Title: Frugal innovation as environmental innovation

Authors: Christian Le Bas

Addresses: ESDES – Lyon Business School, 10, place des Archives, 69002 Lyon, France

Abstract: In this paper, we contribute to the literature on frugal innovation in two directions. First, we define FI as a new technological paradigm. Second, we consider FI as an environmental innovation by defining, considering, and drawing the consequences of the economic impact of the environmental side of FI. We suggest a framework accounting for how frugal innovation contributes to sustainability. Finally, we set out the factors driving the implementation of FI, and point to barriers to their diffusion.

Keywords: frugal innovation; environment; technological paradigm; sustainability.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2020.109231

International Journal of Technology Management, 2020 Vol.83 No.1/2/3, pp.78 - 96

Accepted: 11 Nov 2019
Published online: 02 Sep 2020 *

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