About this online course


Learn how our Responsible Innovation (RI) approach can add considerable value to your company or organization.

How do you ensure that your innovations are safe and secure, respect stakeholder privacy and autonomy, and at the same time make a viable and strong business case? This course will add a new dimension to your innovation process and allow you to discover the new business opportunities that arise from innovating responsibly.

RI can guarantee the societal and ethical acceptance of new products and services as well as having a demonstrably beneficial impact on competitiveness. The result is more successful innovations with fewer risks! What's not to like?

Depending on your professional background and your role within your organization, in this course you will learn how you can either lead the process of embedding RI or become an RI pioneer by identifying potential challenges to and opportunities for responsible innovation within your organization.

The advantages of the RI approach

Adopting an RI approach can help your organization to build and sustain competitive advantage, positively impact your reputation and add long-term value. RI policies have the following advantages:

  • Driving successful business cases
  • Promoting frugal innovations, avoiding the costs of over-engineering
  • Supporting out-of-the-box thinking to deal with current and future challenges
How do you make an RI strategy a reality in your organization?
Having good ideas is not enough. This course will help you present your ideas to the organization and build a core of followers who buy in and contribute to your innovative solutions. This course will first give you a thorough understanding of the concept of RI, its underlying instruments and potential RI strategies such as frugal Innovation.

Frugal innovation works by using the model of the severe resource constraints that exists in developing and emerging countries. This strategy can help you deal with the phenomenon of over-engineering which increases costs and reduces efficiency. This is often the result of standard top-down strategies for innovation management.

Since the beginning of the 21st century we have seen two major disruptive changes: the ICT revolution and the shift in economic dominance from Western markets to those in emerging economies in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Studying these can provide great opportunities to innovate under resource-constrained conditions. Such strategies make innovation simpler and less costly and hence contribute to achieving sustained competitive advantage for the innovators while at the same time contributing to economic development in emerging economies.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify challenges and opportunities in responsible innovation and think outside the box to develop solutions.
  • Apply the concept of Responsible Innovation (RI) in order to increase the competitive advantage of your organization.
  • Evaluate approaches to drive RI in new and successful business cases.
  • Use frugal innovation to avoid the pitfalls of over-engineering.
  • Lead the process of RI within your organization.

Learn from world-class experts and receive personalized feedback throughout the course
In this course you will receive personal advice from TU Delft experts. The final assignment, for which we will give individual feedback, will allow you to tailor your own RI approach to the needs of your own organization.


The responsible development of new products and services is increasingly relevant for organizations today. Responsible innovation contributes to a better world and confers economic benefits.

In this course we will show you how to successfully integrate RI in your innovation strategy and convince your shareholders and CEOs of the benefits of RI. You will also learn how to develop and lead an innovation process based on the principles of RI.

New and important dimension: innovate responsibly to ensure the viability of your enterprise
State-of-the-art research in this field has looked at the intersection of business, development, and innovation management to find a new dimension to the innovation process: responsible innovation. This requires not only that the new product or service is market ready and economically viable but that it is ethically acceptable, environmentally sustainable and socially desirable.

For example, new physical and digital infrastructures should be proven safe for their users and stakeholders – not just meet safety requirements. Products should be designed to be sustainable – not just comply with emission norms under test conditions. Telecom systems should meet the criteria of national security and user privacy. Artificial intelligence, robotics, big data and smart systems should be developed to serve our moral, social and legal commitments to sustainability, the circular economy, bottom of the pyramid and wellbeing.

This is the right course for:
Business executives, developers, R&D professionals, managers, project engineers and entrepreneurs who are eager to think 'out-of-the-box' about social responsibility and technological innovation within their organization.

Course Syllabus
This course consists of 4 weeks of lectures followed by a final assignment:

  • Week 1: General dynamics of technological innovation and responsible innovation strategies.
  • Week 2: Responsible innovation and the risks of over-engineering.
  • Week 3: Critical role of leadership and involving the organization in the implementation of responsible innovation strategies.
  • Week 4: How to formulate and implement a responsible technological innovation strategy for entrepreneurial enterprises (large and small), including best practices.
  • Final presentation of findings (strategies and leadership for RI).

Comprehensive Engineering
This course is part of TU Delft's comprehensive engineering approach, which combines insights from both the engineering sciences and the humanities and social sciences in order to solve the grand challenges of today's complex and rapidly changing world. Watch these videos to learn more about TU Delft's responsible innovation and comprehensive engineering approaches..


We will offer Continuing Education Units (CEU) for this course. Participants who successfully complete the course requirements will earn a Certificate of Completion and will be eligible to receive 3.0 CEUs.

Chartered Engineer qualification

This course can be part of your portfolio to meet the formal education requirements required to both obtain and maintain the Chartered Engineer qualification licensed by KIVI. This course can be taken either as part of Initial Professional Development (IPD) or of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) stages. Please contact chartered@kivi.nl for more details and procedures.


This course is primarily geared towards working professionals.

This course is aimed at business executives, developers, R&D professionals, managers, project engineers and entrepreneurs who are eager to think 'out-of-the-box' about social responsibility and technological innovation within their organization.

In order to complete your enrollment you will be asked to upload the following document:

  • a copy of your passport or ID card (no driver's license)


If you have any questions about this course or the TU Delft online learning environment, please visit our Help & Support page.

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  • Starts: May 07, 2019
  • Fee: € 495
  • Enrollment open until: Apr 30, 2019
  • Length: 4 weeks
  • Effort: 4 - 5 hours per week

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