A Framework for Responsible Innovation

Richard Owen, Jack Stilgoe, Phil Macnaghten, Mike Gorman, Erik Fisher, Dave Guston

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“Responsible innovation,” in reality, lacks definition and clarity, both in concept and practice. This chapter begins by emphasizing that science and innovation have not only produced understanding, knowledge, and value (economic, social, or otherwise), but also questions, dilemmas, and unintended impacts. It presents a framework for responsible innovation, based on four dimensions-anticipatory, reflective, deliberative, and responsive. The chapter emphasizes that this must be able to reflect on both the products and purposes of science and innovation. It reminds of the rich history in a number of fields of study, both theoretical and applied, which make a significant and important contribution both to the framing and definition of responsible innovation, and to how this is translated through the dimensions into practice. The chapter concludes with some closing thoughts on implementation, on how the embedding of responsible innovation as a genuinely transformative and constructive approach can be supported
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResponsible Innovation: Managing the Responsible Emergence of Science and Innovation in Society
EditorsRichard Owen, John Bessant, Maggy Heintz
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
ISBN (Print)9781119966364
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2013


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