A Jugaad reading list

Since it was jugaad that got Nicholas to get me to blog on Installing (Social) Order, here’s a ‘jugaad reading list’ that I’ve used in the writing of my doctoral dissertation. It’s reasonably comprehensive and is a combination of newspaper articles, Journal publications and also books. Some of these are accessible online and I do have pdfs of many of the journal publications – so if anyone is looking for the full text please email me at psekhsaria@gmail.com

A Jugaad reading list

Birtchnell, T. (2011). Jugaad as systemic risk and disruptive innovation in India. Contemporary South Asia, 19(4), 357–372.

Bound, K., & Thornton, I. (2012). Our Frugal Future: Lessons from India’s Innovation System. London: Nesta.

Cappelli, P., Singh, H., Singh, J., & Useem, M. (2011). The India Way – How India’s Top Business Leaders are Revolutionizing Management. Boston, Massachusets: Harvard Business Press.

Datta, P. (2010). A Case Study Special on Innovation – Making Aspirations Count (Editorial). In P. Datta (Ed.), (p. 4). New Delhi: BusinessWorld.

Giridharadas, A. (2010). A Winning Formula for Hard Economic Times. The New York Times. New York.

Govindarajan, V., & Trimble, C. (2012). Reverse Innovation: Create Far from Home, Win Everywhere. Massachusets: Harvard Business Review Press.

Gupta, A. (2013b, July 1). The grassroots innovators. Mint.

Jolly, M. (2009). The Jugaad Country. Retrieved from http://www.vccircle.com/columns/the-jugaad-country

Jugaad in not innovation: PC. (2012, August 8). The Indian Express. Pune.

Krishnan, R. T. (2010). From Jugaad to Systematic Innovation – The Challenge for India. Bangalore: The Utprerka Foundation.

Lin, C. h. (2009). The Silenced Technology: The Beauty and Sorrow of Reassembled Cars. East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal, 3(1), 91–131. doi:doi: 10.1007/s12280-009-9088-3

Mashelkar, R. A. (2011a). India @ 75: An innovation superpower? CSIR News, 61(19 & 20), 225–232.

Mashelkar, R. A. (2011b). Reinventing India. Pune: Sahyadri Prakashan.

MST. (2013). Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2013. (M. of S. and Technology, Ed.). Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India.

Munshi, P. (2009). Making Breakthrough Innovation Happen. New Delhi: HarperCollins Publishers.

Prahalad, C. K., & Mashelkar, R. A. (2010). Innovation’s Holy Grail. Harvard Business Review, (July-August 2010), 10.

Purie, A. (2010). Editorial. India Today, 1.

Radjou, N., Prabhu, J., & Ahuja, S. (2012). Jugaad Innovation – Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Rangaswamy, N., & Sambasivan, N. (2011). Cutting Chai, Jugaad and Here Pheri: towards UbiComp for a global community. Personal Ubiquitous Computing, 15(6), 553–564.

SC Bans Farmers’ “Jugaad.” (2013). Retrieved from http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-329924197.html

Sekhsaria, P. (2011). Jugaad as a materials and conceptual commons. Common Voices, (8), 21–23.

Sekhsaria, P. (2013a). The making of an indigenous scanning tunneling microscope. Current Science, 104(9), 1152–1157.

Sekhsaria, P. (2013b). The making of an indigenous STM: Technological jugaad as a culture of innovation in India. In K. Konrad, C. Coenen, A. Dijkstra, C. Milburn, & H. van Lente (Eds.), Shaping Emerging Technologies: Governance, Innovation, Discourse (pp. 137–152). Amsterdam: IOS Press and AKA, Berlin.

UNEVOC. (1998). Under the Sun or in the Shade? Jua Kali in African Countries. National Policy Definition in Technical and Vocational Education: Beyond the Formal Sector. Berlin: UNESCO.

Varma, P. K. (2004). Being Indian – The Truth about why the 21st century will be India’s. New Delhi: Penguin Books.

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About Pankaj Sekhsaria

Pankaj Sekhsaria is author of 'The Last Wave', (http://tinyurl.com/njatxm2) a novel based in the Andaman islands of India. He is also a journalist, photographer and researcher with four books, a dozen peer reviewed papers and nearly 200 newspaper and magazine articles to his credit. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Science and Technology Studies (STS) at Maastricht University Science and Technology Studies (MUSTS). His Phd research involves studying the techno-scientific practices inside nanotechnology labs in India to understand and articulate the idea of a 'culture of innovation'

7 thoughts on “A Jugaad reading list

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  2. One of the key characters of jugaad as I understand it is that it comes from a situation of vulnerability and from absence of resources – there is a survival element to it and that makes a difference. It is, at the same time, a hugely plastic term – concept, process and product at the same time, as much verb as it is a noun. So there are very many ways in which it is already used and mobilised….my attempt has been to document it and try to characterise it in a way that might allow a larger understanding and usage


  3. will do thanks, here in the US the high-jacking (not unlike what companies like Apple did with 60’s ethos/aesthetics) of the DIY (do it yourself) movement by the so called “sharing” economy of on demand shifting risk to workers companies like Uber is deeply troubling, especially when mixed with a kind of apps as solutions for complex social/political issues libertarian among the educated young people and the older neo-libbers who make use of them.


  4. I think there are interesting overlaps and possibilities – some of this is explored in the couple of papers I’ve written on this, including that book chapter that is listed in the reading list. If you send me your email id I can email that to you and that could be the start of a discussion. I see significant overlaps between bricolage for instance and there are others like Juakali in Kenya that have a similar understanding and usage. I also have a serious problem with jugaad being described as ‘frugal innovation’ including for the fact that we are never told where the frugality is actually located.


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