- PhD student
- Friday 4 Nov 2022, 15:00 - 17:00
- PhD defence
- Spoken Language
- Aula B and livestream
- International Institute of Social Studies
On 4 November 2022 Sanghamitra Chakravarty will defend her PhD thesis looking at innovations and resource constraints in the healthcare sector
Within the backdrop of a scarcity of appropriate medical devices which is a global health concern, this research explores medical device manufacturing firms in South Africa – a middle-income country with a sophisticated industrial base and a legacy of biomedical research but also facing challenges of resource constraints. It takes a 'development lens' to resource-constrained innovation, bringing in dimensions of capabilities, technological change and direction of innovation which have received little attention in current dominant frugal innovation discourse.
The overarching question guiding this research is: How does resource- constrained innovation influence the direction of technological change?
Chakravarty approaches this research question from the perspective of innovation for and under resource constraints by situating the developing country manufacturing SME at the centre of her analysis. She uses a micro-level analysis to understand the orientation of the firms and the conditions influencing this to investigate the problem.
This analysis is situated and contextualized at the meso-level within the technology innovation environment of the firm and the broader macro patterns of global innovation dynamics. This research finds that the relationship between resource-constrained innovation and development is not straightforward and the direction towards inclusion, while possible under certain conditions, is fragile.
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Doctoral dissertation supervisors
Full Doctoral Committee
Professor Judith Sutz, University of the Republic Uruguay
Dr Glenda Kruss, Human Sciences Research Council
Professor Erika Kraemer-Mbula, University of Johannesburg
Dr Henny Romijn, Eindhoven University of Technology
Professor Arjun Bedi, ISS
Dr Oane Visser, ISS