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Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1719; doi:10.3390/su9101719

Responsible Innovation: A Complementary View from Industry with Proposals for Bridging Different Perspectives

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FUTOPEDIA, Champsot 28, CH-1822 Sonzier, Switzerland
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Académie royale de Belgique, rue Ducale 1, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
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Corporate Research & Innovation, Solvay Campus, 310 rue de Ransbeek, 1120 Bruxelles, Belgium
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jvhinnovation GmbH, 4125 Riehen, Switzerland
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Politecnico of Torino, Via S.G.Bosco 4, 10015 Ivrea, Italy
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TUTECH INNOVATION GMBH, Harburger Schloßstr. 6-12, 21079 Hamburg, Germany
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The Florin Partnership, Temple Ewell CT16 3DA, UK
The authors are members of a task force on Responsible Innovation RI set up under the auspices of the European Industrial Research Management Association (EIRMA). This document represents the views of individual members only and should not be taken as a statement of the views of the organisation as whole.
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Received: 28 June 2017 / Revised: 15 August 2017 / Accepted: 18 September 2017 / Published: 25 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in Industry)
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Abstract

This paper presents a consensus view on Responsible Innovation by a group of industry practitioners, each with high level management experience in driving innovation from within industrial companies operating in different sectors. The authors argue that, while a substantial body of academic research on Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) of potential interest now exists, it is failing to have impact in the industrial community, where it is understood to be partially targeted, because many of the concepts, tools and methodologies are not aligned with current industrial practices. This is leading to a misconception as to where industry stands on topics addressed by RRI and difficulties in forwarding a dialogue that is meaningful to both parties. The need to distinguish between processes relating to research and innovation is argued, together with the view that research into RRI should encompass more of the on-going work being carried out in related fields such as the role of companies in society, the debate around Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Corporate Shared Value (CSV), responsible digital innovation, the elements of ethical leadership, sustainable investment policies and work on establishing social impact factors as well as public concerns on innovation. Directions for an alignment of the terminology and concepts are also proposed. This paper is to be viewed as an attempt at bridging perspectives with the aim of finding common ground to develop the field of RRI further so that it provides effective concepts, tools and methodologies to guide industrial innovation towards better societal outcomes. View Full-Text
Keywords: RRI; Responsible Research and Innovation; research integrity; responsible innovation; trust; responsible digital innovation; Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); Corporate Shared Values (CSV); Sustainable Development Goals (SDG); values; ethical leadership; business ethics; responsible investments RRI; Responsible Research and Innovation; research integrity; responsible innovation; trust; responsible digital innovation; Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); Corporate Shared Values (CSV); Sustainable Development Goals (SDG); values; ethical leadership; business ethics; responsible investments
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Dreyer, M.; Chefneux, L.; Goldberg, A.; von Heimburg, J.; Patrignani, N.; Schofield, M.; Shilling, C. Responsible Innovation: A Complementary View from Industry with Proposals for Bridging Different Perspectives. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1719.

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