Emerging patterns of Grassroots Innovations: results of a conceptual study based on selected cases from India

Anup Karath Nair, Rajnish Tiwari, Stephan Buse

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Among all the innovation strategies that seek to impact developing economies, Grassroots Innovation remains the least explored. With critics of Bottom of the Pyramid literature articulating the need for considering the poor as producers, a better understanding of the grassroots phenomenon may help companies to understand and integrate the Grassroots Innovation strategy into their business models and thereby allowing the poor to become producers of products and solutions. This study examines the dimensions and trends, which make Grassroots Innovations unique, as well as factors which govern and influence them. The study is based on in-depth case studies which were gathered during field work with the National Innovation Foundation in India. The data illustrates how factors like education, age, occupation and sector influence the triggers and the outcomes of Grassroots Innovations. It also demonstrates how individuals, institutions and firms could collaborate to commercialize these products and solutions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLead Market India
Subtitle of host publicationKey Elements and Corporate Perspectives for Frugal Innovations
EditorsCornelius Herstatt, Rajnish Tiwari
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9783319463902
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2016

Publication series

NameIndia Studies in Business and Economics
ISSN (Print)2198-0012


  • Grassroots Innovations
  • bottom of the pyramid
  • India
  • innovation bricolage
  • frugal innovation
  • commercialisation
  • commercialization
  • developing economies


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