Large technological systems, such as seaports, nuclear power stations, wind farms and natural gas extraction, provide vital functions for society. And yet these large technological systems have an impact on different stakeholder groups in both positive and negative ways.

This book defines responsible innovation and describes how both the innovation process and the resulting innovation outcome can be designed, created and implemented in a way that respects the various stakeholder groups involved and affected by the system. Taking a case-based approach, a number of large technological systems are profiled, including hydraulic engineering, nuclear energy, smart metering, and wind power. The values of each of the stakeholder groups, and the costs and benefits of the systems presented, are analysed. The book concludes by combining these insights to provide a framework for how responsible innovation of large technological systems can be implemented in practice.

The book will be of particular interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers in technology and innovation management, and corporate governance, CSR and business ethics.

chapter 5|16 pages

Responsible innovation of nuclear energy technologies

Social experiments, intergenerational justice and emotions

chapter 9|19 pages

How do we judge the responsibility (or otherwise) of research and innovation?

Capital, Aristotle, and the neglected factor: freedom

chapter 10|17 pages


How can responsible innovation be defined and how to do it?