Institut for Planlægning

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PHD Defence by Charles Anthony Bates

Staging with objects: Managing technology development in the off-highway mobile hydraulic industry


11.11.2020 kl. 09.00 - 12.00


This industrial PhD leverages the candidate’s extensive experience with the development of new component, material, product and process technologies associated with the design, verification and production of hydraulic motors and steering units at Danfoss Power Solutions, an established leader in the off-highway mobile hydraulic industry. 

Addressing the research question, how staging with objects can contribute to managing technological innovation across specialized knowledge networks, the dissertation considers technology development as a process of network formation, including actors, and objects that are shaped by, and in turn shape, how other networks are constituted, configured and transformed (i.e. 'staged'). 

The dissertation proposes a methodological framework addressing how ‘staging with objects’ can: 1) facilitate engagement across specialized networks; 2) foster common points of reference and alignment of interests across diverse stakeholders; and 3) help actors to articulate and mobilize resources within their organizations. Drawing on conceptualizations of objects from Science and Technology Studies, the dissertation demonstrates how such concepts can be utilized by skilled practitioners to analyze and ultimately shape processes of technology development in real-time – from centers of action in dynamic industrial contexts.


Professor Robin Williams | University of Edinburgh, UK 
Professor Jérémy Legardeur| Institute of Advanced Industrial Technologies, France 
Professor Peter Karnøe (Chairman) | Department of Planning, Aalborg University, Denmark



Professor Susse Georg | Department of Planning, Aalborg University, DK (main supervisor) 
Professor emeritus Christian Clausen | Department of Planning, AAU (co-supervisor) 
Director BU Steering Engineering Erik Blem Nielsen | Danfoss A/S, DK (co-supervisor) 
eSteering Leader Poul Ennemark | Danfoss A/S, DK (co-supervisor)



Associate Professor Jens Iuel-Stissing , Department of Planning, AAU


Department of Planning


Physical location in China: Danfoss Power Solutions, Ningzhen Road 1-8, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu (online via Microsoft Teams (Online link will be sent to registered participants prior to the defence via an Outlook invitation)

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