Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) has become a popular term as a result of making it a cross-cutting theme for the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union. It requires opening up the research and innovation system to the participation and collective intelligence of society, embedding high integrity and ethics standards, and raising
interest in science,all through the collaboration of a wide array of stakeholders. In the spirit of collaboration through research and innovation, The Learning Organisation (TLO) is calling for contributions by expert individuals, to build on the inter-connective factors that lie within RRI and organizational learning.

TLO is an international journal with a focus on learning organizations and organizational learning. It is the only journal uniquely dedicated to the debate, discussion and analysis of learning and knowledge creation from an organizational perspective

This special issue aims to bridge the gap between two areas of research, RRI and the learning organization/organizational learning. It is important to understand the necessary institutional changes that will make RRI a reality and the possible role of organizational learning in this change process. To contribute to this discussion, TLO invites empirical and theoretical papers that explore the linkages between RRI and the learning organization/organizational learning. Although articles can focus on individual decision-makers or learners or groups of these entities in the institutional change process, they should explicitly connect to organizational learning and/or learning organizations.

Submissions are welcome on a range of topics including, but not limited to, the following:
•    The institutional changes needed to make RRI a reality in organizations.
•    Institutional barriers for RRI (what types of changes are necessary to incentivize researchers/employees?).
•    How the learning organization can facilitate responsible innovation, and the potential obstacles to responsible innovation in a learning organization.
•    How the learning organization should be adapted to meet particular standards of responsible conduct, and the role of institutional policy in facilitating this adaptation process.
•    RRI for emerging digital technologies, e.g. additive manufacturing/3D printing, etc.

More information on how to submit your paper here

Background and information on the call for papers

Guest editors:

Dr. Nhien Nguyen, Associate Professor of Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Senior Researcher at Nordland Research Institute. Contact: [email protected] 

Dr. Dr. phil. René von Schomberg, European Commission/ Technical University of Darmstadt. Contact: [email protected]

Abstract (max 500 words) to be sent to the guest editors by January 31, 2021. Notification about further consideration of contributions will be given by March 15, 2021. The submission deadline for full papers is 30 July 2021. The call will be open from 31st March 2021.

The Special Issue is scheduled to appear in The Learning Organization (Emerald) in 2022. All submitted papers should follow TLO’s author guidelines, which can be found here. Submissions to be made through the ScholarOne manuscript submission portal

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