Department of Management Studies

Innovation for poverty alleviation

Frugal innovations can help alleviate poverty.
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Poverty is a dire social problem globally. Innovative solutions for poverty alleviation are needed at many levels. Frugal innovations by businesses in resource-scarce environments are one promising approach.

Frugal water, energy, food or shelter innovations can improve the lives of underserved communities. But developing sustainable, system-level solutions requires co-creation and an inclusive approach. When partners from poor communities, NGOs, academia and governments co-create innovations, they are more likely to stick and provide higher benefits for all. We study and participate in such co-creative endeavours, seeking to tackle poverty and increase wellbeing.

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Energy transitions

Renewable energy production and storage technologies change the way we produce and use energy, do business with it, and innovate.

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Managing transition risks

The effective management of transition risks is crucial for the resilience of businesses in global value chains.

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Circular economy

Circular economy keeps materials in use longer using strategies like reuse, remanufacture, recycling, and replacing ownership with rentals.

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Innovation for sustainability

Innovating new sustainable products, services, business models and forms of consumption can help tackle global challenges.

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Corporate responsibility

Cross-national governance of businesses make ethical issues urgent.

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Transformational change and leadership

Quality of leadership matters in sustainable transitions.

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