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A Framework for Understanding the Context and Evaluating Solutions in Design for Base of the Economic Pyramid

  • Pankaj Upadhyay
  • Ravi Mokashi Punekar
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 134)

Abstract

In this paper, we propose a framework, derived from a review of extant literature, for concept selection in the context of design for the BoP at early phases of the design process. In BoP projects, it is difficult for designer to select appropriate concepts since the understanding of the context is limited. This is because the ideas for BoP context have a broader scope and due to the subjectivity of the requirements. In the context, concept selection criteria are much broader than the performance characteristics used for products in technical system. Hence, new methods of selection and evaluation of concepts may be necessary. We propose the use of the framework for the evaluation of design solutions for BoP contexts and suggest a possible methodology for the same. The paper concludes with a discussion on how the framework can be used and the future scope for the research.

Keywords

Base of pyramid DfBoP Concept selection Designer mindset 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indian Institute of Technology GuwahatiGuwahatiIndia

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