Inclusion in responsible innovation: revisiting the desirability of opening up

Barbara Van Mierlo*, P.J. Beers, Anne-Charlotte Hoes

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We investigate opening up, a crucial aim of responsible innovation, in the situation of companies initiating sector-wide change in order to take societal responsibility. Two case studies in agriculture were conducted, using a framing perspective that enlightens how issues are (re-)defined and acquire meaning in conversations. For both industry-led innovation initiatives, this showed when and how the initiatives’ issue frames opened up and closed down. The results suggest that the inclusion of actors is not the panacea for opening up the innovation processes, given that responsiveness seemed more relevant. Furthermore, we confirm that closing down may occur simultaneously with opening up and as such is an inherent part of responsible innovation processes. Hence, in addition to the advocated opening up, the question of how to balance it with closing down in order to arrive at collaborative action deserves full attention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-383
JournalJournal of Responsible Innovation
Issue number3
Early online date30 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • dairy
  • greenhouse sector
  • inclusion
  • issue framing
  • opening up
  • Responsible innovation


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