Type

Conference Proceedings

Authors

Bert Gordijn
Kevin Koidl
Wessel Reijers
Harshvardhan Jitendra Pandit
David Lewis

Subjects

Business

Topics
practising ethics business model applied ethics impacts responsible research and innovation technology innovation processes ethics canvas

Discussing ethical impacts in research and innovation: The ethics canvas (2018)

Abstract Technologies are increasingly intertwined with people’s daily lives. Consequently, there is an increasing need to consider the ethical impacts that research and innovation (R&I) processes, both in commercial and non-commercial contexts, bring about. However, current methods that offer tools for practicing ethics in R&I inadequately allow for non-ethicists such as engineers and computer scientists to practise ethics in a way that fits the character of their work. As a response, we propose a tool for identifying ethical impacts of R&I that is inspired by a method for the generation of business models, the Business Model Canvas. This tool, the Ethics Canvas, enables researchers to engage with the ethical impacts of their R&I activities in a collaborative manner by discussing different building blocks that together constitute a comprehensive ethical interpretation of a technology. To assess the perceived usefulness of the Ethics Canvas, a classroom experiment was conducted, followed-up by a questionnaire. The results suggest that the Ethics Canvas (1) is perceived as useful for identifying relevant stakeholders and potential ethical impacts and (2) potentially triggers reconsiderations of technology designs or business models.
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Bert Gordijn, Kevin Koidl, Wessel Reijers, Harshvardhan Jitendra Pandit, David Lewis

Experts in our system

1
Bert Gordijn
Dublin City University
Total Publications: 20
 
2
Kevin Koidl
Trinity College Dublin
Total Publications: 9
 
3
Wessel Reijers
Dublin City University
Total Publications: 6
 
4
Harshvardhan Jitendra Pandit
Trinity College Dublin
Total Publications: 29
 
5
David Lewis
Trinity College Dublin
Total Publications: 86