Pavan Soni

Pavan Soni
Inflexion Point Consulting

www.PavanSoni.com

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Introduction
Dr. Pavan Soni is an Innovation Evangelist by profession and a teacher by passion. He is the founder of Inflexion Point, offering programs on Design Thinking, Strategic Acumen, and Consulting Skills. He is the author of the book, Design Your Thinking, published by Penguin Random House in 2020. Apart from being an Adjunct Faculty at ISB Hyderabad and IIM Bangalore, Pavan has engaged with companies, including Reliance, Tatas, ITC, Flipkart, and Novartis, amongst others. Pavan is a mentor for NSRCE
Additional affiliations
June 2005 - June 2011
Wipro Limited
Position
  • Innovation Evangelist
Description
  • Was responsible for innovation evangelist and consulting for employees and customer of the various divisions of Wipro. Have pioneered the concepts of Let Sparks Fly, Book of Innovation, Innovation Bazaar, and Wipro Innovation Camp, at the organization.
Education
June 2003 - February 2005
NITIE-National Institute of Industrial Engineering
Field of study
  • Industrial Engineering
June 1999 - May 2003
Jai Narain Vyas University
Field of study
  • Electronics & Communication Engineering

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Creative problem-solving is at the heart of innovation, and some of the world's most innovative companies are very systematic in following this approach. Most people would assume that creativity and discipline can't coexist, and that only when resources are replete and the talent best-in-class can one be creative. But nothing could be further from...
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The chapter attempts to offer a view on how entrepreneurship and innovation exist in an informal economy. Contextualizing the study to India, the chapter adopts a case study approach, to identify the salient innovation types that entrepreneurs exercise while operating on the margins of the formal economy. The work contests the notion that entrepren...
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The purpose of the study was to identify the causes of growth of the firm, and the factors that leads to limiting its rate of growth. The author studied for-profit corporate, and those that had grown over the years, firms which are endowed with certain resources, managed by the managers. She identified 'enterprising managers' as one condition witho...
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Summary of Grounded Theory research
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A book review and summary of the 2000 book on emergence of Asian Economies. Mathews and Cho document the growth of semiconductor industry in South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.
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Book Summary of The Lenovo Way by Gina Qiao and Yolanda Conyers
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Book summary of Imitation to Innovation by Linsu Kim, 1997
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Book summary of Dragons at your Door by Ming Zeng and Peter J Williamson,
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Book summary of the End of Copycat China by Shaun Rein
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Book summary of Emerging Patterns of Innovation by Fumio Kodama
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Book summary of the Samsung Way by Jaeyong Song and Kyungmook Lee
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First published in 2005, the book has since then been revised and made more contextual to the current times. Post the 2008 economic slowdown and the recent geopolitical unrest, Hart's claim of how capitalism is losing its good is now hard to overlook. Stuart Hart coined the term bottom of the pyramid with late CK Prahalad.
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The modern day business is the story of 'disruptive innovators', firms and upstarts that take established business and destroy those, while creating value for the customers. While the first truly mobile device in the world could well be Sony's Walkman, the likes of Apple and then Samsung really brought mobility to real life. Even for the touch-scre...
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Think of a book written in 1978 still making rounds? That's how writing makes you immortal, and as I keep saying- some of the most radical ideas have come through books and not peer-reviewed papers. In fact, the seminal work by Jeffrey Pfeffer and late Gerald Salancik has garnered close to 20,000 citations (as per Google Scholar), and still seems t...
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Strategic Management is generally blamed to be a text full of jargon explaining insights which come mostly through a hind-sight, and in an context which is almost always misplaced. Little doubt, as compared to economics, sociology or even psychology, strategic management is looked down upon. Being a strategic management scholar, I must admit that i...
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If you are a researcher, or someone interesting in going beyond the anecdotes on innovation, then the book by Prof. Gerard Tellis is for you. The work is oozing with insightful cases, research and uncommon wisdom. While one may be critical on several occasions while reading the book, and I share some of my critical observations, the book however is...
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The discipline of Strategic Management attempts to ask the very fundamental question - Why do some firms persistently outperform others? Various explanations exist, ranging from product-market positioning model to efficiency based models. However, the Resource Based View (RBV), and its derived construct, Dynamic Capabilities has come to dominate th...
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Purpose – The paper aims to address two key gaps in the literature of frugal innovation. First, it disambiguates frugal innovations into its types, and into the various levels at which it happens. Second, it builds upon the theoretical foundations of resource-based view, new institutional economics, economics of location, and institutional theory t...
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The paper is an attempt to understand the phenomenon of emerging market innovation, or frugal innovations, from regularities observed in theory and practice. The inspiration of the work comes from the fact that though innovation in emerging markets for emerging market customers is gaining prominence, the area is not subjected to any rigorous concep...
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Employment in the informal economy is frequently related to low- paying jobs, chronic poverty, low social protection, sweatshop environments, labour exploitation, low productivity, and limited opportunities to move up the economic ladder. The informal economy has for long been understood as a ‘problem’, and researchers have advocated for various me...
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The paper takes a Dynamic Capabilities view in assessing the current growth challenges and future avenues of the Indian IT service and software industry. After discussing the endogenous and exogenous challenges that impede the industry from realizing its full potential, the paper identifies key firm level innovations based upon the imperative of se...
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This is a joint publication by the CII and Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. The report is first in the series that documents the successful innovations performed in India by Indian firms and MNCs. The intent of the report is to celebrate innovations and document best practices of innovations to be shared at national and in...
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The research report is a survey of R&D activities of 110 European companies doing R&D in India. The report has three parts to it. First is a survey of 50 firms with respondents including senior management from R&D in India. The second is an interview with 10 VPs or India heads for the European firms, and third is a secondary survey of 110 firms. Th...
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The paper proposes a model for managing an 'Innovation Program' at client delivery projects in an IT Services company by drawing learning from Wipro Technologies (referred to as Wipro). It discusses how innovation in an IT Services company is different from a typical goods based company and how the task becomes even more challenging for the Indian...
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The article depicts a practitioner's approach towards Innovation Evangelism in a corporate context. The case in point here is Wipro Technologies, one of the leading Information Technology firms based out of India. The author being an Innovation Evangelist at the firm shares the imperative of evangelism, the various vehicles deployed and the learnin...
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The article depicts a practitioner's approach towards Innovation Evangelism in a corporate context. The case in point here is Wipro Technologies, one of the leading Information Technology firms based out of India. The author being an Innovation Evangelist at the firm shares the imperative of evangelism, the various vehicles deployed and the learnin...
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Non-linear business growth is a Holy Grail for executives today. There is a constant need for identification of newer business models, blockbuster products and excellent talent in breaking the linearity paradigm. The latter half of the 20th century has seen some of the major breakthroughs resulting into a significant surge in productivity. Some of...
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The case shares the turn-around story in leveraging Knowledge Management (KM) at Enterprise Application Services (EAS), a major business unit (BU) in Wipro Technologies. The case depicts the approach taken in enrolling the employees onto the KM systems and practices. The turnaround was the result of a project that ran for 6 months, and the comparis...
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CEOs from companies both established and aspiring have realized the Returns on Innovation that they can seek with a proper charter in place. No two views of innovation topping the investment avenues of corporates globally. But only a few of these aspiring companies have been able to successfully crack the DNA of Innovation. Innovation's definition...

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I did this research last year to understand the approaches of European companies engaged in R&D activities in India. I wish to take it further in deciphering the nuances of EU firms, and contrast that with American firms. Any suggestions on the areas to look at?

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theory and concepts on capability creation.