Creating and Capturing Value: A Consumer Perspective on Frugal Innovations in Water and Energy in East Africa

R.J. Howell

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)

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Abstract

Frugal innovation emphasizes the reduced use of resources and cutting of costs through the process of innovating around constraints. However, how innovating around constraints leads to profitable (value creation) businesses and local economic development impact (value capture) is still unclear. Early frugal innovation literature assumed that a reduction in cost would be a means to reach low income consumers. Yet, many companies in emerging markets are not reaching their intended low income customer group. Most early frugal innovation literature was conceptual and case study based with most case studies being from India and Asia. Additionally, frugal innovation literature focused more on the design process and less on the consumer and what drives decision making of frugal innovations.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
Supervisors/Advisors
  • van Beers, C.P., Supervisor
  • Knorringa, P, Supervisor, External person
  • Doorn, N., Supervisor
Award date17 Mar 2021
Print ISBNs978-94-6419-165-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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