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2018 week 27
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KIN Summer School - 9 - 12 July
Innovation has become a major topic of study in the field of information systems. These innovations are mainly due to increased knowledge-intensity of organizational performance, the growing distributed and mobile forms of working and organizing, and the emergence of digitalization in processes and products. As a result, there is a need among scholars to understand in more detail how to study knowledge intensive practices that emerges from the interplay between (new) technologies and new ways of working as well as the management thereof. A significant group of scholars, spread over Europe and US/Canada, are using various practice and process approaches to study such new ways of working, innovating and organizing and publishes in a growing number of related international journals. Each year, a different selection of this group of scholars come together in Amsterdam.

Building on the success of last year’s Summer Schools (see archive), this year’s workshop is designed to help develop the insights and skills of PhD and early career researchers in theory development and methodologies within this multi-disciplinary field of knowledge, information and innovation (KIN) research. The purpose is to expand academic insights and skills in order to conduct and publish valuable research.

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Lunch Semninar Joris Ebbers - 13 July

ABRI would like to invite you to an ABRI lunch seminar given by Dr. Joris Ebbers (University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Business School) about “The perceived value of multi-dimensional intra-incubator entrepreneurial networks and new venture performance.” You will can find a short biography and the asbtract here.

The seminar will take place on Friday, July 13, from 12:00 – 13:00 in room HG 7A-37.

To register for this event, please send an e-mail to Niki Konijn (n.m.konijn@vu.nl), latest on Monday, July 9.

Summer School Venture Creation 14-28 July or 28 July - 11 Aug

The creation of new ventures is one of the most important economic issues of our time, throughout the world. This course follows a sustainable entrepreneurship approach, dealing with all the economic, social and ecological aspects of new ventures.

The first Summer School is from 14 till 28 July, the second from 28 July till 11 August.

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Jochem Hummel, Hans Berends, and Philipp Tuertscher receive EGOS Max Boisot award
On 4 July 2018 Jochem Hummel, Hans Berends, and Philipp Tuertscher from the KIN Center of Digital Innovation (VU Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics, ILI department) have received the EGOS Max Boisot award, an award for outstanding and innovative research on topics related to organizing in Big Science organizations and in honor of Professor Max Boisot – an organization scholar and management visionary.
The award was presented to the authors by Ann Langley at the opening ceremony of the 2018 EGOS conference in Talinn, Estonia. They received the award for their paper called "What do we have in common? Collective action among heterogeneous actors in a meta-organization". In this study the authors report on a 7-year longitudinal study of the Helix Nebula initiative, a collaboration between 'Big Science' (CERN, EMBL, and ESA) and 'Big Business' (Atos, CloudSigma, T-Systems) who work together to develop a cloud computing infrastructure for science in Europe. The authors find that the development of the common technical and non-technical components of a digital infrastructure includes crystallizing options in emergent collaborative groups. Over time, options and groups split up and get back together. This reconfiguring happens either with general consent or in dissent, whereto development is alternating between serving the organizations' collective and individual interests. The authors show that the connectedness of technical and non-technical elements in digital infrastructures makes that developments serving the individual interests of organizations become part of making collective progress.

While the honour and publicity of gaining the prize is the most important consideration, the recipients also receive 250 euros award which Jochem, Hans, and Philipp will use for future research as they continue their study on the Helix Nebula initiative and Big science collaborations.
Stefan Heusinkveld and Christine Teelken receive NIAA research grant
Stefan Heusinkveld and Christine Teelken (Faculty of Social Sciences) have been granted a research grant of the Network Institute. The proposal was entitled "Postdoctoral Researchers: their (in)formal networks and further Career structure."

This implies that two Network Institute Academy Assistants will be ranted for the coming academic year.
The reviewers commented that the proposal is undoubetdly of high societal interest, and that it is a good and relevant proposal.

The Network Institute studies the interaction between digital technology and society, or what is often called: the Digital Society. With its interdisciplinary focus, its extensive size, and its well-established organization, the Network Institute is uniquely positioned. Within the VU, it is a central player in realizing the VU’s Connected World research agenda. Meanwhile, many VU researchers have benefited from their Network Institute-based collaborations, and the institute has introduced interdisciplinary research work to a generation of young VU scholars.
A note from ABRI Fellow Marco van Gelderen
Last year I become associate editor of a section of a new journal called Entrepreneurship Education & Pedagogy (EEP). It is a sister journal of the well-known journal Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. It is published by Sage and appears since this year.
The journal has three sections: research articles (e.g., evaluations of entrepreneurship programs), cases, and learning innovations. Together with Erik Noyes of Babson College I edit the learning innovation section. This is a nice job because this way I get to read, assess and develop a range of attempts at creativity and innovation in the realm of entrepreneurship education. Often these concern experiential formats with novel teaching and learning activities and alternative modes of assessment. If you have been innovative in your approach to teaching and learning you could consider reporting this in an education journal, in EEP if you happen to work in entrepreneurship, or in a respective journal which captures your domain. After all, a significant amount of your impact as an academic pertains to the role you play in the life of students.
Anne Kranzb├╝hler successfully defended her thesis
On 5 July Anne Kranzbühler successfully defended her thesis "Orchestrating the customer journey".

Anne Kranzbühler is Assistant Professor of Marketing Communication at the University of Amsterdam. Anne did her PhD at the Center for Marketing Leadership, a collaboration between the VU’s Marketing department and VODW.

Victor Gilsing nominated for Best Paper Award
The article titled "Managing the coordination-specialization dilemma for innovation: the moderating role of manegerial human capital" authored by Victor Gilsing, Nino van de Wal and Christophe Boone (both University of Antwerp) has been nominated as the Best Paper by the Innovation Strategic Interest Group of the European Academy of Management (EURAM).
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!
3 September | 15:15 - 17:15 | Aula
Opening Academic Year
October 25-26 | TBA | Amsterdam
Conference "Reshaping Work"




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