Engaging Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Responsible Innovation

Flick, Catherine, Fisk, Malcolm orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-1602-8393 and Ogoh, George (2019) Engaging Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Responsible Innovation. In: Responsible Innovation. SpringerBriefs in Research and Innovation Governance . Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 71-83. ISBN 978-94-024-1719-7

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A significant part of responsible innovation is engagement with diverse groups of stakeholders; this remains true for projects investigating responsible innovation practices. This chapter discusses strategies for engaging small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in co-creating visions of and plans for implementing responsible innovation, drawing on the example of engagement with United Kingdom cyber security companies. The key aspect of the engagement was building trust between the responsible innovation researchers and the companies. Trust was built by a movement away from traditional recruitment procedures for research projects, towards proactive engagement with the culture and traditions of the sector – participating in company sponsored talks and conferences, finding ways to communicate effectively, and ensuring a tailored message that fit the expectations and requirements of the sector. This chapter reviews the context in which the recruitment took place, the assumptions made prior to recruitment, the approaches taken, the revisions made to these approaches, and ultimately offers some general recommendations for industry engagement in responsible innovation activities.

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