Evaluating "The Bottom of the Pyramid" from a Fundamental Capabilities Perspective

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Evaluating "The Bottom of the Pyramid" from a Fundamental Capabilities Perspective

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dc.contributor.author Crabtree, Andrew en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-04T10:24:38Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-04T10:24:38Z
dc.date.issued 2007-03-28T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 9788792111005 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/6755
dc.description.abstract Prahalad’s thesis is extremely vague, indeed it identifies seven versions. The paper then turns to examining the 12 major cross-country case studies that Prahalad uses as corroboration for his views. It argues that the evidence that Prahalad offers to support his claims fails to do so, or, proves to provide counter-examples. Furthermore, the case study approach that Prahalad uses is methodologically weak for the strong claims that he makes. Placing the argument in a broader perspective, it is argued that the bottom of the pyramid approach can do more harm than good if it, as Prahalad does, plays down factors which have been important to large scale poverty reduction in countries such as South Korea, China, India and Vietnam. After assessing the book on its own terms, the paper asks whether or not income poverty is the correct space in which to evaluate the impact of business activities. The concepts of income poverty, multidimensional poverty and capability deprivation are discussed and a notion of fundamental capability deprivations as being the relevant evaluative space is defended. It is argued while the Bottom of the Pyramid approach fares better on these criteria, but still leaves a lot to be desired. The eradication of deprivation requires more than self-interested firms. en_US
dc.format.extent 22 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries CBDS Working paper;2007-001 en_US
dc.subject.other fattigdom en_US
dc.subject.other prahalad en_US
dc.subject.other bottom of the pyramid en_US
dc.title Evaluating "The Bottom of the Pyramid" from a Fundamental Capabilities Perspective en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus miel07mar28 mielmo en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for Interkulturel Kommunikation og Ledelse en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort CBDS en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of Intercultural Communication and Management en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort ICM en_US
dc.idnumber 9788792111005 en_US
dc.publisher.city København en_US
dc.publisher.year 2007 en_US


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