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Sustainability 2018, 10(3), 702; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10030702

Responsible Research and Innovation in Industry—Challenges, Insights and Perspectives

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Institute for Managing Sustainability, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Welthandelsplatz 1, A-1020 Vienna, Austria
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Social Sciences Group, Wageningen University, Hollandseweg 1, 6706 KN Wageningen, The Netherlands
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School of Business and Economics, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Fürther Str. 246c, 90429 Nuremberg, Germany
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Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation (TEI), University of Southern Denmark, Alsion 2, 6400 Sønderborg, Denmark
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Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, School of Computer Science and Informatics, De Montfort University, Leicester LE1 9BH, UK
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Received: 24 February 2018 / Revised: 27 February 2018 / Accepted: 27 February 2018 / Published: 5 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in Industry)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: responsible research and innovation; RRI; responsible innovation; R&D management; social innovation; sustainable innovation; corporate social responsibility; CSR; industry; business ethics responsible research and innovation; RRI; responsible innovation; R&D management; social innovation; sustainable innovation; corporate social responsibility; CSR; industry; business ethics
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Martinuzzi, A.; Blok, V.; Brem, A.; Stahl, B.; Schönherr, N. Responsible Research and Innovation in Industry—Challenges, Insights and Perspectives. Sustainability 2018, 10, 702.

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