1st Edition

Responsible Innovation in Large Technological Systems

    Large technological systems, such as seaports, nuclear power stations, wind farms and natural gas extraction, provide vital functions for society. And yet these large technological systems have an impact on different stakeholder groups in both positive and negative ways.

    This book defines responsible innovation and describes how both the innovation process and the resulting innovation outcome can be designed, created and implemented in a way that respects the various stakeholder groups involved and affected by the system. Taking a case-based approach, a number of large technological systems are profiled, including hydraulic engineering, nuclear energy, smart metering, and wind power. The values of each of the stakeholder groups, and the costs and benefits of the systems presented, are analysed. The book concludes by combining these insights to provide a framework for how responsible innovation of large technological systems can be implemented in practice.

    The book will be of particular interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers in technology and innovation management, and corporate governance, CSR and business ethics.


    1. Introduction: Exploring responsible innovation of large technological systems in society
    2. J.R. Ortt, I.R. van de Poel, D.C. van Putten, L.M. Kamp

    3. Responsible innovation in the hydraulic engineering sector
    4. P.H.A.J.M. van Gelder, N. Doorn, J.G. de Gijt

    5. Responsible innovation for smart metering: An illustrative case study
    6. G. van de Kaa, P.M. Herder, A. Ligtvoet, Z. Lukszo

    7. Frames of reference and the interpretation of values in the Dutch shale gas debate
    8. M. Dignum, U. Pesch, A.F. Correljé

    9. Responsible innovation of nuclear energy technologies: Social experiments, intergenerational justice, and emotions
    10. B. Taebi, S. Roeser, I.R. van de Poel

    11. Can frugal innovations be responsible innovations?
    12. C.P. van Beers, P. Knorringa, A.H.M. Leliveld

    13. How responsible was innovation in subsequent wind power episodes?
    14. J.R. Ortt, L.M. Kamp, R.W. Kunneke

    15. Responsible port innovation in the Dutch delta: the Maasvlakte 2 port extension project
    16. W. Ravesteijn

    17. How do we judge the responsibility (or otherwise) of research and innovation?
      Capital, Aristotle, and the neglected factor: freedom
    18. C.W.M. Naastepad, J.M. Mulder

    19. Conclusions: What is responsible innovation and how to do it?

                J.R. Ortt, D.C. van Putten, L.M. Kamp, I.R. van de Poel


    J. Roland Ortt is Associate Professor of Technology and Innovation Management at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.

    David van Putten is a PhD student working at the Faculty of Philosophy (ESPhil) of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

    Linda M. Kamp is Assistant Professor of Sustainable Innovations and Transitions at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.

    Ibo van de Poel is Anthoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor in Ethics and Technology and Head of the Department of Values, Technology and Innovation at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at the Technical University Delft in the Netherlands.