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Prof. Kulwant S Pawar
Nottingham University Business School, UK
How does Responsible innovation impact logistics and supply chain configuration models?

It is widely acknowledged that society faces some grand challenges ahead that have led to a call for more focus on sustainability and socially responsible innovative products and business practices. Increasingly, industry is encouraged to consider the entireproduct life cycle, starting from research and development (R&D) through to manufacturing, supply chain as well as to end of life. This is particularly important during product development, to better align the outcomes of R&D with the values, needs, and expectations of society as well as those of customers. The integration of societal supply chain values and needs into product development process is becoming more and more desirable. In this regard, the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), a phrase and concept coined by European Union as an inclusive approach, highlights the role of societal actors beyond the present notions of strategic corporate social responsibility and social innovation. Often, product development is seen as a corebusiness activity that drives long-term business success. Recently, the product development process has evolved to encompass a more diverse group of stakeholders’ needs and inputs, culminating in a call for more Responsible Innovation. This paper extends the RI debate, from product development point of view and its engagement with downstream activities appertaining to logistics and supply chains.


Professor Pawar holds a chair in Operations Management and is the Director of the Centre for Concurrent Enterprise. He has extensive industrial and consultancy experience in a variety of multi-national enterprises around the globe in the area of new product design & development (NPD), logistics and supply chain management, manufacturing and operations management. His research interests include management of New Product Design and Development (NPD), analysis and configurations of logistics and supply chain networks and operations in different contexts, sectors in Europe, China and India. He has published over 300 papers, including articles in leading international journals such as the International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Production Economics, R&D Management, Technovation, Concurrent Engineering and Manufacturing Technology Management. He is the founder and Chairman of the International Symposium on Logistics (, which has been held annually over the last two decades in Europe and other parts of the world. He has also been co-organising the International Conference on Concurrent Enterprising (ICE) since 1994. He was Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Logistics: Research & Application (2002-2007) and is a member of editorial boards of several journals. Professor Pawar has been involved in more than thirty funded research projects and has coordinated and managed a number of national, European and international projects and networks. Professor Pawar sits on several international professional committees, boards and expert panels.

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