About this online course

Overview

The responsible development of new products and services is increasingly relevant for companies today. Following a Responsible Innovation (RI) approach can add considerable value to your company. In particular, it will guarantee the societal and ethical acceptance of new products and services, and will reduce the risks associated with launching new technologies. This has a demonstrable beneficial impact on the competitiveness of companies: more successful innovations with fewer risks.

The concept of RI introduces a new and important dimension to the innovation process: it 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, and not just to meet safety requirements. Products should be designed to be sustainable and not just to comply with emission norms under test conditions. Telecom systems should meet the values of national security and user privacy. Artificial intelligence, robotics, big data and smart systems should be developed to serve our moral, social and legal value commitments to sustainability, circular economy, bottom of the pyramid and well-being.

This course will first give you a thorough understanding of the concept of RI and the underlying instruments, like stakeholder engagement and transparency. We will then show you how to successfully integrate RI in your innovation strategy and CSR polices and convince your shareholders and CEOs of the benefits of RI. Last but not least, you will learn how to lead an innovation process based on the principles of RI.

Learn from world-class experts:
  • Interaction via group case studies.
  • Feedback on final assignment/paper.
  • 'face-to-face' meetings on campus or via skype.
  • Personalized feedback throughout the course.

This is the right course for:

  • Entrepreneurs, business executives, developers and managers who are eager to think 'out-of-the-box' about social responsibility and technological innovation within their organization.

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Have a working knowledge of the concept of Responsible Innovation (RI) including all its practicalities.
  • Be able to consider how to increase your competitive advantage through responsible innovation.
  • Evaluate approaches to drive RI in new and successful business models.
  • Be aware of the pitfalls of over-engineering.
  • Assess the implications of RI for your innovation strategy.
  • Be able to lead the process of RI within your organization.

Details

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: Critical role of leadership and the organization in the implementation of responsible innovation strategies.
  • Week 3: Responsible innovation and the risks of over-engineering.
  • Week 4: How to formulate and implement a responsible technological innovation strategy for entrepreneurial enterprises (large and small), including best practices.
  • Final assignment (strategies and leadership for RI).
    Final presentations, in which participants will present their findings, can take place during a face-to-face session at Delft University of Technology. If you cannot attend this session we will offer a local or online alternative.

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.You will be able to access the course materials and discussion forums at any time. After finishing the course you will still have access to course materials and discussion forums. Final presentations, in which participants will present their findings, can take place during a face-to-face session at Delft University of Technology. If you cannot attend this session we will offer a local or online alternative.

Assignments & Assessment

At the end of the course students will be invited to submit a presentation which will be discussed during a face to face a meeting in Delft (or an alternative option/location if you cannot attend).

Literature and Study Material

Literature for this course will be provided on the course online platform.

Benefits

By innovating responsibly, your organization will both contribute to a better world and also benefit commercially. After, this course you will be able to include RI in your business models and polices. This will have a clear spin-off value for your reputation, competitive advantage and long term value.

The course is – among other things – based on the latest research findings and international projects of the faculty in the field of RI and organizations.

Certification
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. See all our online courses for engineers that correspond to the required competencies determined by KIVI.
This course corresponds to competency B3 (Implement design solutions taking into account critical constraints) determined by KIVI.

Admission

This course is primarily geared towards working professionals.

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

Admission process
After enrolling you will receive a confirmation email. In order to complete your admission process you will be asked to email the following document:

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

Contact

If you have any questions about this course or the TU Delft online learning environment, please do not hesitate to contact us by sending an email.

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