Department of Organization

Research, Innovation and Organization (RIO) Group



Professor Susana Borras' book: Holistic Innovation Policy

Professor Alan Irwin's research grant: 'Isomorphic Differences: Familiarity and Distinctiveness in National Science and Innovation Policies'


phd course december 2019

RIO group organizes a PhD course on problem-oriented innovation policy 
This course focuses on some of the key organizational dynamics of problem-oriented innovation policy. Societies and economies are today confronted to a series of economic challenges like sustainable economic growth, job-creation, and competitiveness, as well as challenges that have to do with broad social issues like poverty, ageing societies, deforestation, neglected diseases, or climate change. Several countries have started to introduce elements of problem-oriented approach into the formulation and implementation of their research and innovation policies. However, we still lack a proper framework to analyze such trends and dynamics, as well as to understand the transformative capacity and organizational dilemmas associated to such policy initiatives. This course aims at presenting and discussing the newest and most relevant theoretical, conceptual and analytical frameworks to study such fundamental policy approach and the organizational dynamics associated to it. 

Teachers of the course: Charles Edquist, Alan Irwin, Susana Borras, Signe Vikkelsø and Christoph Grimpe. 

Dates: 9th-13th December 2019. 

Location: Copenhagen Business School

The course is offered in collaboration with EU-SPRI FORUM

For more information, read here


rio delegation china

RIO field trip to Beijing, China, September 2019 

In September 2019, a small delegation of RIO group members including Susana Borrás, Mikkel Dehlholm, Stine Haakonsson, Jane Bjørn Vedel and Signe Vikkelsøe went on a one-week field trip to Beijing, China. The purpose of the trip was to develop research relationships with Chinese researchers and to collect data for the “Isomorphic Difference” project. The trip included a visit to Huairou Science City which is currently under development and aims to combine large science facilities with unicorn and film industry; a research workshop with researchers and students enrolled in the master degree programs “Innovation Management” and “Public Management and Social Development” at the Sino-Danish Center for education and research; a visit at the Institute of Green Finance which is an independent think tank engaged in increasing profitability of green projects; a visit at the Danish Cultural Center in Beijing that serves as the official platform for the exchange of culture and art; a meeting with key members of CASTED, the Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development that provides consultations on national science and technology development strategies; a scientific workshop with leading researchers at the School of Public Policy and Management at the Tsinghua University, and a meeting with Professor Mu Rongping and his research group at the Chinese Academy of Science, Institute of Policy & Management. 

Participating membersSusana Borrás, Mikkel Dehlholm, Stine Haakonsson, Jane Bjørn Vedel and Signe Vikkelsø


mart laatsit

Mart Laatsit's PhD Defence  

Mart Laatsit successfully defended his PhD thesis on the 2nd of February 2019. Building on his background as a policy maker, he studied how different sources of information are being used for policy learning. In the context of innovation policy, he looked at both formal and informal sources of learning - such as evaluations vs networks. You can find out more about his work in OpenArchive and in Elsevier JournalMart's main supervisor was Susana Borras and the defense committee included Stine Haakonsson (chair), Rainer Kattel and Matthias Weber. Mart remains an active member of the RIO group, while continuing his work on innovation policy at CIRCLE, Lund University.

Contact: Mart Laatsit (email:



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