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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Grand societal challenges and responsible innovation
Authors: Vögtlin, Christian
Scherer, Andreas Georg
Stahl, Günter K.
Hawn, Olga
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1111/joms.12785
Published in: Journal of Management Studies
Volume(Issue): 59
Issue: 1
Page(s): 1
Pages to: 28
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Wiley
ISSN: 0022-2380
Language: English
Subjects: Grand societal challenge; Responsible innovation; Global and corporate governance; Deliberation; Sustainable development; COVID-19
Subject (DDC): 658.408: Security management, environmental management
Abstract: Grand societal challenges (GSCs) represent complex, multi-level, multi-dimensional problems that require concerted efforts by various actors – public, private, and non-profit – to be successfully addressed. Businesses – alone or in conjunction with governmental and non-profit organizations – are relevant actors in this regard, as they represent a source of innovation. Responsible innovation (RI) is a framework that allows for the governance and evaluation of innovations with regard to their potential harmful consequences and positive contributions to societal challenges. Moreover, it stipulates that this evaluation process should be facilitated by appropriate governance structures at various levels. The aim of this article is to expand theorizing on GSCs and RI and to encourage research that explores their links. We outline pertinent characteristics of GSCs that make current conceptualizations of corporate social responsibility and social innovation limited in addressing GSCs. We explicate the reflexive and participative capacities of RI governance as a complementary and promising way forward. Finally, we introduce the contributions to this Special Issue as illustrations of relevant theoretical and empirical groundwork around GSCs and RI, and outline the agenda for future research.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Center for Corporate Responsibility (CCR)
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Vögtlin, C., Scherer, A. G., Stahl, G. K., & Hawn, O. (2021). Grand societal challenges and responsible innovation. Journal of Management Studies, 59(1), 1–28.
Vögtlin, C. et al. (2021) ‘Grand societal challenges and responsible innovation’, Journal of Management Studies, 59(1), pp. 1–28. Available at:
C. Vögtlin, A. G. Scherer, G. K. Stahl, and O. Hawn, “Grand societal challenges and responsible innovation,” Journal of Management Studies, vol. 59, no. 1, pp. 1–28, 2021, doi: 10.1111/joms.12785.
VÖGTLIN, Christian, Andreas Georg SCHERER, Günter K. STAHL und Olga HAWN, 2021. Grand societal challenges and responsible innovation. Journal of Management Studies. 2021. Bd. 59, Nr. 1, S. 1–28. DOI 10.1111/joms.12785
Vögtlin, Christian, Andreas Georg Scherer, Günter K. Stahl, and Olga Hawn. 2021. “Grand Societal Challenges and Responsible Innovation.” Journal of Management Studies 59 (1): 1–28.
Vögtlin, Christian, et al. “Grand Societal Challenges and Responsible Innovation.” Journal of Management Studies, vol. 59, no. 1, 2021, pp. 1–28,

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