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Definition of Jugaad. The Role of Jugaad in Innovation

Jugaad means cleaver tricks or innovative use of anything to compensate the scarcity of resources. It also means an innovative improvisation done at local level to utilize the available resources to get the desired results and solution to the current problem.
Jugaad helps marketers to think at the grass root level and create the products in three ways
1. New product development
2. Integration of two different products
3. Marketing innovation (different use of the same product).
I am doing research on it.

  Jagdish B Acharya
Consultant, India

Jugaad is a Local Suboptimal Solution

- An optimal solution to any need requires a lot of knowledge and resources. Although it costs more money, it may save money in implementation. It also suffers from a handicap of ignorance of local conditions or diversity in local conditions.
- A Jugaad is normally a quick and local solution to meet an immediate need. It may not be optimal, but it works on a smaller scale and it may be the best solution suited at that time for that particular location. When copied or applied universally, it may fail miserably.
Coding systems of Varanasi Washermen (as reported by Lonely Planet Guide) and Mumbai Dabbawalas (transporting tiffins from various homes to different offices within short duration) are classic examples of Jugaad.

Manager, India

Definition of Jugaad in Real Terms

In real terms... If somebody knows Hindi and trans (...)

  Jagdish B Acharya
Consultant, India

Jugaad as Hindi Word and Examples Thereof

Jugaad means manage work somehow with the means av (...)


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