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Responsible innovation assessment tools: a systematic review and research agenda

Cristina Guimarães (INESC TEC, Porto, Portugal)
Vasco Amorim (UTAD, Vila Real, Portugal)
Fernando Almeida (Gaya Higher Polytechnic Institute, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal)

Technological Sustainability

ISSN: 2754-1312

Article publication date: 14 December 2022

Issue publication date: 28 March 2023




Responsible innovation assessment tools (RIATs) are key instruments that can help organizations, associations and individuals measure responsible innovation. Accordingly, this study aims to review the current status of research on responsible innovation and, in particular, of studies that either present the relevance of RIATs or provide empirical evidence of their adoption.


A systematic literature review is conducted to identify and review how RIATs are being addressed in academic research and the applications that are proposed. A systematic process is implemented using the Web of Science and Scopus bibliographic databases, aiming not only to summarize existing studies, but also to include a perspective on gaps and future research.


A total of 119 publications were identified and included in the review process. The study identifies that RIATs have attracted growing interest from the scientific community, with a greater predominance of studies involving qualitative and mixed methods. A well-balanced mix of conceptual and exploratory studies is also registered, with a greater predominance of analysis of RIATs application domains in the past years, with greater incidence in the finance, water, energy, construction, manufacturing and health sectors.


This study is pioneering in identifying 16 dimensions and 60 sub-dimensions for measuring responsible innovation. It also suggests the need to include multidimensional perspectives and individuals with interdisciplinary competencies in this process.



Funding: This study was supported by the EU-funded FIRE-RES project (grant agreement ID: 101037419).


Guimarães, C., Amorim, V. and Almeida, F. (2023), "Responsible innovation assessment tools: a systematic review and research agenda", Technological Sustainability, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 206-223.



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