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Formulating the Design Scope for the Base of the (Economic) Pyramid

Khadilkar, Pramod (2017) Formulating the Design Scope for the Base of the (Economic) Pyramid. In: Design Issues, 33 (2). pp. 4-17. ISSN 0747-9360

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1162/DESI_a_00436


Base of the (economic) Pyramid (BoP) represents a population living under severe resource constraint s. Design for BoP has crucial responsibility of achieving the well-being through fulfillment of specific needs. At BoP, design has to shoulder this additional responsibility due to absent or severely constrained mechanisms to translate the functional product into well-being. This paper proposes a design scope for the BoP using normative approach from developmental economics, and then compares it with the pervasive product centric scope. Author defines product centricity as a design scope that considers resultant product as sufficient outcome of design and evaluates the extent of product centricity in prevalent design approaches.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Design Issues
Publisher: MIT Press Journals
Additional Information: The Copyright of this article belongs to MIT Press Journals.
Keywords: design scope, design for BoP, social design, design for development, design success
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Product Design & Manufacturing
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2022 06:52
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2022 06:52
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/73497

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