Editorial: the dark side of innovation

Alex Coad*, Paul Nightingale, Jack Stilgoe, Antonio Vezzani

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We provide a broad discussion of the dark side of innovation, before introducing the papers of the special issue. We start with a critical reply to optimists, complementing the list of indicators showing steady human progress with a list of indicators that show sustained deterioration (largely due to innovation). We then outline some relevant dimensions of harmful innovation, before distinguishing between the types of harm brought on by innovation. We conclude with an overview of the SI papers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-112
Number of pages11
JournalIndustry and Innovation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Innovation
  • O30
  • O33
  • employment
  • environment
  • regulation
  • technology
  • well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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