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Running head: BUSINESS ETHICS QUARTERLY Article Critique of “The Poor as Suppliers of Intellectual Property: A Social Network Approach to Sustainable Poverty Alleviation” Dwight D. Wyatt Jr. Trine University ENG 501 September 27, 2017 1
Running head: BUSINESS ETHICS QUARTERLY Summary The Business Quarterly article, “The Poor as Suppliers of Intellectual Property: A Social Network Approach to Sustainable Poverty Alleviation”, Shivarajan & Srinivasan (2013), presented a concept that would alleviate the poverty based on the Base of the Pyramid. The priority in the article is the vast intellectual property that is imbedded in the poorest communities globally and the inability for this knowledge to be accessed. “Although the poor possess huge reserves of intellectual property, they are unable to participate in global knowledge networks owing to their illiteracy and poverty.” (2013, p. 382) The author gave an in-depth overview of how the Base of the Pyramid would create a solution for sustaining poverty alleviation. Although this did provide some success, the author pointed out several limitations which include: social exclusion and economic viability. Including limitations would create the sustainability (in the opinion of the author) in the process of alleviating poverty. With the concept of the Base of the Pyramid in mind the author created an alternative which viewed the poor as a supplier. The

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