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  • The iPod's continued success goes far beyond the product to encompass multiple types of innovation that helped to create and over time defend the sources of value.
  • To harness the potential of innovation, companies need to understand that innovation is a discipline, and one that - while integrative - still has specific and robust elements that can be embedded within organizations and practiced routinely.
  • It's not just about launching new products. It's about executing path-breaking models that are both disruptive and sustainable. A look at the innovators who changed the rules of the game.
  • The e-Choupal model of ITC has continuously evolved over the past decade, and today is a boon not just for farmers but for the consumer goods business of the tobacco major as well.
  • India's biggest social welfare scheme has its share of problems, but innovations in its design and delivery hold out promise.
  • India emerges a hotbed for emerging market innovations and new business ideas as the world looks for frugal solutions.
  • Grassroot innovations that haven't taken place in the fancy laboratories of big corporations and research institutions are ready to change the life of people in India-and abroad.
  • Marketing communications firms are working out innovative ways to allow upcountry consumers to develop an appetite for branded products and services.
  • How do you turn thousands of artisans into suppliers to a commercial, for-profit retail chain? Make them shareholders in community-owned companies that can supply in bulk.
  • Gyan Shala educates a child at a fraction of the cost of a government school-and strives to ensure that the quality of learning doesn't suffer.
  • It added content to its blank CD/DVDs to make home viewing affordable.
  • TCS finds a viable route to the unbanked Indian in the country's villages with the help of cloud computing.
  • At a time when mobile phones in Indian villages were a rarity, Airtel found a way to capture the market successfully.
  • What started as class projects in US universities are now scalable tech innovations in rural India.
  • Before launching its Gujarati daily, it took feedback from over 1.2 million homes to understand what prospective readers wanted. And then it gave them just that.
Editors note From the Editor

From the Editor

Is everything new innovation? Is every innovation a success? Is every successful innovation also a good business proposition? Answers to these questions separate Business Today's approach to innovation from those of others.
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