Frugal Innovation, Effectuation and FabLabs: Some Practices to Combine for a New Approach to Innovation

By Sandra Fagbohoun

In this article, we explore the articulation between two approaches : frugal innovation and effectuation. We highlight the points of convergence, such as their management of resources, their relation to uncertainty and their integration into an ecosystem. We consider how the contexts of developing countries and emerging countries can make a combination of both approaches successful. To illustrate this idea, we draw on the practices of makers within FabLabs, who manage to promote empowerment and multidirectional innovation in constrained environments.JEL Codes: F20, O31, O33


  • frugal innovation
  • effectuation
  • makers
  • FabLabs
  • developing countries
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