Biography

Navi Radjou is an innovation and leadership strategist based in Silicon Valley. He is also a Fellow at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He has served as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation and is a regular columnist on Harvard Business Review.

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

In 2014, Navi spoke at TED Global on frugal innovation (over 1 million video views).

In 2013, Navi received the prestigious Thinkers50 Innovation Award—given to a management thinker who is re-shaping the way we think about and practice innovation.

Navi’s new book Frugal Innovation: How To Do More With Less published by The Economist worldwide in 2015 (with a foreword by Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever) shows how companies can innovate faster, better, and cheaper in today’s resource-constrained and customer-driven economy. Frugal Innovation won the CMI Management Book of the Year 2016 Award.

Navi also co-authored the global bestseller Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth (Jossey-Bass, 2012), which shows how firms can leverage grassroots ingenuity in their organization and society to co-create simple but effective solutions that deliver greater value at lower cost. Jugaad Innovation has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide.

Navi is also co-author of From Smart To Wise: Acting and Leading with Wisdom, a book on next generation leadership in an era of global complexity that CEO coach Marshall Goldsmith calls “fascinating” and PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi views as “a practical guide for accelerating your own wise leadership development.”

Till 2011, Navi served as Executive Director of the Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Previously, he was a longtime VP/analyst at Forrester Research in Boston and San Francisco and advised senior executives worldwide on breakthrough growth strategies. Navi has consulted with leading international organizations—including E&Y, GM, Fujitsu, IBM, Microsoft, P&G, SAP, Sprint, and TCS—on innovation and leadership strategies.

Featured in NPR, BBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Financial Times, Navi has published articles in MIT Sloan Management Review and strategy+business. A sought-after keynote speaker Navi has addressed the World Economic Forum, Council on Foreign Relations, Asia Society, Harvard, and MIT.

An Indian-born French national, Navi studied at Ecole Centrale Paris and the Yale School of Management.

Expertises

  • Business Strategy
  • Innovation
  • Leadership

Languages

  • English
  • French

Topics

Frugal Innovation: The Art of Doing Better with Less

In today’s digital global economy, firms are challenged to deliver more value to cost-conscious and eco-minded customers using fewer resources. Drawing on extensive academic research and consulting experience, Navi Radjou will show you how leading companies are pioneering frugal innovation—a cutting-edge management paradigm that will enable you to create high-quality products faster and better with limited resources. You will learn the core principles of frugal innovation that can drastically reduce your costs in R&D, operations, and marketing, boost your productivity and agility, and help attract and retain more customers.

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Beyond Smartness: Leading Wisely In The Digital Age

Our modern society is obsessed with intelligence. We highly value “smart” phones, “smart” cars, “smart” cities. Likewise, smart people impress us with their intellectual power and uncanny ability to achieve their goals. With the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI), people believe we need to “augment” our human intelligence to compete with AI. But smartness alone is not always sufficient to keep leaders out of trouble and sustain their success over time. Leadership expert Navi Radjou proposes a different and counterintuitive approach to leadership that goes beyond optimizing “smartness.”

Wise leadership, Radjou argues, means cultivating greater self-awareness, broadening one’s perspective, integrating logic, emotions, and intuition in decision-making, and acting with ethical clarity, flexibility, and authenticity. It’s the foundation for lasting success in the complex, fast-paced digital age.

Drawing on many inspiring real-life stories of wise leaders, Radjou will identify six capabilities that managers at all levels can cultivate and use to operate consciously as a wise leader every day.

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Jugaad: Unleashing the Creativity of Your Employees, Customers, and Partners

During the 20th century, the Western model of innovation was like an orchestra: top-down, rigid, and run by upper-level executives. But to succeed in the complex, volatile, resource-scarce business environment of the 21st century, Western firms need an alternative approach, one that is like a jazz band: bottom-up, improvisational, and collaborative. Navi Radjou, winner of Thinkers50 Innovation Award, will show how leading companies are using jugaad—a Hindi word for frugal and flexible innovation—to sense and respond swiftly to big market opportunities and outsmart competition. You will learn how to apply the proven business principles of jugaad to unleash and harness the grassroots ingenuity of your employees and partners and innovate faster, better, and cheaper.

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How Large Organizations Can Accelerate Growth Through Innovation

The pressure to innovate is greater than ever before. Yet large organizations struggle to innovate at rapid pace due to their traditional structure, strategies, culture, and leadership style. Renowned innovation expert Navi Radjou will reveal effective ways to breed entrepreneurial attitudes within large firms. Using many real-life case studies Navi will demonstrate how your organization can innovate faster and better—by balancing scale and agility, encouraging productive risk-taking, leveraging the creativity of all your employees, cultivating external partnerships, and fostering wise leadership.

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Capitalizing On The Global Middle Class—The New Networked Innovation Model

The world’s middle class will grow from 2 billion today to 5 billion by 2030. To capitalize on the rapid rise of emerging markets like China, Africa, India multinationals must abandon their insular and monolithic innovation model—that concentrated R&D resources in the West. Instead, they must embrace a “networked” innovation model in which R&D capabilities are distributed globally to sense and respond rapidly to local market needs—and yet are integrated in a loosely-coupled global innovation network to drive creative synergies on an international scale. Drawing on his twenty years of consulting experience in the US, Europe, and Asia, Navi Radjou shows the business benefits of networked innovation and offers a practical roadmap for traditional companies to embrace this new innovation model fit for success in the global knowledge economy of the 21st century.

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