Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.15480/882.1738
Publisher URL: https://cgi.tu-harburg.de/~timab/tim/content/2-forschung/2-publikationen/3-arbeitspapiere/arbeitspapier-105/working_paper_105.pdf
Title: What pathways lead to frugal innovation? : Some insights on modes & routines of frugal, technical inventions based on an analysis of patent data in German auto components industry
Language: English
Authors: Tiwari, Rajnish  
Bergmann, Stephan 
Editors: Technische Universität Hamburg (TUHH), Institut für Technologie- und Innovationsmanagement 
Keywords: Frugal Innovation;Techno-entrepreneurship;Frugal Invention;Patent Analysis;Auto Components;Germany;Simplification
Issue Date: Sep-2018
Publisher: Institute for Technology and Innovation Management
Part of Series: Working Paper // Technologie- und Innovationsmanagement, Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg = Arbeitspapier 
Volume number: 105
Abstract (english): Frugal innovations, i.e. affordable products and services with appropriately good quality, are getting increasingly important for securing long-term competitiveness in both, the developing world and in industry nations. Nevertheless, ensuring actual implementation of technology-driven frugal inventions remains an under-researched area. This study investigates modes and routines employed by techno-entrepreneurs from industry nations when innovating frugally. The study is based on the patent data of seven auto component sector firms from Germany with a documented history of contributing cost-effective solutions to frugal vehicles. With the help of a keyword analysis we identify the role of frugality in (patented) technical inventions. Select case studies of frugal inventions show that cost effectiveness and environmental sustainability can be often achieved by simplification of design and production process, as well as by eliminating avoidable complexity, e.g. through standardization. The study shows that frugal inventions in the investigated firms are often driven by individual inventors, while potentials of open global innovation networks are under-utilized. Furthermore, the study shows that frugality can (only) be achieved by a holistic approach that encompasses the entire value chain, including logistics and waste management. The results are potentially beneficial for techno-entrepreneurs across industry sectors and product domains.
URI: http://tubdok.tub.tuhh.de/handle/11420/1741
DOI: 10.15480/882.1738
Institute: Technologie- und Innovationsmanagement W-7 
Type: ResearchPaper
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