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Frugal Inclusive Design

Ura, Daniel (2018) Frugal Inclusive Design. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Ura, Daniel

While Inclusive Design and Frugal Innovation have gained separate academic interest in recent years, there lacks research on their integration. This Master’s major research project asks How might social enterprises in Ontario integrate Inclusive Design with Frugal Innovation to maximize economic and social value? The following theoretical framework is put forth: a harmony of Inclusive Design and Frugal Innovation would add value to the social enterprise model by using minimal resources to design for the maximum amount of people. This paper begins with an introduction to the subject matter by outlining key concepts and situating them within the research context. A literature review is then put forth to examine the research about Inclusive Design, Frugal Innovation, and social enterprise to provide a rationale for the theoretical framework. The Methodology chapter explains how using qualitative interviews and General Morphological Analysis as a foresight tool explore how these concepts could exist in a symbiotic relationship to make Frugal Inclusive Design. The Findings & Discussion chapter explores the opportunities and barriers for social enterprises to adopt this new concept as an integral part of their business. The research shows that social enterprises have adopted Inclusive Design and Frugal Innovation principles with varying degrees of success. It is suggested that social enterprises use lead user theory to strengthen the relationship between Inclusive Design and Frugal Innovation. This paper ends with a conclusion and suggestions for areas of future research.

Date: April 2018
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Strategic Foresight and Innovation
Date Deposited: 11 May 2018 19:15
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 22:30
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2310

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