Responsible innovation for information systems : understanding the facilitators of responsible innovation and encouraging its application among future IS practitioners

Authors: El Idrissi, Sarah Cherki
Advisor: Corbett, Jacqueline; Mellouli, Sehl
Abstract: Located at the intersection of technology, organizations, society and policy, information systems (IS) play an important role in addressing major societal dilemmas, such as sustainable development. In recent years, environmental sustainability, more particularly, Green IS, has received considerable attention by IS scholars. This thesis contributes to this literature by providing a comprehensive understanding of the emergent concept of Responsible Innovation (RI), and how to apply RI in IS innovations. The contention is that by adopting RI principles, IS organizations and practitioners can become change agents of innovation for sustainability. This thesis presents three interrelated studies which demonstrate how this change can be enabled. The first study develops a taxonomy of RI facilitators as a starting point to applying this framework in IS research and practice. The taxonomy led to the identification of six dimensions that facilitate RI projects. The second study involves a qualitative field study of organizations, investigating the application of RI in their innovation processes. This study led to the creation of theoretical propositions on the application of the RI framework for IS innovations. The third study, using an action design research methodology, develops a training workshop aimed at teaching RI to IS practitioners. The results of this study suggest the workshop is effective in engaging people in reflexivity about IS innovations projects and encouraging them to apply RI principles in their future careers. Bridging the gap between practice and theory, this thesis is a valuable source of knowledge for IS researchers and practitioners to integrate RI in IS innovations, leading us closer to the prerequisites needed for sustainability in organisations.
Document Type: Thèse de doctorat
Issue Date: 2021
Open Access Date: 14 June 2021
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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