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Publication Type: Conference Paper

Year of Publication Publication Type Title

2014

Conference Paper

Raghu Raman, Vachhrajani, H., Dr. Avinash Shivdas, and Prof. Nedungadi, P., “Low cost tablets as disruptive educational innovation: modeling its diffusion within Indian K12 system”, in Innovations in Technology Conference (InnoTek), 2014 IEEE, 2014.[Abstract]


The world of today is not looking for innovations that are mere incremental but those that are disruptive. Aakash, the Low Cost Tablet (LCT) initiative by Indian govt. was launched in 2011 amidst dominance by the likes of Apple, Amazon, and Samsung etc. Single most objective of this initiative was affordable ICT learning tool for the 220+ million students. LCT like Aakash can be seen as a disruptive innovation from the as they are simple to use, cheap, low performing, targeted at low portion of mainstream market and focused on social sectors like education, health to increase access and equity. Within Rogers theory of Diffusion of Innovation, we propose a framework for innovation attributes that can significantly predict student and teacher behavior intentions and motivations towards LCT for use in classrooms. Authors investigate the innovation attributes for adoption of LCT in a social group comprising of (N=121) potential-adopter students and teachers from India. The results revealed that motivations for adopting LCT are strongly associated with innovation attributes like relative advantage, compatibility, ease of use, peer influence, perceived enjoyment and perceived usefulness. Overall, both teachers and students expressed positive attitude towards using LCT as it enhanced their digital literacy skills. Bigger question is to identify what kind of new teacher training program, models and approaches and learning environment are required for successful adoption of educational innovation like LCT. Findings contribute to the design of new pedagogical models that maximizes learning potential of LCTs for K12 education.

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Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Publication Publication Type Title

2014

Journal Article

Dr. Chandrasekhar J. and Dr. Avinash Shivdas, “The Yagna Spirit–new age business dynamism”, International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 34–53, 2014.[Abstract]


New paradigms of doing business are evolving as the world is struggling with a financial crisis. It has become a compelling need for business enterprises to explore innovative solutions to overcome this crisis. The voluntary organisations are establishing social businesses as corporate entities and are embracing social responsibility projects. The distance between philanthropy and business is being substantially reduced. The emerging success stories of new age business entrepreneurship reveal the insights expressed in ancient Indian literature, which has struck deep roots in Indian ethos – the Yagna Spirit, which is becoming a new age business dynamism. 1) This paper1 discusses the concept of Yagna from the entrepreneurial perspective and makes an attempt to develop the core philosophy of Yagna Entrepreneurship; 2) It elucidates the traits of Yagna Entrepreneurs and traditional business practices influenced by the spirit of Yagna in the contemporary business context.

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2014

Journal Article

P. Couchman, Beckett, R., and Vachhrajani, H., “Exploring the Social Dimensions of Innovation in Food Manufacturing SMEs”, The Proceedings of the 6th ISPIM Innovation Symposium, Melbourne, 2014.[Abstract]


The paper investigates the level and nature of innovation activity, and its associated discourse within Australian and Indian food manufacturing SMEs. We suggest that for these SMEs innovation is a personal process, and that how innovation is defined may be related to the firm's dominant business model. 'Recipes' bundling a combination of ingredients, product, process, packaging and delivery arrangements provide some uniqueness in what is offered. Parallels with recombinant innovation concepts are suggested. Clients and suppliers are the most likely innovation collaborators, but external researchers may be engaged through strong personal ties. The likelihood of more formalized approaches to research and innovation increases with firm size. On the demand side, regional food preferences that may be shaped by ethnic and religious mix influence product, process and packaging innovation. On the supply side, regional agriculture strengths influence the dominant types of food manufactured. Future research opportunities are suggested.

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2014

Journal Article

B. Gupta, Jeayaram Subramanian, Vachhrajani, H., and Dr. Avinash Shivdas, “Exploring the Sources of Innovation in Food Processing SMEs of Kerala”, International Journal of Social, Behavioral, Educational, Economic, Business and Industrial Engineering, vol. 8, pp. 1149 - 1153, 2014.[Abstract]


Indian food processing industry is one of the largest in the world in terms of production, consumption, exports and growth opportunities. SMEs play a crucial role within this. Large manufacturing firms largely dominate innovation studies in India. Innovation sources used by SMEs are often different from that of large firms. This paper focuses on exploring various sources of innovation adopted by food processing SMEs in Kerala, South India. Outcome suggests that SMEs use various sources like suppliers, competitors, employees, government/research institutions and customers to get new ideas.

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