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'



DASTS Annual Meeting postponed  
Due to the Corona virus, the organizing team for the 2020 meeting has decided to cancel the DASTS conference originally scheduled to be held at CBS, May 14-15, 2020. Please note that the DASTS are currently exploring opportunities for postponing the conference one year until 2021, if possible, in coordination with the Nordic STS conference. We will post information as soon as further details are available.

SAVE-THE-DATE: Annual meeting of the Danish Association for Science and Technology Studies (DASTS) at CBS on May 14-15, 2020 
This year CBS’s Department of Organization will be hosting the annual meeting of the Danish Association for Science and Technology Studies (DASTS). The conference theme is STS and the Future as a Matter of Collective Concern. The event will take place May 14-15 2020 at Copenhagen Business School. RIO Member Jane Bjørn Vedel is part of the organizing committee for this meeting. Further details can be found here 


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Science Democracy Network Annual Meeting postponed
In response to the corona virus pandemic, the Science Democracy Network annual meeting originally scheduled from 24-27 June 2020 at the Copenhagen Business School has been be postponed until further noticeThe situation remains very fluid and organizers have decided to wait for the dust to settle before deciding how to go forward. A new date and venue, as well as a new deadline for abstract submissions, will be announced as soon as they are known. 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTSScience and Democracy Network 19th Annual Meeting at CBS on 24-27 June 2020

RIO members Alan Irwin, Aixa Y. Alemán-Díaz and Jane Bjørn Vedel are working with colleagues at Harvard University to organize the upcoming Science and Democracy Network annual meeting from 24-27 June 2020. The meeting will take place at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS). 

The event draws international scholars in the field of science and technology studies (STS) and seeks to develop strong connections with an emerging international network of scholars working on issues of science, technology and democratic governance around the world. Please note:

  • Call for Abstracts has been issued (see specifics here). Deadline is 27 March 2020.

  • There will be a graduate student session on Wednesday, 24 June 2020.  

  • General meeting begins Thursday, 25 June 2020.

  • Rooms for participants are available at the Scandic Hotel in Frederiksberg. Guests can reserve their own room(s) at, using the code BCBS240620. 

For information, please email Aixa Y. Alemán-Díaz (

Facts about SDN:

SDN was founded at The Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin in 2002 to enhance the theoretical quality and practical significance of scholarship in STS with emphasis on the vast empirical territory between science and technology, and politicslaw, and society. For more information about SDN please visit Science and Democracy Network  


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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