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Journal of Responsible Innovation

For a Special Issue on
Institutionalising Responsible Innovation in Industry and Other Competitive Environments

Abstract deadline
01 June 2022

Manuscript deadline
01 September 2022

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Institutionalising Responsible Innovation in Industry and Other Competitive Environments

Guest editors: Edurne Iñigo Alday, Keren Naa Abeka Arthur, Vincent Blok, Jilde Garst, Richard Owen, Bernd Carsten Stahl

Responsible Innovation in Industry is a rapidly emerging area of research and scholarship. This special issue further develops this area by focusing on the institutionalization of Responsible Innovation in industrial organizations, cross-sector or quadruple-helix collaborations for responsible open innovation, and other competitive environments. This focus encompasses a broad range of approaches in business, management, and organizations to addressing societal considerations including but not limited to stakeholder engagement, anticipation of consequences, ethical responsibilities, and tensions between economic and social value creation. Given the growing emphasis on Responsible AI, Responsible Technology, Sustainable Development Goals, and other aspects of Responsible Innovation—a designation increasingly employed by high profile companies—this special issue more pointedly asks whether and to what extent Responsible Innovation principles and practices are or can take root within organizations and networks that operate within or alongside competitive markets, systems, and logics.

We invite contributions which aim to analyse, understand, and critically interrogate attempts to translate, embed, implement, or otherwise institutionalise Responsible Innovation (RI) and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) within competitive environments. These environments are characterized by tensions between multiple interests and competing logics (often framed as business survival versus societal prosperity). They can be investigated (a) within organizations (e.g., small, medium, and large-size corporations, cooperatives, social enterprises, and hybrid organizations) or (b) beyond the organizational level (e.g., public-private partnerships, quadruple helix collaborations, industrial sectors, and markets). We encourage contributions that illuminate successes, failures, opportunities, challenges, tensions, and paradoxes around RI and RRI within the dynamics of institutionalisation and organisational change.

Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

  1. The ‘business case’ for RI/RRI: synergies and tensions between social and economic value creation, and other competing logics in innovation
  2. Creating, maintaining, and disrupting the institution of RI and its archetypes through institutional work
  3. Inclusive innovation through the involvement of underrepresented populations
  4. Value synergies and conflicts between stakeholders in innovation
  5. Tensions related to the commercialization of (academic) research and inventions
  6. Embedding responsible innovation in organisational strategy and structures, and related performing, organizing, and learning paradoxes
  7. The role of marketing and user-led innovation in responsible innovation processes
  8. The role of standardisation in promoting or hindering RI
  9. The advantages and disadvantages of RI in social entrepreneurship and non-profit organizations
  10. Business ethics in the development, commercialization, and processes of innovation
  11. Social responsibility in innovation networks and hubs
  12. Collaboration versus competition between countries or regions on (technological) innovation and its societal consequences
  13. Embedding of RI ‘in the digital world’, e.g. responsible AI, responsible data stewardship, responsibility in the block chain

We are interested in receiving data-driven empirical studies as well as conceptual papers (Research Articles of 6,000-10,000 words). We also welcome short theoretical reflections (Perspectives of 2,000-3,000 words). We invite studies that are informed by relevant theory (e.g., organizational sensemaking, (neo-)institutional theory, practice theory, paradox theory, agency theory, stakeholder theory, etc.), with an emphasis on what such theoretical perspectives can tell us about the nature, extent, and conditions of institutionalization of RI and RRI in situated industrial and competitive contexts. For empirical studies, we are open to qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches with inductive, deductive, or abductive analyses that aim to contribute to theory at the intersection of the Responsible Innovation literature and business administration literature, an intersection that has been little explored to date. We are especially interested in empirical investigations of strategies, tools, and cases that help illuminate what is at stake in institutionalisation of RI and RRI. We also welcome less traditional research approaches, such as action research.

Submissions should ensure they (a) have a focus on RI (or cognates such as RRI, anticipatory governance, technology assessment, sustainable development, values-sensitive design, etc., that they clearly link to RI), (b) make substantial use of concepts drawn from relevant theoretical perspectives, and (c) contribute to the rapidly maturing body of scholarship on RI and RRI.

Submission Instructions

Full papers should be marked for this special issue and submitted here by 1 September 2022. Optional abstracts of 1000 words (exclusive of references) may be emailed by 1 June 2022 to [email protected]. Abstracts should describe the research problem and question, methodological approach (if appropriate), theoretical angle, and scholarly contribution. Accepted papers will be immediately published online. The entire special issue will be published by July 2023.

The Journal of Responsible Innovation (JRI) provides a forum for discussions of the normative assessment and governance of knowledge-based innovation. Journal metrics for 2020 include: 4.034 Impact Factor, Q1 Impact Factor Best Quartile, and Q1 CiteScore Best Quartile. In 2021 JRI had 177K annual downloads/views. As a fully Open Access journal we can provide a limited number of article processing fee waivers / reductions for authors from beyond Europe and North America, and for lead authors from any country who are early career researchers (i.e., within 5 years of obtaining their PhD).

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