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2018 week 12
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KIN Talk The power of blockchain - 23 March
The concept is simple. KINTalks is an event where inspiring practitioners are invited to talk about their work experience in the field of innovation, digital technology, business and/or design. Key here is sharing knowledge and firing up debate. It seems that there are (too) little moments where academics and practitioners meet. KINTalks helps: 1) to encourage a conversation around shared interests; 2) to learn from each other and 3) to network and nurture lasting relationships. Overall, it is an opportunity to get inspired and energized.

Topic: Arjan Bartlema and Ad Rietberg will share their experiences with Blockchain. Arjan Bartlema, an expert in cryptocurrency, will introduce the blockchain technology. Ad Rietberg is part of the team that developed Agri-Wallet, an innovative mobile business account and recent winner of the Accenture Innovation Awards.

The talks will take place at VU University Amsterdam (Main building, De Boelelaan 1105, 5th floor) from 16:30 till 17:30. Please note that participation in KIN Talks is free of charge, but registration for KIN Talks is required.

Please register here when you would like to join the KIN Talk. If you have further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact KIN (kintalks.feweb@vu.nl).
SBE Research Integrity debate - 29 March

The SBE Faculty Board invites all SBE researchers and PhD candidates to actively participate in discussing The ConScience App. The programme includes a play and a debate which will be held in room 14A-00 from 15:00 til 17:30. For more information please click here.

Seminar Bart De Keyser - 29 March
Bart De Keyser (University of Antwerp) will hold a seminar titled "Are Diamonds Forever? How the Organizational Ecosystem can Moderate the Agility of the Firm". It will be held from 12:30 - 13:30 in the pantry of the fourth floor. For the abstract and a short biography please click here.
Nick Oostervink successfully defended his thesis

On 16 March Nick Oostervink successfully defended his thesis titled "Self-Organizing Knowledge: Examining the conditions under which professionals share and integrate knowledge".

Nick Oostervink is a knowledge valorisation officer at KIN Research Group, where he develops programs for executive education and focuses on using academic research to make an impact in organizations. Nick also did his Ph.D. at the KIN Research Group and holds a Master of Science degree (cum laude) in Information & Knowledge management from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Nick is passionate about digital and technological innovation, and aspires to improve constructive collaboration between academia and practice.
Anastasia Sergeeva in panel discussion on Digital Nomads
On Thursday the 1st of March, DocuDoka Amsterdam hosted a session on Digital Nomads. At the beginning of the event, the movie “One Way Ticket” was showed, after which a panel discussion took place.

Julia Schegelmilch, one of KIN’s PhD Candidates wrote a paper on Digital Nomads and the Future of Work, together with Marleen Huysman, Svetlana Khapova and Evgenia Lysova.

Anastasia Sergeeva was asked to join a panel discussion on the question “‘Is Nomadism too good to be true’?”

Together with several others they discussed the different pro’s and cons of digital nomads. While digital nomadism is often lauded, there are also several downsides. For the digital nomads themselves, traveling from place to place means that it can be difficult to sustain meaningful relationships with people.
Another, more complex consequence of digital nomadism is the fact that these people often do not pay taxes in the countries they are traveling. So while they do contribute to local economies, it is questionable what the real economic consequences are. There are obviously no easy answers, and hence there was a lively discussion. As an organizational researcher, Anastasia Sergeeva also emphasized that it remains to be seen whether digital nomadism is “here to stay”. We do not know, yet, if this is a temporary hype, or if organizations are truly adopting digital nomadism as the new way of working.

Digital Nomads and the Future of Work

The nature of work is changing and digital nomadism is emerging as a new way of working. Digital nomads are professionals who use information and communication technology to achieve location-independence and, to varying extents, combine working with traveling. Through a 25 months qualitative study of highly mobile digital nomads, this article investigates how a new generation of professionals works and lives. Our three main findings are that digital nomads strive for independence of work and life, engage in a community of like-minded others to create sense of identification and continuously establish and break down temporary structures of working and living. This article ties digital nomadism to three main conversations in the literature of work, namely work design, work identity and identification, and changing places of work. We draw on our findings to suggest avenues for future theory building and research.
ABRI PhD candidate Inge Brokerhof visiting researcher at Harvard Business School

This spring, Inge Brokerhof is visiting Harvard Business School to investigate the impact of a narrative intervention method on moral awareness in (future) leaders and business managers enrolled in the MBA program at HBS.

Research summary
She investigates a narrative approach to stimulate moral awareness through the use of fictional narratives in a business education context. Narratives can help students grasp real-life complexities of morality and can give them the opportunity to get involved at an emotional level with story characters and the predicaments they face.

 Through putting themselves in the shoes of different story characters and by engaging in class discussions, students experience different personal perspectives towards moral decision-making and moral leadership – increasing moral awareness and offering new perspectives on what it means to be a moral leader.

This study is conducted in collaboration with Prof. Sandra Sucher (Harvard Business School), Prof. Dr. Matthijs Bal (University of Lincoln), Dr. Frank Hakemulder (Utrecht University), Prof. Dr. Paul Jansen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and Dr. Omar Solinger (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and combines research of business education, literary studies, ethical development and organizational psychology.

About Inge Brokerhof
Inge Brokerhof has a background in psychology (MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology from the University of Cambridge, 2013) and rhetoric and sociology (Bachelor in Social Science, University College Roosevelt, 2011). Since 2015 she is a SBE PhD candidate at the Amsterdam Business Research Institute (ABRI), in the department of Management and Organization, and the HRM research group.
ABRI PhD day 2018 was a success
At the 2018 edition of the PhD Day, March 20, eight ABRI PhD candidates presented their work in progress to the greater ABRI community.

Anniek Eigenraam (Marketing), Christine Fong (Organizational Behaviour), Julia Mühlhaus (Strategy & Organization), Julia Schlegelmilch (Knowledge, Information and Networks), Florian Buehler (Marketing), Christos Orlis (Logistics), Michiel de Roo (Strategy & Organization) and Amir Shabani (Logistics) all delivered impressive presentations.
Each presented paper was reviewed by at least two faculty members, who provided constructive feedback after the presentations. This created relevant discussions, the input of which will be used to further develop the papers.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our chairpersons, Dr. Sylvia van de Bunt and Prof. Dr. ir. Sander de Leeuw, for hosting the sessions, the PhD candidates for presenting, the reviewers for providing such constructive feedback and of course all the guests for supporting this event.
April 1 | 0:00 | Vrije Universiteit
KIN Summer School Application Deadline | Register here
April 10 | 16:00 | HG 1A43
PhD Research Seminar | Lauren Waardenburg | Predictive analytics in the making: Data in practice
April 20 | 12:00 – 13:00 | HG 6A-37
ABRI Seminar Debjit Roy | Analysis of Taxi-Driver Operating Strategies in E-hailing Platforms | Register here
April 23 | 12:00 - 13:00 | Pantry 4th floor
ABRI Seminar | Jiatao Li | Paradoxical climate, top management team job-related diversity and organizational innovation
June 14 and 15 | TBA | Vrije Universiteit
3rd International Symposium On Meaningful Work | Meaningfulness and Sustainability: How Can Meaningful Work Contribute to Sustainable Ways of Doing Business? | Register here
October 5 - 7 | TBA | Brussels
2018 EFMD Job Fair for PhDs in Business and Management | Save the date




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