Learning to do responsible innovation in industry: six lessons

Ibo van de Poel*, Lotte Asveld, Steven Flipse, Pim Klaassen, Zenlin Kwee, Maria Maia, Elvio Mantovani, Christopher Nathan, Andrea Porcari, Emad Yaghmaei

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There is now almost a decade of experience with RRI (Responsible Research and Innovation), including a growing emphasis on RRI in industry. Based on our experiences in the EU-funded project PRISMA, we find that the companies we engaged could be motivated to do RRI, but often only after we first shifted initial assumptions and strategies. Accordingly, we formulate six lessons we learned in the expectation that they will be relevant both for RRI in industry as well as for the future of RRI more broadly. These lessons are: (1) Strategize for stakeholder engagement; (2) Broaden current assessments; (3) Place values center stage; (4) Experiment for responsiveness; (5) Monitor RRI progress; and (6) Aim for shared value.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-707
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Responsible Innovation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • industry
  • Responsible innovation
  • shared value
  • stakeholder engagement
  • technology assessment
  • trust


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