Navi Radjou

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Navi Radjou
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Born (1970-08-14) 14 August 1970 (age 46)
Pondicherry, India
Occupation Author, speaker, strategist

Navi Radjou (Tamil: நவி ராஜூ, born 14 August 1970) is an independent scholar and an innovation and leadership advisor based in Silicon Valley. He is former Vice-President at Forrester Research and a Fellow of Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. He has spoken and written widely on the theme of frugal innovation.


An Indian born French-American dual citizen, Radjou earned his MS degree in information systems from Ecole Centrale Paris, and also attended the Yale School of Management.

Radjou served nearly ten years as Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, a leading US-based technology research and consulting firm. At Forrester, he investigated how globalised 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".[1] 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.

Till 2011, he served as the Executive Director of the Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, where Jaideep Prabhu was the director.

Positions held[edit]

Radjou is a Fellow at Judge Business School and a World Economic Forum (WEF) faculty member. He is a member of WEF's Global Future Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship.[2] For several consecutive years, he has served on the international panel of judges for The Economist’s Innovation Awards.[3] Navi also served as a judge for FastCompany's 2017 World Changing Ideas Awards.[4]


At Forrester, Radjou published more than a hundred thought-leadership reports on business topics related to innovation and emerging markets.[5] 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.[6]

Radjou is co-author of Frugal Innovation[7] published worldwide by The Economist in 2015. The book explains the principles, perspectives and techniques behind frugal innovation. He is also co-author of the international best-seller Jugaad Innovation[8] (Jossey-Bass, 2012). described by The Economist as "the most comprehensive book yet to appear on the subject" of frugal innovation.[9] He is co-author of From Smart To Wise,[10] a book on next generation leadership. He is also a regular columnist on Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg Businessweek and The Wall Street Journal, and maintains a blog on[11]


Radjou frequently acts as a keynote speaker[12] and is widely quoted in international media.[13] In 2014, Navi delivered a talk at TED Global[14] on frugal innovation, which has received over 1,5 million video views.

He is a frequent speaker to senior executive groups and has spoken on the topics of innovation and globalisation 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.[15]

Awards and recognition[edit]

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.[16] He is ranked[17] as one of the 50 most influential persons shaping innovation in France.

In 2013, he received the Thinkers50 Innovation Award — given to a management thinker who is re-shaping the way we think about and practice innovation.[18][19] In addition, his book Jugaad Innovation was shortlisted for the 2013 Thinkers50 CK Prahalad Breakthrough Idea Award.

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".[20] 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.[21] Similarly, his concept of "indovation" — the unique process by which innovations are developed in India to serve a large number of people sustainably — has been featured in The Financial Times and in several conferences organised by Asia Society.[22]


  • Made in India for the 21st Century, Navi Radjou, 28 January 2010, Asia Society New York[23]
  • Transforming R & D To Win in Global Innovation Networks, Navi Radjou, 1 March 2007, PARC Forum,[24]
  • Turbocharging the Franco-Indian Partnership, Navi Radjou, 15 July 2009, Bloomberg Businessweek,[25]
  • Polycentric Innovation: A New mandate for Multinationas, Navi Radjou, 2 November 2009, The Wall Street Journal,[26]
  • INDOvations, moderated by Navi Radjou, 28 January 2010, Asia Society, New York,[27]
  • Managing the New Trajectory of Global Innovation, Navi Radjou, 14 October 2009, Council on Foreign Relations.[28]
  • India's Decade of Innovation, Navi Radjou, 16 February 2010, Cambridge Judge Business School.[29]
  • Polycentric Innovation Video Interview, IBM, 27 May 2010, Cambridge Judge Business School,[30]
  • Creating the Next "Indovations", Navi Radjou, 27 November 2009, India Economic Summit 2009, World Economic Forum,Panel on YouTube
  • Made in India, for the world, N Madhavan,12 May 2010, Business Today.[31]
  • Do Multinationals Really Understand Globalization?, Navi Radjou, Prasad kaipa, 6 August 2010, Bloomberg Businessweek.[32]
  • Talking about Indovations, Nisha Kumar, Kulkarni, 2.12.10, Beyond Profit.[33]


  1. ^ "Client Demand Drives Innovation Tie-ups". The Financial Express. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Future of Innovation and Entrepreneurship". 
  3. ^ [1] Archived 16 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ [3][dead link]
  6. ^ Navi Radjou. "India The Emerging Innovation Giant" (PPT). Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Frugal Innovation – How to Do More With Less.". Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Jugaad Innovation – The Book – A frugal and flexible approach to innovation for the 21st century.". Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Schumpeter: Asian innovation – The Economist". The Economist. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "From Smart to Wise: Acting and Leading with Wisdom". Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Search – radjou/". Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "Navi Radjou speaker Cominsights.". 
  13. ^ "Navi Radjou quoted in international media.". 
  14. ^ "Navi Radjou: Creative problem solving in the face of extreme limits.". Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "Latest news". University of Cambridge. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  16. ^ Reena Jana. "India's Next Global Export: Innovation". Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "50 personnalités qui font l'innovation en France.". 
  18. ^ "Distinguished Achievement Awards 2013". Thinkers 50. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  19. ^ "Navi Radjou Wins 2013 Thinkers50 Innovation Award" (PDF). 14 November 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  20. ^ Countries and companies need to band together in networks, Financial Times, 24 January 2007.
  21. ^ Archived from the original on 25 July 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  22. ^ The Age of 'Indovation' Dawns, James Lamont, 14 June 2010, The Financial Times
  23. ^ "Navi Radjou: 'Made in India' for the 21st Century". Asia Society. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  24. ^ "Event – Transforming R&D To Win In Global Innovation Networks – PARC, a Xerox company". Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  25. ^ Navi Radjou. "Turbocharging the Franco-Indian Partnership". Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  26. ^ Archived from the original on 25 August 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  27. ^ "INDOvations (Complete)". Asia Society. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  28. ^ "Managing the New Trajectory of Global Innovation" (PDF).\accessdate=17 January 2015. 
  29. ^ "India’s decade of innovation – CJBS Insight". CJBS Insight. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  30. ^ Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  31. ^ "Made in India, for the world". Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  32. ^ "Do Multinationals Really Understand Globalization?". Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  33. ^ Archived from the original on 26 August 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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