PhD Defence: Aixa Y. Alemán Díaz

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 - 14:00 to 16:00

Aixa Y. Alemán Díaz

In order to obtain the PhD degree, Aixa Y. Alemán Díaz has submitted her thesis entitled:

Exploring Global Ideas in National Policy for Science, Technology and Innovation:

an Isomorphic Difference Approach

New concepts are continuously introduced in policies for science, technology and innovation (STI). Yet research has shown that ideas, even those that seem omnipresent in global policy for STI like ‘innovation,’ come to be understood and are appropriated for distinct reasons in particular contexts. This paradox calls for research on how global ideas come to be localized and the varied ways in which the local context informs global understandings in policy for STI. Combining insights from Science & Technology Studies (STS) and institutional theory, this research advances the conceptual lens of isomorphic difference and applies it to four global ideas - ‘diversity,’ the ‘valley of death,’ ‘innovation-based futures,’ and the classic rationales of ‘mission,’ ‘curiosity’ and ‘market’- within a national context (United States) and through cross-country comparisons (with China and Denmark). The dissertation raises new questions about the relationship between STI and public policymaking— especially with regard to local strategies in the face of globalizing pressures and the entangled ways in which global ideas are co-constructed locally.

The thesis will be available from

Primary Supervisor:

Professor Alan Irwin

Department of Organization

Copenhagen Business School

Secondary Supervisor:

Professor Signe Vikkelsø

Department of Organization

Copenhagen Business School

Assessment Committee:

Associate Professor Jacob Hasselbalch (Chair)

Department of Organization

Copenhagen Business School

Associate Professor Maximilian Fochler

Department of Science and Technology Studies

University of Vienna

Professor Linda Soneryd

School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

Örebro University

Date: 15 November 2023

Time: 14:00-16:00

Watch online here

Meeting ID: 683 6295 3038

*Please note that the microphone and camera of all spectators must be turned off.

Location: Kilen

Room: Ks48

Reception: Kitchen area of IOA (4th floor) Kilen

*The CBS PhD School will host a reception, which will take place immediately after the defence.

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