The Importance of Responsible-Innovation and the Necessity of 'Innovation-Care'

Forthcoming in Philosophy of Management

ESSEC Working Paper 1203

21 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2013

Date Written: September 2013


This study deals with responsibility as part of innovation. By nature, innovation gives birth to development for the organization and can only be at the core of any strategy within an ever-increasingly global economic context. However it also raises new questions stemming mostly from the impossibility to forecast the success of the innovations. More precisely, the questions raised by innovation also concern its consequences on society as a whole. Today, the innovator should understand his responsibility, the consequence of each innovation.

Moreover, common acceptance of the word ‘responsibility’ raises some questions about its use and how it should be understood. What does ‘responsibility’ mean? Who is responsible and for what? Through the notion of ‘care’, we aim at providing an evolution of responsible-innovation. The concept of ‘innovation-care’ is centered on people and more precisely focuses on taking care of them. The purpose of innovation-care is indeed to innovate and keep up with the level of productivity necessary to any organization while taking into account the essential interdependence between the status of the innovator and that of the citizen.

Keywords: innovation, responsibility, care, innovator, individuals, performance, interdependence, ethics

Suggested Citation

Pavie, Xavier, The Importance of Responsible-Innovation and the Necessity of 'Innovation-Care' (September 2013). Forthcoming in Philosophy of Management, ESSEC Working Paper 1203, Available at SSRN: or

Xavier Pavie (Contact Author)

ESSEC Business School ( email )

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