Innovation as Ethos

Moving Beyond CSR and Practical Wisdom in Innovation Ethics
  • Vincent BlokEmail author
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Part of the Handbooks in Philosophy book series (HP)


In this chapter, I philosophically reflect on the management of corporate responsibility in the case of innovation. I first set the scene by contrasting responsibility in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and innovation ethics, and arguing that classical conceptualizations of backward and forward looking responsibility are inappropriate in the case of innovation. Next, I introduce the concept of responsible innovation as a lens to understand the management of corporate responsibility in the case of innovation and show that the notions of virtue ethics and practical wisdom are inappropriate for understanding what is at stake in innovation ethics, because the notion of practical wisdom is at odds with the nature of innovation. I conclude this chapter by proposing a concept of action-based responsible management of corporate innovation, which will be framed in terms of innovation as ethos.


Innovation ethics Responsible innovation Corporate social responsibility Corporate social performance Action-based responsible management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wageningen UniversityWageningenNetherlands

Section editors and affiliations

  • Cristina Neesham
    • 1
  • Rob Macklin
    • 2
  1. 1.Swinburne University of TechnologyMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.University of TasmaniaHobartAustralia

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