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Responsible Innovation and Corporate Sustainability: Opportunities and Challenges

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic and Business Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 May 2023) | Viewed by 2185

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School of Economics and Management, Taiyuan University of Science and Technology, Taiyuan, China
Interests: corporate social responsibility; sustainable innovation; business ethics

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BGF, Faculty for International Business and Management, Budapest Business School, 1055 Budapest, Hungary
Interests: corporate sustainability; corporate social responsibility; corporate ethics
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LeBow College of Business, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Interests: management science; sustainable production
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School of Economics and Management, Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China
Interests: corporate sustainability; organizational ecology; innovation management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As the key driving factor for firms to enhance their business value and maintain their core competitiveness, it has become a general consensus in society to promote firm transformation and upgrading and high-quality development by implementing innovation strategies. However, the negative externalities of innovation activities (Mei and Chen, 2016), such as moral and ethical crises (Buhmann and Fieseler, 2021), environmental pollution (Marques Postal et al., 2020), and data privacy concerns (Addis, 2021), have also triggered the implementation of responsible innovation in academic and industrial circles. The concept of responsible innovation was first developed by Hellström and listed as an important section of the EU Horizon 2020 framework plan (Mei et al., 2021). Its key is to require firms and their stakeholders to fully consider the unknown risks and negative effects that may arise from innovation activities while pursuing the commercial value of innovation based on taking into account factors such as business ethics, social moral acceptance, and social expectation and satisfaction. Responsible innovation provides new opportunities for the sustainable development of firms by amplifying and promoting the positive external effects of innovation and reducing or avoiding the negative external effects of innovation. Previous studies have examined the impact of responsible innovation on firms’ innovation activities, social responsibility performance, and sustainable development (Stahl et al., 2019) from the perspective of responsible innovation (Asante et al., 2014) and evaluation tools of firm performance (Gurzawska, 2021). Findings show that responsible innovation makes the division of rights and responsibilities of entrepreneurs more clear, which is conducive to coordinating the formative and summative goals of firms (Lehoux et al., 2020). Meanwhile, it is of great significance for firms to realize commercial and social value, and to maintain a sustainable competitive advantage in the market competition environment. However, during the period of responsible innovation practice by firms, due to the existence of inertial thinking schemes of "efficiency first" and "technology empowerment", as well as development dilemmas such as the decrease in slack-innovation resource, the increase in operating costs, and lower profit performance (even loss) due to implementing responsible innovation (Su and Wang, 2021), responsible innovation faces many theoretical and practical problems that need to be explored and solved urgently.

Therefore, the purpose of this Special Issue is to comprise a collection of empirical and theoretical studies covering a wide range of themes related to "Responsible Innovation and Corporate Sustainability". We sincerely hope that the collection of this Special Issue can provide new insights for firms to better implement technology for good, sustainable, and inclusive responsible innovation to improve corporate sustainability. Submissions that address issues related (but not limited) to the following main topics are particularly welcomed:

  1. Driving mechanism of responsible innovation;
  2. Implementation mode of responsible innovation;
  3. Influencing factors of responsible innovation;
  4. Governance mechanism of responsible innovation;
  5. Economic consequences of responsible innovation;
  6. Responsible innovation and corporate competitiveness;
  7. Responsible innovation and corporate performance;
  8. Responsible innovation and corporate strategy;
  9. Responsible innovation and sustainable development of firms.

Prof. Dr. Jintao Lu
Dr. Krisztina Szegedi
Prof. Dr. Benjamin Lev
Prof. Dr. Changhong Li
Guest Editors

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  • global reporting initiative (GRI)
  • sustainable development goals (SDGs)
  • environmental, social and governance (ESG)
  • scientific and technological innovation
  • social ethics and morality
  • technology for social good
  • innovation governance
  • corporate strategy

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An Empirical Study of the Technoparks in Turkey in Investigating the Challenges and Potential of Designing Intelligent Spaces
by Serdar Erişen
Sustainability 2023, 15(13), 10150; - 26 Jun 2023
Cited by 2 | Viewed by 1489
The use of innovative technologies in workspaces, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart systems, has been increasing, yet it remains in the minority of the total number of smart system applications. However, universities and technopoles are part of open innovation [...] Read more.
The use of innovative technologies in workspaces, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart systems, has been increasing, yet it remains in the minority of the total number of smart system applications. However, universities and technopoles are part of open innovation that can encourage experimental IoT and smart system projects in places. This research considers the challenges and advantages of developing intelligent environments with smart systems in the Technology Development Zones (TDZs) of Turkey. The growth of Silicon Valley has inspired many technopoles in different countries. Thus, the article includes first a comprehensive survey of the story of Silicon Valley and the emerging technological potential of open and responsible innovation for intelligent spaces and technoparks with rising innovative interest. The study then conducts empirical research in inspecting the performance of TDZs in Turkey. In the research, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) models are applied in the analyses of critical performance indicators for encouraging incentives and investments in innovative attempts and productivity in TDZs; the challenges, potential, and need for intelligent spaces are evaluated accordingly. This article also reports on the minority of the design staff and the lack of innovation in developing intelligent spaces in the organization of the creative class in Turkey. Consequently, the research proposes a set of implementations for deploying intelligent spaces to be practiced in new and existing TDZs by considering their potential for sustainable and responsible innovation. Full article
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