5 Tips for Trickle-Up Innovation from C.K. Prahalad

Multinationals and start-ups alike can learn valuable innovation lessons by observing inventions and services that originate in emerging-markets — and then adapting them for the developed world. Some of the world’s leading thinkers and business school professors are now coming up with playbooks for corporations that are seeking such a “trickle-up” innovation strategy. For my recent BusinessWeek stories on the topic, I spoke with C. K. Prahalad, author of The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty Through Profits, who highlights five ways that developing nations are often ahead of the curve. Smart companies could use these as a guide. Here are Prahalad’s observations:

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