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User innovation and entrepreneurship: Case studies from rural India

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posted on 17.07.2019, 00:00 by Vanita Yadav, P Goyal
Innovation research has abundant literature on technologically advanced innovations and entrepreneurship. However, literature from a rural innovator and entrepreneur perspective is sparse. Therefore, we explore rural user innovation and entrepreneurship in a developing country, India. Using multiple case study research method, we study cases of five rural user innovations in detail. These rural innovators innovated to alleviate the drudgery of their lives and to fulfill their need for a low-cost local solution to a widespread rural problem. They often face a resource void for commercializing their innovations and we find that external actors can play an enabling role in filling this void. The findings of our study help propose a framework for enabling rural innovation and entrepreneurship in developing countries like India. Further, in addition to poverty alleviation, we found that there was a positive social impact on the lives of rural entrepreneurs and their community.

Funding

Category 2 - Other Public Sector Grants Category

History

Volume

4

Start Page

1

End Page

20

Number of Pages

20

ISSN

2192-5372

Publisher

SpringerOpen

Additional Rights

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

External Author Affiliations

Great Lakes Institute of Management, India

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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