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Harnessing innovation for change: sustainability and poverty in developing countries

Khavul, Susanna and Bruton, Garry D. (2012) Harnessing innovation for change: sustainability and poverty in developing countries. Journal of Management Studies, 50 (2). pp. 285-306. ISSN 0022-2380

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2012.01067.x

Abstract

To date, a well-developed business perspective on how to promote sustainability for those in poverty is sorely lacking. For sustainability enhancing innovations in developing countries, poverty presents unique challenges. In this paper, we argue that if sustainability enhancing innovations introduced in developing countries are to stick, they need to be designed with local customers, networks, and business ecosystems in mind. We illustrate this view using case examples from mobile telephony, fuel efficient stoves, clean drinking water, and household electrification. Our paper underscores the need for today's managers to understand poverty as an integral part of the sustainability nexus and the new international business equation.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28...
Additional Information: © 2012 The Authors Journal of Management Studies © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and Society for the Advancement of Management Studies
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Sets: Departments > Management
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2014 15:23
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 04:47
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/56610

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