Department of Organization

Research, Innovation and Organization (RIO) Group


Alan Irwin and Jane Bjørn Vedel will be hosting two panels at the upcoming EASST + 4S joint conference in Prague, August 18-21, 2020The conference is entitled: Locating and Timing Matters: Significance and agency of STS in emerging worldsInformation on the panels, including organizing members, can be found below:

STS Perspectives on Innovation: Significance and Agency in Emerging Worlds
Alan Irwin, Copenhagen Business School & Jane Bjørn Vedel, Copenhagen Business School

There is now a well-established story of STS and innovation studies working at some distance from one another, with innovation scholars sometimes calling for a closer relationship with STS in order to repair this division. However, there have always been good examples of STS scholars working across both fields – and contributing to each. At the same time, there is a growing strand of STS research which addresses innovation in terms (for example) of imaginaries, co-production, responsibilities, transformations and incumbencies. Very often, such research challenges the universalistic claims made for innovation and instead stresses the contingencies, multiple possibilities, interruptions, emergences and contexts within which specific innovations are enacted. Themes of innovation cultures, futures, regenerations and democratic engagement are also important here. This open panel invites contributions from STS scholars whose work addresses the broad topic of ‘innovation in emerging worlds’. We welcome empirical studies exploring innovation in specific contexts but also those which seek new conceptual possibilities regarding the relationship between STS and innovation. What place can – and should – the study of innovation play within STS? For further information, please contact:

Organizing Technoscientific Capitalism: Assets, Rents, and Values
Jane Bjørn Vedel, Copenhagen Business School; John Grant Gardner, Monash University, Australia; Kean Birch, York University

Technoscientific capitalism is organized through the configuration of technological products, platforms, and data, as well as the configuration of capitalist practices like accounting, corporate governance, and valuation logics. As a result, technoscientific capitalism entails organizational dynamics and inter-organizational relationships that often get obscured within STS debates about the supposed ‘neoliberalization’ of society and science. In this panel, we want to explore how assets, rents, and values are made through this configuration of technoscience and capitalism. There are many possible analytical and empirical avenues and questions to explore here: How do managerial practices and collaborations underpin the transformation of things into assets? How do organizational epistemologies and resources manifest as different forms of rentiership? And how do public-private logics and frameworks produce specific forms of socio-economic values? Overall, we are concerned with examining how diverse processes of assetization, rentiership, and valuation open up and/or close down alternative futures and political possibilities. 

For further information, please contact Jane Bjørn Vedel (email: )

For more information about the meeting: EASST4S Conference 2020


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Susana Borras at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spring 2020 
During the month of March Susana Borrás was the annual “visiting fellow” at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, invited by the Chair UAM‐Accenture in innovation economy and management. Unfortunately, her visit was shortened by the Covid-19 crisis. Her visit entailed an intense program of talks, lectures and working meetings with national policy makers, CEOs of the largest Spanish firms, as well as university students and faculty affiliated to the Chair. She could do some of these planned events, but not all of them. Therefore she will come back in 2021 to finalize the program. During the almost two weeks, she stayed at the emblematic “Residencia de Estudiantes”, an institution established in early 1900 century that was and continues to be a vibrant center in the intellectual and scientific environment in Madrid. 

Photo by Florian Wehde on Unsplash


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Sylvia Schwaag Serger met with the RIO group 
On November 15th 2019, Sylvia Schwaag Serger Deputy Vice Chancellor of Lund University, and Tommy Shih Associate Profesor (Docent) at Lund University met with the RIO group at CBS. They give two very exciting talks about the latest developments of China’s innovation policy, and China’s innovation system. Sylvia received her PhD from London School of EconomicsShe was previously the director of Vinnova with a responsibility for international strategiesShe has extensive experience in innovation politics and has been an expert consultant for OECD, the EU-Commission and the World Bank. Tommy is member of the department of Business administration, where he conducts research about innovation processes, innovation policy, and green transformation – particularly in China.


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David Howoldt at the OECD for a Research Visit
In the Fall of 2019, RIO PhD Fellow David Howoldt spent four months as a guest researcher at the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Division at the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Paris. During his stay, David joined the OECD team working on the STIP Compass, an initiative by the European Commission and the OECD to collect quantitative and qualitative data on national trends in STI policy. He primarily worked on the data analysis for this current flagship project in the influential OECD STI Directorate.

For more information on STIP Compass






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