Management Practice Insights


Management Practice Insights

Year: 2023, Volume: 1, Issue: 2, Pages: 24-30

Original Article


Received Date:12 June 2023, Accepted Date:16 August 2023, Published Date:10 October 2023


Problem of Practice: For-profit organizations are prime engines of innovation, and even as they pursue commercial success, the onus is on them to become responsible innovators. Hence the question that innovation-focused CXOs (CTOs, VPs of Product Management, Product-led CEOs, etc.) should ask is: How can my organization become a responsible innovator? Recent research by Christian Voegtlin and team claims that such transformative goals require large-scale innovations, which should be evaluated and governed using a set of responsible innovation principles.1 In this essay, we outline the need for responsible innovation, define the principles of responsible innovation, and provide recommendations on how for-profit organizations can turn these principles into practice


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