Economic development is rooted in rupture and not in equilibrium. Innovation acts as a powerful engine of economic development. This book asks if it is always for the common good. The dark side of the extraordinary dynamism of innovation lies precisely in its destructive power. If simply left to market forces, it might cause social havoc and great human suffering.To face the challenges of our time, we must create the proper climate and culture to develop strong entrepreneurial drive. But, more than ever, we must give this entrepreneurial drive its ethical and societal dimensions. Responsible innovation means a more voluntary orientation towards the great problems of the 21st Century: depletion of the planet's resources, rising inequalities, new scientific development potentially threatening freedom, democracy and human integrity. We need to transform our increasing creativity into real progress for mankind. In this respect, the rapid development of social innovations opens new ways and practices.De Woot challenges conventional ways of thinking. The book has the power to shift accepted norms in the ways of doing business.
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About the Author
Philippe de Woot is Emeritus Professor at Louvain Catholic University in Belgium, where he taught Business Policy, Strategic Management and Business Ethics. He has led multidisciplinary research in these fields and is still actively committed to the research and promotion of Corporate Social Responsibility. He is the author of many books and articles on these subjects. He is a former Dean of Louvain School of Management and has taught at INSEAD as an invited professor in the Avira Program. He has been Consultant or Director of various European multinational corporations. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Belgium, the International Academy of Management and the European Academy for Arts and Sciences. He is Correspondent of the Institut de France.
Table of Contents
IntroductionChapter 1: Innovation at the heart of the economyThe decisive competitive weaponThe collective entrepreneur: increased innovative powerEntrepreneurial chain and corporate cultureRacing ahead and temporary monopoliesChapter 2: Innovation, fairness and the common goodWoe to the vanquished: creative destructionPrometheus or the ambiguity of economic and technical creativityPower over the future in an ethical and political vacuumChapter 3: Responsible innovationThe entrepreneurial imperativeTurning creativity into progressCreativity and progressA more societal focus of creative capacityEthics, politics and the technosciencesSocial innovations