Innovation at Mahindra & Mahindra (A)
Describes the Mahindra & Mahindra Group's approach to innovation. The Group is among the top industrial houses in India and its managing director Anand Mahindra has put innovation at the core of its growth strategy. Emphasis is placed on managing the balance between structured processes and the creation of an environment in which radical innovations can succeed. The Farm Equipment Sector, one of the Group's largest and most successful sectors, is developing a revolutionary tractor outside its conventional development process with the help of a "Maverick" innovator. Not surprisingly, the project encounters numerous obstacles and setbacks. Focuses on: 1) the role of creative innovators in breakthrough innovations; 2) the need for process, structure and early feedback from markets; 3) the sources of radical product concepts; and 4) the marketing of innovations.