Ph.D. Defense by: Diane Alleva Caceres

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Ph.D. Thesis Defense: Diane Alleva CaceresAdvisor: Dr. Kirk Bowman Committee: Dr. Kirk S. BowmanJon R. Wilcox Term Professor inSoccer, Global Politics, and SocietySam Nunn School of International AffairsGeorgia Institute of Technology Dr. Dan BreznitzSam Nunn School of International AffairsGeorgia Institute of TechnologyMunk Chair of Innovation StudiesMunk School of Global AffairsUniversity of Toronto  Dr. Alasdair YoungAssociate Professor and Jean Monnet ChairSam Nunn School of International AffairsGeorgia Institute of Technology Dr. Steven CasperDean of the School of Applied Life SciencesHenry E. Riggs Professor of ManagementKeck Graduate Institute Dr. Elisabeth B. ReynoldsExecutive DirectorIndustrial Performance CenterMassachusetts Institute of Technology Time: 9:30AMDate: Monday, 30 March 2015Location: Ivan Allen College 136 Title: "Constructing Knowledge-based Industries in the Globalization Era: Social Learning, the Political Process and Institutional Change"    Abstract:Countries including Australia, Canada and the United States have been promoting knowledge-basedindustries, especially those requiring a significant scientific base likebioscience, as engines of economic growth. This dissertation compares changesin finance, skill development and corporate governance institutions, all ofwhich are critical to the bioscience industry, as part of countries’ strategicresponses to global technological and economic shocks. Because regions withincountries increasingly design their own economic institutions, this research alsocompares the industrialized provinces of Quebec and Ontario as well as the AtlanticCanadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and PrinceEdward Island and their aspiring bioscience industries. Two factors helpexplain institutional change and the different configurations: degree of sociallearning – disruptive or incremental, and, type of iterative bargaining –coordinative or fragmented. These variables in turn are impacted by the presenceand type of knowledge-oriented policy community. Within each case I examine themechanisms through which the social learning and iterative bargaining processoccurs in response to two global shocks: the 1980s discovery and use of rDNAtechniques as well as the 2008 global financial crisis. Research reveals adiversity of institutional configurations over time representing high, mixed orlow levels of commitment.  


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