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Indovation : innovation and a global knowledge economy in India /
Thomas Birtchnell, Research Associate, Lancaster University, UK.
imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
description
ix, 218 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
ISBN
1137027401, 9781137027405
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imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
isbn
1137027401
9781137027405
catalogue key
9029696
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 188-210) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Thomas Birtchnell is Lecturer in Sociology at The University of Wollongong, Australia.
Summaries
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Thomas Birtchnell examines recent ideas of Indian innovation, or 'Indovation', from an historical and critical perspective, at both the bottom and the top of India's social pyramid.
Long Description
How should we understand the many reports that poverty is the mother of innovation in India? What has the role of austerity been in the development of India's knowledge economy? In this critical study of Indian innovation, or 'Indovation', Thomas Birtchnell explores how the complex mobilities of 'globals' with stakes in India have transformed discourses and imaginaries about innovation in the region. He adopts a critical eye to the notion of Indovation by focusing on the various circuits of globals where India's knowledge economy is concentrated: expertise, entrepreneurship and community. Birtchnell traces the various discourses and counter-discourses around an Indian way of working and illustrates how differences in the international dimensions of austerity allow India's knowledge economy to prosper.
Long Description
How should we understand the many reports that poverty is the mother of innovation in India? What has the role of austerity been in the development of India's knowledge society? In this critical study of Indian innovation, or 'Indovation', Thomas Birtchnell explores how the complex mobilities of 'globals' with stakes in India has transformed discourses and imaginaries about innovation in the region. He adopts a critical eye to the notion of Indovation by focusing on the various circuits of globals where India's knowledge society is concentrated: expertise, entrepreneurship and community. Birtchnell traces the various discourses and counter-discourses around an Indian way of working and illustrates how differences in the international dimensions of austerity allow India's knowledge society to proliferate.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vii
List of Abbreviationsp. viii
Indian Innovation for Allp. 1
Welcome to Indovationp. 1
A benighted pastp. 3
The present age of austerityp. 7
An enlightened futurep. 12
Plan of the bookp. 18
Indomobilitiesp. 22
The mobile Indiap. 22
Global brainsp. 27
The stakeholdersp. 32
Off shored talentp. 37
Conclusion: Global reach/local touchp. 38
Austerity in the Dark Agesp. 39
Benightednessp. 39
India and Marsp. 42
Scattered lampsp. 48
The brightest and the bestp. 53
From darkness to lightp. 56
Conclusion: Colonizing the stars togetherp. 60
Austerity in the Spotlightp. 63
Enlightenmentp. 63
The new torchbearersp. 65
Shining Indiap. 68
Ignited mindsp. 72
Knowledge is like lightp. 75
Lighting a pathp. 78
Conclusion: A new shiny Indiap. 85
Expertise on a Shoestringp. 86
Links forwardp. 86
Knowledge is mobilityp. 88
Core competenciesp. 93
Ties in the shoestringp. 97
Bootstrap capitalismp. 101
Pulling the stringsp. 103
Conclusion: Learning austerityp. 104
Bare-Bones Entrepreneurshipp. 105
Nuns on wheelsp. 105
A billion entrepreneursp. 108
Garage innovationp. 111
Global events as opportunitiesp. 114
Fixing Y2K on the cheapp. 117
Cutting corners in outsourcingp. 121
Profit from the BoPp. 124
Conclusion: Selling austerityp. 126
Close-Knit Communitiesp. 127
The web ashramp. 127
Global community servicep. 129
Leveraging Indiap. 132
Wearing Indiap. 135
Learning the ropesp. 138
Development agentsp. 141
New religious architecturesp. 143
The super-includedp. 146
Conclusion: Pitching austerityp. 148
India: From Indolence to Innovationp. 151
Notesp. 159
Referencesp. 188
Indexp. 211
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