Strategic Leadership for Responsible Innovation

Do you know how to make an innovation a viable business model? Add a new dimension to your innovation process and discover the new business opportunities that arise from our Responsible Innovation (RI) approach. In this course you will learn how to make an RI strategy a reality in your organization.

The responsible development of new products and services is increasingly relevant for companies today. Following a RI approach can add considerable value to your company. In particular, it will guarantee the societal and ethical acceptance of new products and services, and will reduce the risks associated with launching new technologies. This has a demonstrable beneficial impact on the competitiveness of companies: more successful innovations with fewer risks.

New and important dimension
The concept of RI introduces a new and important dimension to the innovation process: it requires not only that the new product or service is market ready and economically viable but that it is ethically acceptable, environmentally sustainable and socially desirable.

For example, new physical and digital infrastructures should be proven safe for their users and stakeholders, and not just to meet safety requirements. Products should be designed to be sustainable and not just to comply with emission norms under test conditions. Telecom systems should meet the values of national security and user privacy. Artificial intelligence, robotics, big data and smart systems should be developed to serve our moral, social and legal value commitments to sustainability, circular economy, bottom of the pyramid and well-being.

Learn how to lead
Are you influencing others to innovate responsibly in your organization? Having good ideas is not enough. This course will help you realize your ideas in the organization and how to create followers that buy in and contribute to your innovative solutions. This course will first give you a thorough understanding of the concept of RI and the underlying instruments, like stakeholder engagement and transparency. We will then show you how to successfully integrate RI in your innovation strategy and CSR polices and convince your shareholders and CEOs of the benefits of RI. Last but not least, you will learn how to lead an innovation process based on the principles of RI.

This is the right course for:
Business executives, developers, managers and entrepreneurs who are eager to think 'out-of-the-box' about social responsibility and technological innovation within their organization.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply the concept of Responsible Innovation (RI) including all its practicalities.
  • Increase your competitive advantage through responsible innovation.
  • Evaluate approaches to drive RI in new and successful business models.
  • Use frugal innovation to avoid the pitfalls of over-engineering.
  • Assess the implications of RI for your innovation strategy.
  • Lead the process of RI within your organization.

By innovating responsibly, your organization will both contribute to a better world and also benefit commercially. After, this course you will be able to include RI in your business models and policies. This will have a clear spin-off value for your reputation, competitive advantage and long term value.

In this course you will get personal advice from TU Delft experts on how to innovate responsibly to ensure the viability of your business.

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CFIA's co-director Cees van Beers is one of the instructors of this online learning and the lead in the research project Responsible Innovation.  

                                       Learn more about the Responsible Innovation project