Collaborative and cross-functional research

Sometimes problems may be too complex for an individual researcher or research group but could potentially benefit from a collaborative and cross-functional approach. This collaborative research methodology is encouraged at the Digital Innovation Lab in all its projects. Researchers and innovators could be students and faculty from within the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore or from other collaborating academic institutions in different disciplines, external researchers, independent collaborators,governmental, corporate or non-governmental sponsors, or others interested in exploring ways to implement solutions to societal problems of access, inclusion and participation in the digital age. The Lab’s objective is to focus on knowledge creation through applied research and digital innovation, sharing of knowledge with collaborators and sponsors, and the dissemination of knowledge in the public domain. It undertakes both short term and long term research projects which could be sector-specific (e.g. agriculture, micro-finance, education, public health etc.) or project-specific (e.g. pre- and post-intervention assessment studies) through the lenses of operations management, supply chain, technology, and socio-economic conditions. Innovation may be centred around process re-engineering, simple and contextual technology solutions, break-through or disruptive digital interventions and the application of these technologies to different use-case scenarios through proof-of-concept solutions. We also conduct research studies to measure the effectiveness and analyse the adoption of the POC solutions.

We currently focus on the broad areas of financial inclusion, public health and education with an emphasis on using digital technologies to implement proof-of-concept solutions that can then be scaled and replicated outside the DI Lab by anyone interested in social sector development. Towards this end, the DI Lab employs a dedicated team of research staff that explores areas of inclusive innovation and a software development team that develops proof-of- concept solutions based on those innovations. The DI Lab also has access to other IIMB Faculty and collaborators from other global institutions in the areas of finance, data analytics and machine learning, digital marketing, entrepreneurship, social sciences and public health. The work we do falls into the following broad categories:

Academic activities:

Applied research, impact assessment studies, position papers, white papers
Data analytics and learning from data
Publishing in peer-reviewed journals and participation in international conferences
Internships for graduate students from different disciplines
Support of research scholars working in social sector development
Seminars and workshops

Technology development activities:

Development of innovative ideas in products and services based on emerging digital technologies
Development of proof-of-concept solutions based on innovations

Information dissemination:

Organising conferences and workshops
Global access straregy for sharing of assets