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Sustainability 2017, 9(6), 971;

Innovating Responsibly in ICT for Ageing: Drivers, Obstacles and Implementation

Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire, Corporation Street, Preston PR1 2HE, UK
School of Management, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY, UK
School of Computer Science and Informatics, De Montfort University, Leicester LE1 9BH, UK
School of Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, Pyla 7080, Cyprus
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Academic Editor: Vincent Blok
Received: 20 March 2017 / Revised: 30 May 2017 / Accepted: 1 June 2017 / Published: 7 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in Industry)
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Responsible research and innovation (RRI) is a nascent concept, promoted actively by the European Union and other policy makers around the world. Hitherto, this concept has been associated primarily with publicly funded activities but given the considerable proportion of research and innovation that is undertaken in the private sector, RRI will be rendered irrelevant unless it is adopted by industry. This paper introduces a private sector perspective of RRI, specifically that of the information and communication technology (ICT) industry, working in the field of healthy ageing. Drawing upon empirical data from 30 in-depth interviews with key industry representatives from across Europe, it explores: (a) the level of awareness of RRI; (b) the drivers and obstacles influencing its implementation; and (c) the factors deemed vital for facilitation of RRI in industry. The findings paint a varied picture, including significant concerns about adoption of RRI in an industry environment where the economic implications of all activities must be considered carefully. However, some companies have found their own ways to balance financial and altruistic goals, suggesting that there is both a willingness and a place for an RRI-type governance framework within the private sector. View Full-Text
Keywords: corporate social responsibility; ICT; industry; interviews; responsible research and innovation corporate social responsibility; ICT; industry; interviews; responsible research and innovation
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Chatfield, K.; Iatridis, K.; Stahl, B.C.; Paspallis, N. Innovating Responsibly in ICT for Ageing: Drivers, Obstacles and Implementation. Sustainability 2017, 9, 971.

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