Broken promises and breaking ground for responsible innovation – intervention research to transform business-as-usual in nanotechnology innovation

Arnim Wiek, Rider W. Foley, David Guston, Michael J. Bernstein

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Abstract

Despite repeated calls for novel forms of innovation and governance, including responsible innovation, anticipatory governance, and sustainability-oriented governance, nanotechnology continues to be mainly innovated following conventional schemes – with persistent shortcomings and negative impacts. Shifting these schemes towards sustainable and responsible innovation and fully utilising the benefits of sustainable nanotechnologies will necessitate difficult changes across all stages of and actors in the innovation process. We outline an agenda for intervention research in support of such changes. The article synthesises insights from four years of research on nanotechnology innovation, anticipatory governance, and sustainability in urban environments, with a focus on Phoenix, Arizona.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)639-650
Number of pages12
JournalTechnology Analysis and Strategic Management
Volume28
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2 2016

Keywords

  • Responsible innovation
  • intervention research
  • socio-technical integration research
  • sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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