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Frugal Innovation

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4 weeks
149 USD
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4 weeks
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Course description

Frugal Innovation

Ever since 1970, every day we consume more resources of the earth than it can produce. So much so, that in 2019, we had consumed the entire year's resource by July 29th, the earth overshoot day of that year. But there is a disparity here. There are some countries that consume their resources in just two to three months. These are mostly among the developed nations, overspending the resources, while there are other populations in the underdeveloped world, mostly in Asia, Africa and Latin America who are not able to meet their needs. The recent developments in the world including the pandemic crisis have once again drawn our notice to the grievous exploitation of natural resources by human beings and its fatal consequences.

Frugal innovation (FI), defined as "doing more with less for more (people)" (Prabhu, 2017), offers a solution to both these problems. Since frugal innovations include substantial cost reduction, concentrate on core functionalities, and optimized performance levels" (Weyrauch & Herstatt, 2017, p. 12), they reduce resource consumption and make the products available at a lower cost. Thus they serve the population at the bottom of the pyramid and also serve environmental purposes. Frugal innovations are necessary for the future of this world and for serving societal purposes. Large corporates today are turning to such innovations due to these reasons and also because it gives them a cost advantage and a much bigger market to serve.

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Who should attend?


It is expected that learners have a fundamental understanding of innovation and its processes.

Training content

Module 1- Introduction

  • Definition and examples of frugal innovation
  • The five defining factors of frugal innovation: Simplicity, affordability, sustainability, quality and purpose

Module 2- The Importance of Frugal Innovation

  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Serving environmental purposes
  • Serving societal purposes

Module 3- Various models of innovation in constrained environments resource

  • Jugaad
  • Bricolage
  • Reverse Innovation
  • Cost innovation
  • Grassroot innovation

Module 4 - Sources of frugal innovation

  • The perception of scarcity as an opportunity
  • Desire to do more with less (Dissatisfaction with Status Quo)
  • Desire to Serve Society
  • Desire to serve the environment
  • Principles of simplicity and flexibility
  • Close connection with consumers

Module 5- Integrating frugal innovation processes in your

  • organization
  • Self-work for executives
  • Action planning

Course delivery details

This course is offered through State Bank of India, a partner institute of EdX.

1-2 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$149
  • Audit Track - Free

Certification / Credits

What you'll learn

What is frugal innovation- its definition and description with various examples.

The advantages and significance of frugal innovation.

  • The impact of FI on the environment
  • The positive societal impact of FI
  • The cost-effectiveness advantage
  • The competitive advantage

Various concepts that may be closely associated with FI

Where do Fls emerge from

How to integrate frugal innovation processes in your organization

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