The Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Maturity Model: Linking theory and practice

Bernd Stahl, Michael Obach, Emad Yaghmaei, Veikko Ikonen, Kate Chatfield, Alexander Brem

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Responsible research and innovation (RRI) is an approach to research and innovation governance aiming to ensure that research purpose, process and outcomes are acceptable, sustainable and even desirable. In order to achieve this ambitious aim, RRI must be relevant to research and innovation in industry. In this paper, we discuss a way of understanding and representing RRI that resonates with private companies and lends itself to practical implementation and action. We propose the development of an RRI maturity model in the tradition of other well-established maturity models, linked with a corporate research and development (R&D) process. The foundations of this model lie in the discourse surrounding RRI and selected maturity models from other domains as well as the results of extensive empirical investigation. The model was tested in three industry environments and insights from these case studies show the model to be viable and useful in corporate innovation processes. With this approach, we aim to inspire further research and evaluation of the proposed maturity model as a tool for facilitating the integration of RRI in corporate management.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftSustainability
Vol/bind9
Udgave nummer6
Sider (fra-til)1-19
ISSN2071-1050
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2017

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model theory
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innovation
Innovation
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Industry
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Stahl, Bernd ; Obach, Michael ; Yaghmaei, Emad ; Ikonen, Veikko ; Chatfield, Kate ; Brem, Alexander. / The Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Maturity Model : Linking theory and practice. I: Sustainability. 2017 ; Bind 9, Nr. 6. s. 1-19.
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Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

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