored by Rajnish Tiwari, Katharina Kalogerakis and Cornelius Herstatt and was presented at the recently-held R&D Management Conference (June 3-6, 2014) in Stuttgart.


Frugal products and services aim at satisfying the unsaturated demand of a large and growing middle class in many “emerging economies”. Although research has been conducted in regard to the strategic importance of frugal innovations, so far, the actual development process of such innovations has not been looked into in detail. Some examples show that inventive analogies are used to develop frugal innovations. For instance, the development of a frugal artificial heart was based on the heart structure of cockroaches, which led to a reduction of costs by 20 times.

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“Changing Dynamics of Lead Markets: A New Role for Emerging Economies as Innovation Hubs”

July 1st, 2014

An article by Rajnish Tiwari and Cornelius Herstatt, published in The European Financial Review, issue April/May 2014, pp. 69-72.

Lead markets play a crucial role in the global diffusion of innovations. Innovative firms actively seek access to such markets whilst policy makers, especially in Europe, have attempted to foster lead markets by concerted policy measures. Below, Rajnish Tiwari and Cornelius Herstatt suggest that the conventional wisdom on the emergence and functioning of lead markets needs a rethink to better reflect the changing dynamics in the global economy, and argue that dynamic economic growth in largely unsaturated markets and increasing technological capabilities are letting new lead markets emerge in the developing world.

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Innovieren für preisbewusste Kunden: Analogieeinsatz als Erfolgsfaktor in Schwellenländern

October 21st, 2013
An artfical heart developed by IIT Kharagpur based on an analogy  to a cockroach's heart. Photo courtsey: Times of India
An artfical heart developed by IIT Kharagpur based on an analogy to a cockroach’s heart. Photo courtsey: Times of India

Neue Publikation vom Center for Frugal Innovation @TIM/TUHH: Ein neues Arbeitspapier von Rajnish Tiwari und Cornelius Herstatt (Working Paper No. 75, TIM/TUHH) untersucht den EInsatz von innovativen Produktanalogien in frugalen Innovationsprojekten und kommt zum Schluss, “dass frugale Innovationen aufgrund der hohen Bedeutung von Risikominimierung in Produktentwicklungsprojekten häufig eine größere Offenheit für externes Wissen und Analogien aus ihrer Umwelt aufweisen, und davon auch viel profitieren. Den interessierten (potenziellen) frugalen Innovatoren kann diese Methode daher zwecks Reduzierung von Entwicklungskosten und –risiken aber auch zur Steigerung der Prozesseffizient empfohlen werden. Nicht zuletzt zeigen die Fallstudien aber auch, dass der Analogieeinsatz in frugalen Innovationen wichtige Erkenntnisse fürs Management von Innovationsprojekten in nicht-frugalem Bereich liefern kann.”

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