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Mila Davids is an Assistant Professor in the History of Technology research group that is part of the section Technology Innovation and Society in the TU/e School of Innovation Sciences. Her areas of expertise include modern and contemporary history, history of technology and business history, social history and transitions, knowledge infrastructure and circulation and innovation.   

The central focus of her research is the development and spread of knowledge, which explains the rise of our global knowledge society. Knowledge is crucial for companies to innovate. A large number of her research projects focus on knowledge acquisition strategies in various companies. Her current research investigates two important features of technological change; innovative companies and the development and circulation of knowledge. She focuses on international knowledge transfer and the interplay between global knowledge circulation and societal and technological transitions. Further topics include the role of Research R&D within multinational companies, the role of knowledge transfer and circulation in economic, technical and social transformation in less developed countries and how within Dutch small and medium sized enterprises (SME’s) innovations come into being.  

Academic background

Mila Davids wrote her PhD on the Denationalization of the Dutch Post and Telecom Office. She has written a number of articles and books on the development and dissemination of knowledge in a range of journals, including Technology Analysis and Strategic Management (TASM), Regional Studies, Journal of Modern European History, History of Technology and Business History Review. She has been an editor of a volume in the series ‘History of Technology in the 20thcentury (TiN20)’ on Industrial Production and a volume on Innovation in the series ‘Dutch Business in The Netherlands’.  

Davids has initiated and managed various research projects, funded by the Dutch research foundation (NWO) as well as research funded by amongst others the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Unilever, and Philips. She participates in the research program Globalization, technological change and economic development of the Dutch-Flemish N.W. Posthumus Institute for economic and social history and is also board member of the N.W. Posthumus Institute. She also participates in The Cultural Politics of Sustainable Urban Mobility program, where she is responsible for the International Circulation of Knowledge project. 

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Proximity, knowledge base and the innovation process: towards an integrated framework

Davids, M. & Frenken, K., 2 Jan 2018, In : Regional Studies. 52, 1, p. 23-34 12 p.

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    Biotechnologie: van wetenschap naar winkelschap revisited: een historische analyse van de Biotech bij multinational Unilever

    Translated title of the contribution: Biotechnology. From Science to market Revisited: A historical analysis of Biotechnology at the Multinational Unilevervan Helvoort, T., Berkers, E. A. M. & Davids, M., 2017, Eindhoven: Foundation for the History of Technology. 89 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademic

  • Gesmeerde Kennis: een halve eeuw geschiedenis van Unilevers Becel

    van Helvoort, T., Berkers, E. A. M. & Davids, M., 2017, Eindhoven: Foundation for the History of Technology.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademic

    Vernieuwend wassen: R&D in Vlaardingen en de detergents-business van Unilever

    van Helvoort, T., Davids, M. & Lintsen, H., 2017, Eindhoven: Foundation for the History of Technology. 147 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademic


    • 2 Contributed talk
    • 1 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition

    Evolution of Green Business in Historical Perspective

    Frank C.A. Veraart (Organiser), Mila Davids (Organiser)
    21 Jun 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

    Presentation CONTEC Seminar, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

    Mila Davids (Speaker)
    15 Nov 2007

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Workshop "Comparing Dutch and German business systems in the 20th century", May 10-12, 2007, Utrecht

    Mila Davids (Speaker)
    10 May 2007

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific


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    Student theses

    Energieopslag in de bodem: optimalisatie van het bronnensysteem

    Author: van de Loo, J., 31 Aug 2004

    Supervisor: Davids, M. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Master


    Improving knowledge management at a CRO: a case study at NIZO food research

    Author: Geleyns, A., 31 Oct 2014

    Supervisor: Davids, M. (Supervisor 1) & Peeters, T. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Location, location, location: on the role of geographical proximity in a startup's access to local knowledge

    Author: Kengen, L., 30 Nov 2015

    Supervisor: Davids, M. (Supervisor 1) & Peeters, T. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master