A Framework for Responsible Innovation in the Business Context: Lessons from Responsible-, Social- and Sustainable Innovation

R.J.B. Lubberink, V. Blok, J.A.C. van Ophem, S.W.F. Omta

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Abstract

While the concept of Responsible Innovation is increasingly common among researchers and policy makers, it is still unknown what it means in a business context. This study aims to identify which aspects of Responsible Innovation are conceptually similar and dissimilar from social- and sustainable innovation. Our conceptual analysis is based on literature reviews of responsible-, social-, and sustainable innovation. The insights obtained are used for conceptualising Responsible Innovation in a business context. The main conclusion is that Responsible Innovation differs from social- and sustainable innovation as it: (1) also considers possible detrimental implications of innovation, (2) includes a mechanism for responding to uncertainties associated with innovation and (3) achieves a democratic governance of the innovation. However, achieving the latter will not be realistic in a business context. The results of this study are relevant for researchers, managers and policy makers who are interested in responsible innovation in the business context
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResponsible innovation 3
Subtitle of host publicationa European Agenda?
EditorsLotte Asveld, Rietje van Dam-Mieras, Tsjalling Swierstra, Saskia Lavrijssen, Kees Linse, Jeroen van den Hoven
PublisherSpringer
Pages181-207
ISBN (Electronic)9783319648347
ISBN (Print)9783319648330
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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