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Why affordability is not enough in attracting poorer customers

People at the 'Bottom of the Pyramid' seek products and services that are ‘aspirational’ and not only low-cost, says article in Stanford Social Innovation Review co-authored by Professor Jaideep Prabhu of Cambridge Judge. Professor Jaideep Prabhu Firms seeking customers in…

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Khaleej Times: The long read: Recycling nostalgia

Jaideep Prabhu, Professor of Marketing at Cambridge Judge Business School, comments on the red phone booths in the UK and how they’re getting a new life. “Now I see the red booths being put to very good and creative use…

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More with less

Coronavirus pandemic has boosted frugal innovation around the world in both developed and developing countries, says Professor Jaideep Prabhu, in a webinar for the What's Next? How to Survive and Thrive in a Post COVID-19 World series. Here's an opportunity…

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Quicker response in a crisis

"Frugal innovation" can help governments respond better to the COVID-19 pandemic, says article co-authored by Professor Jaideep Prabhu in Stanford Social Innovation Review. The concept of "frugal innovation" can help governments and civil society organisations around the world respond better…

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India Today: Five books every student needs to read in lockdown to boost their career success

A book co-authored by Cambridge Judge Business School academics is on the list every student should read during the pandemic according to India Today. “Jugaad Innovation” co-authored by Professor Jaideep Prabhu, Navi Radjou and Simone Ahuja looks at a frugal…

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Frugal innovation

Professor Jaideep Prabhu says that doing more with less makes sense – whatever your location. On 26 January 2001, an earthquake of magnitude 7.9 hit Gujarat, India, killing over 25,000 people. Mansukhbhai Prajapati, a rural potter, escaped with his life…

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BBC: The non-stop problem solver who loves to invent

"I like to make [people] a little more comfortable with themselves, or a little independent," says Uddhab Bharali who over 30 years has created more than 140 inventions. Mr Bharali uses locally available materials for his low-cost innovations, or in…

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Forbes: If Twitter offers you 280 characters just say no

An article on Twitter’s plan for a higher character limit says Twitter’s “original constraint” is akin to what frugal innovation stands for – doing more with limited resources. The article features the 2014 book Frugal Innovation: How to Do More…

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BBC World Service: The secrets of jugaad

Jaideep Prabhu, Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business and Enterprise at Cambridge Judge Business School, discusses jugaad innovation and how it can solve problems. Jaideep says India is like a lab for frugal innovation as it has the whole ecosystem…

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How ‘frugal innovation’ can fight off inequality

Inequality is the defining social, political and economic phenomenon of our time. Just 1% of the world's population now holds over 35% of all private wealth, more than the bottom 95% combined. Bad as this may seem, trends suggest that…

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