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Sustainability 2017, 9(5), 721; doi:10.3390/su9050721

Lessons for Responsible Innovation in the Business Context: A Systematic Literature Review of Responsible, Social and Sustainable Innovation Practices

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Department of Management Studies, Wageningen University, 6706 KN Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Department of Economics of Consumers and Households, Wageningen University, 6706 KN Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Received: 7 February 2017 / Revised: 23 April 2017 / Accepted: 25 April 2017 / Published: 5 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in Industry)
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This paper aims to contribute to the ongoing conceptual debate on responsible innovation, and provides innovation practices and processes that can help to implement responsible innovation in the business context. Based on a systematic literature review of 72 empirical scholarly articles, it was possible to identify, analyse and synthesise empirical findings reported in studies on social, sustainable and responsible innovation practices in the business context. The synthesis of the included articles resulted in a refined framework for responsible innovation in the business context. This framework includes an overview of innovation practices and processes that can enhance the dimensions of responsible innovation: anticipation, reflexivity, inclusion, deliberation, responsiveness and knowledge management. Additionally, knowledge gaps are identified and a research agenda for responsible innovation is proposed. This review can therefore serve as a next step in the theoretical and practical development of responsible innovation in general, and in the business context in particular. View Full-Text
Keywords: responsible research and innovation; social innovation; sustainable innovation; sustainability; governance; industry; entrepreneurship responsible research and innovation; social innovation; sustainable innovation; sustainability; governance; industry; entrepreneurship
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Lubberink, R.; Blok, V.; van Ophem, J.; Omta, O. Lessons for Responsible Innovation in the Business Context: A Systematic Literature Review of Responsible, Social and Sustainable Innovation Practices. Sustainability 2017, 9, 721.

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