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This is a reminder that the submission period for the Special Issue on Grand Societal Challenges and Responsible Innovation of the Journal of Management Studies is from 1 May – 31 May 2019.
Please also note the dates for the R&R workshop in October 25-26, 2019 in Paris.
We are looking forward to receiving your submissions.
Journal of Management Studies
GRAND SOCIETAL CHALLENGES AND RESPONSIBLE INNOVATION
Submission Period: 1 May – 31 May 2019
Christian Voegtlin, Audencia Business School, France
Andreas Georg Scherer, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Günter K. Stahl, WU Vienna, Austria
Olga Hawn, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Donald Siegel, Arizona State University, USA
Jonathan Doh, Villanova School of Business, USA
Background to Special Issue
Policy makers, intergovernmental actors, business practitioners and researchers across disciplines have started to recognize the need to pool resources and to work together to address the so-called grand societal challenges. Grand challenges are massive social and environmental issues that transcend national borders and have potential or actual negative effects on large numbers of people, communities, and the planet as a whole, and, therefore, need to be tangibly addressed through collaborative efforts (George et al., 2016; Whiteman et al., 2013). These challenges include, though are not limited to, the challenges posed by climate change, ocean acidification, poverty and inequality. The most influential current framework that relates to the grand challenges and tries to define goals for a sustainable future are the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
One of the most promising avenues for addressing the grand societal challenges is through responsible innovation (Khavul and Bruton, 2013; Owen et al., 2012; Stilgoe et al., 2013). There have been increasing attempts by policy-makers to facilitate responsible innovation, e.g., the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) framework from the EU, the "harmonious society" concept of the Chinese government, or the recently established department of the Office of the Controller of the Currency in the US tasked with supporting responsible innovation in the financial technology sector. While these initiatives are important steps, they do not come without certain shortcomings, including being primarily limited to national territories, having the focus on risk management, and, in many cases, not having integrated businesses as a main sourceof innovation.
However, as pointed out by Aguilera and colleagues, corporations are "important and necessary social change agents" (2007, p. 857). The private sector is increasingly seen to have a critical role in developing solutions to the grand societal challenges, as evidenced by the growing number of partnerships between business community, civil society organizations, and governmental as well as intergovernmental agencies; the emergence of dedicated CSR departments in many companies; and corporate engagement in the initiatives like the UN Global Compact or the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
With this call for papers, we aim to encourage research on responsible innovation that includes business as part of the solution and focuses on the global agenda for sustainable development. Initially, "responsible innovation" was used in quite a narrow way to explore the responsibility of science with respect to issues such as research on human subjects, socio-technical integration, research integrity, intellectual property or the ethical and social implications of scientific innovation (Owen et al., 2013, p. 39). More recent analyses apply a broader perspective on innovations and take account of the variety of actors inside and outside the scientific system that might be involved in innovation processes (Khavul and Bruton, 2013; Owen et al., 2012; Stilgoe et al., 2013). Thus responsible innovation can been defined as "a transparent, interactive process by which societal actors and innovators become mutually responsive to each other with a view on the (ethical) acceptability, sustainability and societal desirability of the innovation process and its marketable products" (von Schomberg, 2011, p. 50). Seen from this perspective, responsible innovation consists of three types of responsibility which are relevant for exploring the role of private businesses (Voegtlin and Scherer, 2017): (1) the responsibility to do no harm, (2) the responsibility to do good (Stahl and Sully de Luque, 2014) and (3) responsible governance (Scherer and Palazzo, 2011), which involves establishing institutions, structures, and procedures on multiple levels in order to facilitate innovations that suffice (1) and (2).
Research in business and management has so far been mostly looking at either the dimension of "do no harm" or "do good", but has rarely considered them as interdependent, nor has there been much research on responsible governance that facilitates responsible innovation. With regard to the dimension of "do no harm", the extant literature has for the most part focused on risk management frameworks that seek to regulate innovation processes in order to mitigate potential harm; in addition, there have been calls for open innovation and democratizing innovation as a way to integrate a variety of stakeholders (Owen et al., 2013; von Hippel, 2005; von Hippel and von Krogh, 2003). With regard to the dimension of "do good", we see scholars researching social and ecological innovation, or investigating the challenges faced by hybrid organizations that strive to pursue both social and economic missions (Dahan et al., 2010; Ebrahim et al., 2014; Markman et al., 2016). As mentioned above, research on innovative governance is scarce; in particular the role of business in defining and enforcing new governance mechanisms that facilitate responsible innovations has yet to be explored (Scherer & Palazzo, 2011; Scherer et al., 2016 ). Last but not least, further theory building and empirical research are warranted around the concept of responsible innovation as such.
We believe that the topic is one that is predestined for cross-disciplinary research and for thinking beyond established boundaries. Complex problems require complex answers, and we therefore encourage the dialogue between scholars from a variety of disciplines to engage with management research. We invite conceptual and empirical submissions drawing on a range of theoretical perspectives and diverse methodologies. We expect papers to advance our theoretical understanding of responsible innovation, its drivers and outcomes, and its contribution to solving grand societal challenges. The following topic areas highlight exemplary questions and research themes:
1. The Nature, Consequences and Context of Responsible Innovation
2. Macro-Level – Institutional Dynamics Related to Responsible Innovation
3. Meso-Level – Organizing for Responsible Innovation
4. Micro-Level – The Individual Contributing to Responsible Innovation
Submission Process and Deadlines
Special Issue Workshop
October 25-26, 2019 at Audencia Business School, Paris Campus, France. To help authors advance their manuscripts, the proponents of the Special Issue will organize a special issue workshop. Authors of R&R manuscripts will be invited to present their papers and react to their colleague's papers during the workshop, but presentation at the workshop will not guarantee acceptance of the paper for publication in JMS. Attending the workshop will not be a precondition for acceptance into the Special Issue.
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Dahan, N. M., Doh, J. P., Oetzel, J. and Yaziji, M. (2010). 'Corporate-NGO collaboration: Co-
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Christian Voegtlin, PhD
Associate Professor – Corporate Social Responsibility
Department of Business & Society
Audencia Business School
Tel.: +33 (0)2 40 37 45 28