Innovation can be described as the application of new ideas, devices or processes which in business is most often seen as a catalyst to growth. The sources of innovation are many, however recent attention has focussed on the role of social and environmental drivers. This in turn has led to the notion of ‘responsible innovation’ which demands the consideration of ethical and social aspects during innovation processes as a means to lead not only to technological innovations which are socially acceptable but also socially desirable. Whilst the development of responsible innovation is welcome, we suggest that the concept has predominantly been applied from a technocentric perspective at the level of product and service thus maintaining the current paradigm that business’s primary role is to create economic value through profit. We argue that truly responsible innovation takes place at the level of the business model itself as a means to reconceptualise the fundamental role of business in society. In doing so this paper contributes a working definition of the term ‘responsible business model’ and provides a theoretical framework that places the responsible business model at the intersection of for-profit business motivations and social impact potential. We also set out a series of challenges that need to be addressed when attempting to innovate responsibly at the level of the business model.
|Published - 17 Jun 2015
|EURAM 2015: 15th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management - Warsaw, Poland
Duration: 17 Jun 2015 → …
|EURAM 2015: 15th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management
|17/06/15 → …