International Handbook on Responsible Innovation
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International Handbook on Responsible Innovation

A Global Resource

Edited by René von Schomberg and Jonathan Hankins

The Handbook constitutes a global resource for the fast growing interdisciplinary research and policy communities addressing the challenge of driving innovation towards socially desirable outcomes. This book brings together well-known authors from the US, Europe and Asia who develop conceptual and regional perspectives on responsible innovation as well as exploring the prospects for further implementation of responsible innovation in emerging technological practices ranging from agriculture and medicine, to nanotechnology and robotics. The emphasis is on the socio-economic and normative dimensions of innovation including issues of social risk and sustainability.
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Chapter 29: Responsible innovation: constructing a seaport in China

Qian Wang and Ping Yan


The concept of responsible innovation (RI) has been of growing interest to international academia in recent years. The use of the theory and approach of RI to conduct research into the construction of ports has both theoretical importance and practical significance in China. This chapter analyses the activities of the port of Dalian in terms of RI, and argues that the focus on environmental protection and corporate social responsibility of the port are consistent with the underlying ideas of RI. Through case study methodology, two typical cases of RI of the port of Dalian are described and analysed. The authors conclude that the implication of RI in the port of Dalian begins by verifying whether the construction of the port corresponds to the idea of RI within a government-orientated mode of RI on the basis of the autonomy of the port and the negotiation of multiple stakeholders. Finally, the chapter discusses the general significance of this mode of RI to the construction of ports in China.

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