Institutional Drivers of Responsible Innovation: The Impact of the UN Global Compact in the Digital Age

44 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2019

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Stefan Schembera

Department of Business Administration

Alice Hengevoss

University of Basel - Center for Philanthropy Studies

Date Written: November 11, 2019

Abstract

Various actors have increasingly recognized the need to join forces in tackling “grand challenges” – that is, global societal and environmental problems. A core outcome envisioned by such joint efforts is responsible innovation. While the responsible innovation literature has long focused on national initiatives, governmental actors, and the field of science, insights on multi-actor efforts in contributing to responsible innovation remain scarce. Moreover, the changing conditions for actors to communicate and collaborate with each other in the age of digitalization have not yet been sufficiently acknowledged in this context. Drawing on the largest multi-actor sustainability initiative worldwide, the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), we seek to close these gaps. Building on the concept of deliberative democracy, we theorize and empirically analyze how and why local UNGC activities and information and communication technologies drive responsible innovation. Our study contributes to the literatures on responsible innovation, global governance initiatives and grand challenges.

Keywords: Deliberation, digitalization, global governance, grand challenges, responsible innovation, UN Global Compact

Suggested Citation

Schembera, Stefan and Hengevoss, Alice, Institutional Drivers of Responsible Innovation: The Impact of the UN Global Compact in the Digital Age (November 11, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3485060 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3485060

Stefan Schembera (Contact Author)

Department of Business Administration ( email )

Nijmegen
Netherlands

Alice Hengevoss

University of Basel - Center for Philanthropy Studies ( email )

Peter Merian-Weg 6
P.O. 4653
Basel, CH-4002
Switzerland

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