The Significance of Implementation Strategy for Scaling-up Base of Pyramid Ventures
Social enterprises are more likely to be sustainable and successful when venture teams engage in the design of appropriate technologies, develop business plans, and implement solutions with an integrated approach, rather than in a linear, piecemeal fashion. Through our academic ventures over the past decade, we have come to realize that a collaborative and integrated "triple helix" approach of system design, business planning, and implementation strategy development is essential. In terms of venture success, the process of executing the business strategy is as important as the product itself. This integrated design process encompasses conceptualization, validation, design, field-testing, implementation, and evaluation in an iterative process. Through the discussion of several case studies, this paper explores the tenets of implementation strategy development that will inform the conceptualization of a triple helix design process for sustainable and scalable technology ventures, specifically for base of the pyramid contexts.
Siri Maley is an undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering and International Politics at Pennsylvania State University and a teaching intern for the Pennsylvania State Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship program. She has traveled to Kenya the past two years, leading development of a technologically appropriate, environmentally benign, socially acceptable and economically sustainable solar food dehydrator for Kenyan entrepreneurs and business owners. She looks forward to continuing... Read More →
Khanjan Mehta is the Director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program at Penn State University. His professional interests include innovative system integration, high-tech entrepreneurship and international social entrepreneurship. Khanjan loves connecting concepts, people, computers and devices. A basic philosophy behind his work is the convergence of disciplines, concepts, cultures, and countries to create a freer, friendlier, fairer and more sustainable... Read More →
Amanda Perez is an undergraduate in Energy Engineering at Pennsylvania State University and the coordinator for the fall 2012 Milking the Rhino: Global Innovative Solutions Showcase hosted by the Pennsylvania State Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship program. This past summer she traveled to Kenya and worked with a team of her peers to establish the frameworks for a ceramic water filter micro-enterprise. She looks forward to continuing research and product prototyping in the... Read More →
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