2. A Framework for Responsible Innovation

  1. Richard Owen6,
  2. John Bessant6 and
  3. Maggy Heintz7
  1. Richard Owen6,
  2. Jack Stilgoe6,
  3. Phil Macnaghten1,2,
  4. Mike Gorman3,
  5. Erik Fisher4 and
  6. Dave Guston5

Published Online: 2 APR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118551424.ch2

Responsible Innovation: Managing the Responsible Emergence of Science and Innovation in Society

Responsible Innovation: Managing the Responsible Emergence of Science and Innovation in Society

How to Cite

Owen, R., Stilgoe, J., Macnaghten, P., Gorman, M., Fisher, E. and Guston, D. (2013) A Framework for Responsible Innovation, in Responsible Innovation: Managing the Responsible Emergence of Science and Innovation in Society (eds R. Owen, J. Bessant and M. Heintz), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118551424.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 6

    University of Exeter Business School, UK

  2. 7

    French Embassy, London, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Durham University, UK

  2. 2

    State University of Campinas, Brazil

  3. 3

    University of Virginia, USA

  4. 4

    Arizona State University, Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, USA

  5. 5

    Arizona State University, USA

  6. 6

    University of Exeter Business School, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 APR 2013
  2. Published Print: 26 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119966364

Online ISBN: 9781118551424

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Keywords:

  • four dimensions;
  • responsible innovation;
  • science

Summary

“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.