Responsible Research and Innovation in Industry

Challenges, Insights and Perspectives

André Martinuzzi*, Vincent Blok, Alexander Brem, Bernd Stahl, Norma Schönherr

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Abstract

The responsibility of industry towards society and the environment is a much discussed topic, both in academia and in business. Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) has recently emerged as a new concept with the potential to advance this discourse in light of two major challenges industry is facing today. The first relates to the accelerating race to innovate in order to stay competitive in a rapidly changing world. The second concerns the need to maintain public trust in industry through innovations that generate social value in addition to economic returns. This Special Issue provides empirical and conceptual contributions that explore corporate motivations to adopt RRI, the state of implementation of concrete RRI practices, the role of stakeholders in responsible innovation processes, as well as drivers and barriers to the further diffusion of RRI in industry. Overall, these contributions highlight the relevance of RRI for firms of different sizes and sectors. They also provide insights and suggestions for managers, policymakers and researchers wishing to engage with responsibility in innovation. This editorial summarizes the most pertinent conclusions across the individual articles published in this Special Issue and concludes by outlining some fruitful avenues for future research in this space.

Original languageEnglish
Article number702
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume10
Issue number3
Number of pages9
ISSN2071-1050
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Keywords

  • Business ethics
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • CSR
  • Industry
  • R and D management
  • Responsible innovation
  • Responsible research and innovation
  • RRI
  • Social innovation
  • Sustainable innovation

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Martinuzzi, André ; Blok, Vincent ; Brem, Alexander ; Stahl, Bernd ; Schönherr, Norma. / Responsible Research and Innovation in Industry : Challenges, Insights and Perspectives. In: Sustainability (Switzerland). 2018 ; Vol. 10, No. 3.
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Responsible Research and Innovation in Industry : Challenges, Insights and Perspectives. / Martinuzzi, André; Blok, Vincent; Brem, Alexander; Stahl, Bernd; Schönherr, Norma.

In: Sustainability (Switzerland), Vol. 10, No. 3, 702, 2018.

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