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2019 week 26
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KIN Talk Cybersecurity Jaya Baloo - 28 June
Jaya Baloo is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of KPN Telecom in the Netherlands. She is recognized in 2017 as one of the top 100 CISO’s globally. Jaya works with an amazing information security team of highly driven specialists.  Working in the information security arena for the past 18 years, she has worked mostly for global telecommunications companies such as Verizon and France Telecom. Jaya is also a frequent speaker at security conferences on subjects around lawful interception, mass surveillance, and cryptography.

Join us for our next KINTalk where Jaya will talk about the crucial importance of cybersecurity and how it can impact our daily lives.

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PhD Defence Gerben de Jong - 1 July
Gerben de Jong will defend his thesis "National carriers, market power and consumer loyalty" on 1 July at 13:45 in the Aula. For more information please click here.
PhD Defence R.A. van Zanten - 5 July
R.A. van Zanten will defend his thesis "Topondernemers en top-CEO’s in Nederland" on 5 July at 11:45 in the Aula.
Machine learning helps to predict leadership performance

Even though many leaders are charismatic, extrovert and transformative, they struggle with their performance if they work in an environment that does not suit them. It’s one of the key findings of a research conducted by Dr. Brian Spisak, drs. Paul van der Laken and Brian Doornenbal, at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and which is published in The Leadership Quarterly.

Spisak researched how leadership performance can be predicted based on personality tests, using machine learning. With the results of this research, organizations are able to better select on suitable personality traits of leaders, but also make better use of existing data within the organization.

“One of the biggest surprises was that our models became significantly better at predicting when we gave more insight into the context of leaders, such as type of industry and size of organization. It turns out that the environment of an organization adds to being able to predict leadership performance.”

For examples you can look at just about any other leader, such as Theresa May, Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk. “They get a lot of credit and criticism for success or failure, when deeper contextual forces are likely at play.” The research however shows that there is a deeper complexity in the situation working independently from the leader. Machine learning can help to better appreciate this complexity, according to the research.

Personalized advertisements, recommendations for music or series; machine learning continues to have an increasing influence on our daily lives. The applications of machine learning, however, continue to expand. It can be used to recognize and use certain patterns, not just in selecting leaders, but also when building teams, making strategic decisions, developing marketing plans or testing the potential of investments.

Spisak sees opportunities to use machine learning to work through large amounts of data within organizations. “Machine learning is a powerful tool and can be used, for example, to analyze the sentiment of interactions of text mining or to unravel the consequences of physical distance through geo-data.” According to Spisak, machine learning has a major influence on future developments of organizations and how they can prepare themselves for those changes.

However, Spisak warns to stay cautious. “Machine learning offers the opportunity to recognize patterns, but that does not mean that we have to act on them. Machine learning is a power engine, but inadvertently using the wrong fuel in the engine has the potential to damage both the engine and the operator.

The article has been published in The Leadership Quarterly.
Entrepreneurship in space is difficult without the support of major players
Space travel is commercially popular. More and more companies are shifting their terrain and pointing their arrows upwards. Still doing business in space remains a difficult task.

VU University Amsterdam, in collaboration with (and funded by) the European Space Agency (ESA) and Netherlands Space Office (NSO), conducted five years of research into entrepreneurship in the European space sector. Last Tuesday the research results were explained in the symposium "Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Space Sector".
The main conclusion lies primarily in the help you receive as an entrepreneur. "It is essential that there is support from the major players in the sector and from major agencies such as ESA." But it is also difficult for small companies to get a foothold alongside dominant players such as Airbus and to use the technology developed. for other applications. However, this study shows that it is possible, within the right preconditions.

The extensive research report can be read here.
Daniel Sagath successfully defended his thesis

On Tuesday 26 June Daniel Sagath successfully defended his thesis "Entrepreneurship in the Dutch space sector: The role of institutional logics, legitimacy and business incubation".

Daniel Sagath (1986) obtained his BSc and MA degrees in Political Science and European Studies at the Palacky University in Olomouc, Czechia. Next, he worked for multiple governmental organisations and think-tanks, including the United Nations and the European Space Agency. In 2014, he joined the PhD programme at the Amsterdam Business Research Institute, School of Business and Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His work has been accepted for multiple professional and academic high-level conferences, and has been published in, among others, Acta Astronautica and the Journal of Business Venturing Insights, including a couple of book volumes. His primary expertise is in public governance, entrepreneurship and business development in high-tech sectors.
Ethnography course is now open for registration​
As Ethnography is KIN’s signature research methodology, KIN is happy to announce that it has just opened up registrations for the upcoming Ethnography Course. The course will be taught by Ruthanne Huising (EM Lyon), a renowned ethnography expert who will be visiting us in September/October.
The course is part of the graduate programme of ABRI and is open to Ph.D. candidates and research master students. The course will be particularly suitable for international students as well, as it will be organized in 3 blocks of two days, with plenty of time for fieldwork assignments in between – thus travel time and need for attendance in Amsterdam will be minimized.

For registration and more information about the course, please contact graduateschool.abri@vu.nl.

Please find here the ABRI Course Outline – Ethnography
Business and Society Research Seminar at the VU
From June 19th till the 21st we hosted the 9th Business and Society Research Seminar at the VU. Leading scholars in CSR, social business and sustainability came together with emerging researchers to discuss their ideas, interact with practioners on how to tackle key sustainability challenges, and enjoy plenty of networking opportunities.
KIN Summer School
The 9th edition of the KIN Summerschool has been hosted at the Vrije Unversiteit from 24 till 27 June. During 4 intensive days participants and faculty discussed research in the field of Digital Technology, Knowledge and Innovation. 
On Tuesday a boat trip and a dinner was part of the programme. The School featured the following international group of professors: Samer Faraj (McGill University, Canada), M. Lynn Markus (Bentley University USA), Youngjin Yoo (Case Western Reserve University, USA) Hans Berends (Vrije University Amsterdam), Marleen Huysman (Vrije University Amsterdam) and Ruthanne Huising (EMLYON Business School, France).
During the summer period, the ABRI WE newsletter will not be published for some weeks. This will be the last newsletter until September. ABRI wishes all colleagues a great conference- and holiday season!
August 9-13 | TBA | Boston, USA
Symposium: ‘Algorithms at Work: Tales from the Field of Artificial Intelligence’
August 9 | 18:00 - 22:00 | Boston, USA
Boston Beer Party for the Department of Management & Organisation | Register here
August 12 | 08:00 - 09:30 | Boston, USA
Open Office but Closed Mind?: The Effect of Transparency and Spatial Flexibility on Idea Sharing and Idea Implementation | Julia Schlegelmilch, Svetlana Khapova, Evgenia Lysova
August 15 | 0:00 | Vrije Universiteit
Application Deadline Winter Conference FOM | Register here
October 24/25 | TBA | Amsterdam
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