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Marija Rakas defended her PhD

Marija Rakas defended her PhD

Marija Rakas from the Innovation, Knowledge and Economic Dynamics research group (IKE) at the Department of Business and Management defended her thesis “Modes of Innovation in Firms and National Systems of Innovation”. Congratulations to Marija.

The title of Marija’s lecture, which took place online via Zoom June 12 due to the Covid-19 situation, was: “How to Study National Innovation Systems - Methods and Methodologies”.

Members of the assessment committee were:

  • Associate Professor Jesper Lindgaard Christensen (chair.), Aalborg University
  • Professor Stephen Roper, The University of Warwick
  • Professor Helena Lenihan, University of Limerick

Summary of the thesis

In three papers, Marija’s thesis examines innovative firms’ behaviour – including their modes of innovation, the broader environment in which firms are embedded in the context of national economies and the national or temporal differences therein – from an innovation systems perspective. The main argument from systems perspective to innovation that innovative firms’ behaviour and performance can be understood only in relation to the environment in which innovation processes take place are the common point of departure of the three papers contained in the thesis.

These papers set out to explore the following broad questions: 1) How innovation takes place inside firms and between firms and organisations, across countries or over time; 2) how different elements or features of the wider setting (nation specific institutions and/or government policies and generic processes), in which firms’ innovation activities take place, are related to each other in a systemic way; and 3) how alternative (nation-specific institutional and policy-related) set-ups support (or hinder) and are related to innovation and competence building in firms and a nation’s technological performances. In addition, the thesis also includes a paper that explores the boundaries, current state and the direction taken over time within the innovation system (IS) field of research in terms of distinct research areas, knowledge bases and the underlying processes of knowledge integration.

Ina Drejer, Marija Rakas and Roman Jurowetzki during the defence

Ina Drejer, Jesper Lindgaard Christensen and Marija Rakas

Further information

Marija Rakas
Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University
Email: rakas@business.aau.dk

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