Harnessing Innovation for Change: Sustainability and Poverty in Developing Countries

22 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2013

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Susanna Khavul

University of Texas at Arlington

Garry D. Bruton

Texas Christian University - M.J. Neeley School of Business

Date Written: March 2013

Abstract

To date, a well‚Äźdeveloped 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.

Keywords: informal economy, innovation, social entrepreneurship, sustainability

Suggested Citation

Khavul, Susanna and Bruton, Garry, Harnessing Innovation for Change: Sustainability and Poverty in Developing Countries (March 2013). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 50, Issue 2, pp. 285-306, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2224468 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2012.01067.x

Susanna Khavul

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Garry Bruton

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