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Implementing Responsible Research and Innovation Practices in SMEs: Insights into Drivers and Barriers from the Austrian Medical Device Sector

Auer, Alexander and Jarmai, Katharina (2017) Implementing Responsible Research and Innovation Practices in SMEs: Insights into Drivers and Barriers from the Austrian Medical Device Sector. Sustainability, 10 (1). pp. 1-18. ISSN 2071-1050

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Abstract

This paper addresses the question of how Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) can be implemented in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). It builds on existing knowledge about RRI in business as well as on insights into motivations, drivers and barriers from the related fields of eco-innovation and sustainability innovation. Expert interviews with CEOs of SMEs in the Austrian medical device sector are analyzed to develop insights into the companies¿ research and innovation activities and potential drivers and barriers for RRI. The findings support the assumption that SMEs are largely unaware of the RRI concept. At the same time, however, it is possible to identify current practices that already operationalize aspects of RRI. It is argued that SMEs could build upon existing practices to further develop ways of being responsible and that implementation of RRI should be in line with specific organizational and contextual factors.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: responsible research and innovation; small andmedium-sized enterprises; drivers and barriers; medical devices; Austria
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2017 12:54
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2017 17:01
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/83923/
URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/5956

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