Responsible innovation as an endorsement of public values: the need for interdisciplinary research

TitleResponsible innovation as an endorsement of public values: the need for interdisciplinary research
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsTaebi, B, Correljé, A, Cuppen, E, Dignum, M, Pesch, U
JournalJournal of Responsible Innovation
Volume1
Pagination118-124
Date Published2014/01/02
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number2329-9460
AbstractThis article has a theoretical and a practical objective. The theoretical objective is to conceptualize responsible innovation as the adequate and timely inclusion of public values relevant to technological development. Technological innovations always occur in a specific institutional context, closely connected to stakeholder dynamics. Hence, an ideal approach to responsible innovation requires interdisciplinary research that incorporates: (i) the ethics of technology, to investigate the role of values in design; (ii) institutional theory, to understand the parts played by institutions in realizing values; and (iii) policy, planning and science, technology and society literature, to focus on stakeholder engagement. The practical objective is to explain how this approach can be operationalized. Since values emerge and evolve during the development and implementation of technologies, we take public debate to be the empirical source for extracting public values. Several salient questions need to be addressed such as: which and whose opinion should count, and how should value trade-offs be facilitated?
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23299460.2014.882072http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/23299460.2014.882072

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