Values, Technology and Innovation
The Department of Values, Technology & Innovation (VTI) focuses on the value dimension of comprehensive engineering, the overarching research theme of the Faculty Technology, Policy and Management. The central research theme of the department is responsible innovation.
The value dimension is important for the further development, social acceptance and moral acceptability of technological innovations. Lack of public support for an innovation often means that it is not introduced into society, even though it might make a positive contribution to society in some way. At other occasions, the innovation is pushed through despite lack of public support, which sometimes means that public concerns are ignored. The responsible innovation approach provides for an alternative paradigm: the choice should not be between foregoing a potentially helpful innovation or pushing it through despite justified concerns. Rather, the responsible innovation approach pays attention to important values, in the design as well as in the implementation of technological innovations, and in the institutions that govern them.
News & in the media
19 September 2019
Responsible innovation for a better society: a roadmap for companies
New technologies like nanotechnology, synthetic biology, internet of things, robotics, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles have an increasing impact on our everyday life, our society, and the environment. This means that companies have to innovate responsibly and include societal values – such as privacy, safety, sustainability, fair distribution of risks and benefits and inclusiveness – in the development strategy of innovative products. This is known as ‘Responsible Research and Innovation’ (RRI).
13 September 2019
Jafar Rezaei and Roland Ortt receive 2019 Emerald Award for Excellence for journal article
An article by Jafar Rezaei and Roland Ortt has been selected by the Emerald Publishing editorial board as Highly Commended in the 2019 Emerald Publishing Awards for Excellence. The awarded paper appeared in the International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management. In their article 'Supply chain drivers of high-tech SMEs: an empirical study using SEM' Rezaei and Ortt examine high-tech small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) supply chain partnerships.
02 September 2019
TPM receives H2020 funding to research productivity of innovative economies
Scott Cunningham and Cees van Beers received 154,000 euro funding for the BigProd project (total budget of 1 million euro), which was funded by H2020.