Dr. Rajnish Tiwari is Senior Research Fellow and Program Leader at Institute forTechnology and Innovation Management (TIM) of Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), currently pursuing his post-doctorate ("Habilitation"). At TIM, he co-leads the research program on "Global Innovation" that includes work on frugal innovations. He is one of the founding members of Center for Frugal Innovation (CFI) and a member of its Board of Management. Additionally, he was a member of the Advisory Circle ("Beraterkereis") of ITA ("Innovations- und Technikanalysen"), a program iniatied by Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) between 2014-17.
His research and teaching are both centered in the confluence zone of international business and innovation management. His current research is primarily focused on affordability-driven "frugal innovations" that fulfill high quality standards ("affordable excellence") and are responsible in its usage of resources. In this multi-leveled research, involving firm, sectoral and national perspectives, he looks not only at emerging economies but also beyond them in oder to get a holistic view. For this, his research proactively examines the prospects for such innovations in the industrialized nations. Rajnish has been a visiting fellow at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia: 2013), Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo, Japan: 2015, 2016), and Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, USA: 2017). He is also an alumni of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
Cross-cultural management is another area of his expertise. Rajnish offers master level courses in Intercultural Management & Communication at TUHH (as a part of the modules International Business and Marketing and Communication).