Navi Radjou is an innovation and leadership strategist based in Silicon Valley. He is also a Fellow at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and a World Economic Forum (WEF) faculty member. He is a member of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation and a regular columnist on Harvard Business Review.
Navi is co-author of the international bestseller Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth (Jossey-Bass, 2012). The Economist calls it “the most comprehensive book yet to appear on the subject” of frugal innovation. Navi is also co-author of From Smart To Wise, a book on next generation leadership (Jossey-Bass, 2013).
Navi is currently working on his third book Frugal Innovation: How Business in the Developed World Can Create More Value With Fewer Resources (Profile/Economist Books, 2014; Public Affairs, 2015), which shows how Western companies can respond to the big macro-economic and socio-cultural trends that are irreversibly shifting Western societies towards frugality.
About Navi Radjou
In 2013, Navi received the Thinkers50 Innovation Award—given to a management thinker who is re-shaping the way we think about and practice innovation. In addition, his book Jugaad Innovation was shortlisted for the 2013 Thinkers50 CK Prahalad Breakthrough Idea Award.
Till 2011, Navi served as the Executive Director of the Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, where Jaideep Prabhu was the Director.
Prior to Cambridge, Radjou spent ten years in the US, primarily as Vice President at Forrester Research,a leading US-based technology research and consulting firm. At Forrester, he investigated how globalized innovation — with the rise of India and China as both a source and market for innovations — is driving new market structures and organizational models called « Global Innovation Networks ».
During his tenure at Forrester, he advised senior executives around the world on technology-enabled best practices to drive collaborative innovation, global supply chain integration, and proactive customer service. At Forrester, he published more than a hundred thought-leadership reports on business topics related to innovation and emerging markets. Based on his extensive field research in India he published in 2008 a ten-part report series titled « India: The Innovation Giant (Re)Awakens », which explores the innovative business models pioneered by large corporations and grassroots entrepreneurs in India.
Radjou has had wide exposure in national and international media, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Bloomberg Businessweek, Financial Times, Le Monde, and Nikkei Shimbun. He is a frequent speaker to senior executive groups and has spoken on the topics of innovation and globalization at leading conferences organised by the World Economic Forum, Council on Foreign Relations, The Conference Board, TiE (Indus Entrepreneurs), Milken Institute, Asia Society, Harvard University, and MIT. For several consecutive years, he has served on the international panel of judges for The Economist’s Innovation Awards. In addition to regularly writing columns in Bloomberg Businessweek and The Wall Street Journal, Navi also blogs on HarvardBusinessReview.org.
Named by BusinessWeek as an “expert in corporate innovation,” he was also honoured by the Financial Times, which called his co-authored work on National Innovation Networks — the first-ever ranking of countries by their collaborative aptitude to integrate innovation capabilities across multiple regions — as « ambitious » and « sophisticated ». His latest research on « polycentric innovation » — a new approach that multinationals can use to integrate globally distributed R&D and innovation capabilities — has been featured in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Global Intelligence for the CIO, and Le Monde. Similarly, his concept of « indovation »—the unique process by which innovations are developed in India to serve a large number of people affordably and sustainably—has been featured in Financial Times and in several conferences organized by Asia Society.
An Indian-born French national, he earned his MS degree in information systems from Ecole Centrale Paris, and also attended the Yale School of Management.
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