Posts Tagged ‘Open Innovation’

Innovation strategies of selected German multinationals in India

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Recently, René Neukirchner, student at TUHH carried out a study of “Innovation strategies of selected German multinationals in India” under the aegis of Research Project Global Innovation. The study carried out under supervision of Rajnish Tiwari was presented at the September meeting of German-Indian Round Table in Hamburg:

“On this occasion Mr. René Neukirchner, student at Hamburg University of Technology, will present results of a study of innovation strategies pursued by some of the largest German companies in India, which include BASF, Bosch, Daimler, SAP and Siemens. The study looks at a unique combination of “global innovation” with “open innovation”. It examines which projects are being pursued by those firms and to what extent they are engaged in research collaboration with local Indian partners. The underlying idea is to learn from such strategies and to reduce market risk and technology uncertainty.”

Those interested may download the study results as PDF, approx. 2 MB.

Special Lecture: “Innovation Process Management in Japan”

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Professor Akio Nagahira of the Tohoku University (Sendai/Japan) and Visiting Professor TUHH (GIM-Fellow) will deliver a guest talk on “Innovation Process Management in Japan – The Cases of Canon (B2C) and Omron (B2B)”.

The lecture will be delivered on Monday, July 9th, 2012 at Room 3.015, Building D, SBS 95 of TUHH. The talk begins at 13:30 hours and is expected to finish at 15:00 hours (including a Q&A session with Prof. Nagahira).

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“Innovationsstandort Indien”: Einladung zur Veranstaltung am 7. Mai 2012 in Hamburg

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Der German-Indian Round Table Hamburg lädt zu einem Vortragsabend zum Thema “Innovationsstandort Indien” ein. Dabei geht es umrechtliche, steuerliche und wirtschaftliche Rahmenbedingungen für Investitionen in innovative Industrien in Indien.

Die Veranstaltung findet in Zusammenarbeit mit den Unternehmen PricewaterhouseCoopers und Taylor Wessing statt. Herr Bernd Mützelburg (Botschafter a.D. der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Indien und Sonderbeauftragter a.D. für Afghanistan und Pakistan) hält einen Impulsvortrag. Zusätzlich hierzu gibt es Fachvorträge von Herrn Frank Quassowsky und Herrn Björn Delff (beide PwC), Herrn Dr. Philipp Manoj Behrendt (Taylor Wessing) und Herrn Rajnish Tiwari (GIRT/TUHH). Anschließend besteht bei einem Get-Together die Möglichkeit, sich in entspannter Antmosphäre mit den Referenten und anderen Teilnehmern auszutauschen.

Veranstaltungsort: Taylor Wessing, Hanseatic Trade Center, Am Sandtorkai 41, 20457 Hamburg

Datum/Uhrzeit: Montag, 7. Mai 2012, 18:00 bis ca. 20:00 Uhr mit anschließendem Get-Together

Weitere Infos und die Anmeldehinweise entnehmen Sie bitte dem beigefügten PDF-Dokument.

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Frugal Innovations for the ‘Unserved’ Customer: An Assessment of India’s Attractiveness as a Lead Market for Cost-effective Products

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

New publication from the Institute for Technology and Innovation Management, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)

Title: Frugal Innovations for the ‘Unserved’ Customer: An Assessment of India’s Attractiveness as a Lead Market for Cost-effective Products
Authored by: Rajnish Tiwari and Cornelius Herstatt
Publication date: March 2012


This study builds on our previous work, which had questioned the validity of certain assumptions of the lead market theory in the face of changing ground realities in a globalized world. Sustained economic growth and proven technological capabilities in some “emerging economies” like China and India call for a reassessment of the appropriateness of the “conventional wisdom” that had held true until recently. While our previous study had “re-built” a theoretical background of the lead market model by introducing some new elements, and doing away with certain others, with the help of two in-depth case studies; the purpose of the present study is to specifically assess India’s potential as a lead market for cost-effective frugal innovations.

The study crystallizes the inherent characteristics of frugal innovations, their development process and market success in the domestic and overseas markets by analyzing four successful product innovations from selected industries in India. The factors identified thus are then incorporated in the theoretic model to derive propositions about India’s lead market potential. Whereas affordability and economies of scale have traditionally constituted the primary concern for frugal innovations, an increasing shift towards “value proposition” is identified. Intensifying competition and growing customer aspirations are changing the nature of frugal innovations. The hitherto unserved customer demands attractive designs and modern technologies to come out of his shell of “non-consumption”. Our research confirms that frugal innovations can benefit end-consumers and firms, simultaneously. Better-designed products also have positive impact on the lead market potential, creating a virtuous cycle. The study also discovered that the increasing need for sophistication coupled with continued cost pressures is shifting the product development processes into the domain of “open global innovation”, which also helps reduce the negative country-of-origin effects faced by developing countries. The research would have implications for location decisions in setting up global innovation/R&D activities.

Keywords: Lead Markets; Frugal Innovations; India; Bottom of the Pyramid; Global Innovation; Open Innovation; Emerging Economies.

Science and technology: falling patent quality hits innovation, says OECD

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Source: OECD press release, dated 20.09.2011:

20/09/2011 – The quality of patent filings has fallen dramatically over the past two decades. The rush to protect even minor improvements in products or services is overburdening patent offices. This slows the time to market for true innovations and reduces the potential for breakthrough inventions, according to a new OECD report.

The Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2011finds that patent quality has declined by an average of around 20 per cent between the 1990s and 2000s, a pattern seen in nearly all countries studied.Studying patent quality in different sectors has also allowed the OECD to assess which countries are doing best in innovation. The United Kingdom, for example, produces semiconductor and environmental technology patents that are above average in quality.


Korea has a competitive advantage in ICT-related innovations. And Germany is strong at innovating in solar energy.

Patents from inventors in the United States, Germany and Japan are the most highly cited, which suggests they are true innovations being used by many firms in their products to generate further innovations.


But while these countries produced about 70% of the top 1% of highly cited patents between 1996 and 2000,  their share had fallen to 60% five years later.


The Nordic countries and China, India and Korea have seen their share increase of highly cited patents. The European Union is leading in clean energy technologies, representing nearly 40% of all filings by the late 2000s, followed by the US and Japan. In this area, China now ranks 8th worldwide.


The OECD report ranks research by universities worldwide. Overall, 40 of the top 50 are located in the United States, with the rest in Europe. But a more diverse picture emerges when looking at subject areas. In social sciences, for example, the UK leads with 16 of the top 50 institutions after the US. And there is growing evidence that universities in Asia are emerging as leading research institutions: China has 6 in the top 50 in pharmacology, toxicology and pharmaceutics. And Hong Kong University is among the best in computer science, engineering and chemistry.


The US leads the world in research and development (R&D), with around USD 400 billion of spending on R&D in 2009. China is today second, with over one third of that total, followed by Japan. The European Union as a whole spent about USD 300 billion in 2009.


The Scoreboard tracks trends in science, technology and industry to understand how innovation is evolving and how countries are positioning themselves in the global knowledge economy. It includes more than 180 internationally comparable quality indicators and provides a broad range of statistics for other major economies such as Brazil, China, India, and the Russian Federation.


The complete Scoreboard 2011 is available at and provides easy access to individual sections and links to the databases used. Each indicator is also downloadable in PDF format.


For further information about this report, please contact Alessandra Colecchia (tel. + 33 1 45 24 94 12), OECD’s Science, Technology and Industry Directorate.