Frugal and Lean Engineering: A Critical Comparison and Implications for Logistics Processes

  • Eugenia Rosca
  • Julia Bendul
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Logistics book series (LNLO)


Frugal innovation gains momentum in literature and practice as the next important management approach transferred from East to West after lean. The two paradigms have launched powerful ideas challenging the traditional Western approaches, with frugal innovation being the most recent. This paper focuses on the application of lean management and frugal innovation in the field of engineering. The principles employed during the design stages are responsible for a high percentage of logistics costs and consequently influence significantly logistics processes. Therefore, we highlight similarities and differences of the two approaches, and show how to combine the underlying principles in order to develop more efficient products with efficient production processes especially for cost-sensitive consumers in both developing and developed countries. The implications of lean and frugal engineering for procurement, production, distribution and disposal logistics are relevant not only for sustainability managers, product or logistics managers concerned with sustainability aspects but also for executives aiming to expand their operations in developing countries.


Frugal innovation Lean management Logistics processes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jacobs UniversityBremenGermany

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