The three pointers of research and development (R&D) for growth-boosting sustainable innovation system


Research and development (R&D) is frequently touted and labelled as the fundamental engine for creating sustainable innovations and achieving climate transitions. Yet, recent R&D efforts have struggled to live up to the widespread life-altering results they delivered in the 1960s when the term R&D was coined. In our attempt to address this concern, we propose a sustainability pathway model to achieving an economically viable innovation system that is anchored in three important pointers of R&D which have long been viewed as mutually distinct components in R&D budgets—investment, talent, and learning institutions. Directing attention to the pervasive need to align R&D investments with talents and learning institutions, we delineate how these pointers of R&D coming together to constitute a trivalent force may drive a growth-boosting sustainable innovation system. While there is no simple recipe which suggests an optimal combination of new scientific understanding, technologies, and process that could help produce the much-needed innovations and technological change, we present a set of propositions that highlights opportunities for reflection on existing R&D investment strategies and serves as a bridge to connect the emergent scholarship on sustainability with the intellectual traditions of R&D in innovation management.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Marketing & Strategy
Additional Information: Copyright © 2022, The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
Uncontrolled Keywords: Innovation,Learning institutions,Research and Development (R&D),Sustainability,Talent,Engineering(all),Management of Technology and Innovation
Publication ISSN: 1879-2383
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2024 17:50
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2023 16:16
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2022-06
Published Online Date: 2022-06-13
Accepted Date: 2022-06-06
Authors: Sarpong, David (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-1533-4332)
Boakye, Derrick (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-2575-6723)
Ofosu, George
Botchie, David



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License: Creative Commons Attribution

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