Definitions and Conceptual Dimensions of Responsible Research and Innovation: A Literature Review

TitleDefinitions and Conceptual Dimensions of Responsible Research and Innovation: A Literature Review
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsBurget, M, Bardone, E, Pedaste, M
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2017
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsCREATIVE , definitions , ethics , EUROPEAN , Horizon , research , Responsible , Scientific , Technological
AbstractThe aim of this study is to provide a discussion on the definitions and conceptual dimensions of Responsible Research and Innovation based on findings from the literature. In the study, the outcomes of a literature review of 235 RRI-related articles were presented. The articles were selected from the EBSCO and Google Scholar databases regarding the definitions and dimensions of RRI. The results of the study indicated that while administrative definitions were widely quoted in the reviewed literature, they were not substantially further elaborated. Academic definitions were mostly derived from the institutional definitions; however, more empirical studies should be conducted in order to give a broader empirical basis to the development of the concept. In the current study, four distinct conceptual dimensions of RRI that appeared in the reviewed literature were brought out: inclusion, anticipation, responsiveness and reflexivity. Two emerging conceptual dimensions were also added: sustainability and care. 
NotesBurget, Mirjam 1; Email Address: Bardone, Emanuele 1; Email Address: Pedaste, Margus 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: University of Tartu , Tartu Estonia; Source Info: Feb2017, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p1; Subject Term: Definitions; Subject Term: Technological innovations; Subject Term: Creative ability in technology; Subject Term: Scientific method; Subject Term: Research -- Methodology; Author-Supplied Keyword: Ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: European union research policy; Author-Supplied Keyword: Horizon 2020; Author-Supplied Keyword: Research governance; Author-Supplied Keyword: Research policy; Author-Supplied Keyword: Responsible innovation; Author-Supplied Keyword: Responsible research and innovation; Number of Pages: 19p; Document Type: Article