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Responsible Innovation

Business Opportunities and Strategies for Implementation

  • Serves as "how to" guide for pitching RRI to businesses

  • Presents compelling good practice case studies for successful implementation of RRI

  • Offers new insights on the competitive advantage provided through RRI

Part of the book series: SpringerBriefs in Research and Innovation Governance (BRIEFSREINGO)

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    • Katharina Jarmai
    Pages 1-5Open Access
  3. Responsible Innovation in Business

    • Katharina Jarmai, Adele Tharani, Caroline Nwafor
    Pages 7-17Open Access
  4. Learning from Sustainability-Oriented Innovation

    • Katharina Jarmai
    Pages 19-35Open Access
  5. What Responsible Businesses Can Learn from Social Innovation

    • Josephina Antoniou
    Pages 37-50Open Access
  6. Engaging Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Responsible Innovation

    • Catherine Flick, Malcolm Fisk, George Ogoh
    Pages 71-83Open Access
  7. Towards a Business Case for Responsible Innovation

    • Norma Schönherr, André Martinuzzi, Katharina Jarmai
    Pages 85-97Open Access

About this book

This Open Access book, Responsible innovation provides benefits for society, for instance more sustainable products, more engagement with consumers and less anxiety about emerging technologies. As a governance tool it is mostly driven by research funders, including the European Commission, under the term “responsible research and innovation” (RRI). To achieve uptake in private industry is a challenge. This book provides successful case studies for the implementation of responsible innovation in businesses. The importance of social innovations is emphasized as a link between benefits for society and profits for businesses, especially SMEs. For corporate industry it is shown how responsible innovation can offer a competitive advantage to adopters. The book is based on the latest insights from theory and practice and combines conceptual work with first-hand experience. It is of interest to innovation managers, entrepreneurs and academics.

For academics, the book will provide a combination of analysis and discussion, and present recent learnings from first-hand interaction with entrepreneurs. For innovation managers and entrepreneurs, it will provide inspiration and better ideas about what responsible innovation can look like in practice, why others have “done it” and what the potential benefits might be. The book will thus serve the purposes of spreading the word about the responsible innovation concept among different audiences whilst making it more accessible to innovation managers and entrepreneurs.


  • Open Access
  • Responsible research
  • Responsible innovation
  • Corporate responsibility
  • Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
  • Sustainability innovation
  • Implementation of RRI
  • RRI in business
  • RRI in industry
  • research ethics

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute for Managing Sustainability, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria

    Katharina Jarmai

About the editor

Dr. Katharina Jarmai is a research fellow at the Institute for Managing Sustainability at the Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria. Her areas of interest include responsible innovation, innovation systems, and social learning processes. She has coordinated and collaborated on European projects in the areas of sustainable development, European research and innovation policy and responsible innovation. She holds a doctoral degree from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and has attained additional qualifications in the areas of group dynamics and organizational development at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, also in Austria.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)