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Specialization Sem. Research on Digital Innovation

This course will offer a basic understanding of issues around organizational theories on digital technology and innovation including teh importance of a socio-technical perspective and practice- and process-approaches in analyzing the development and use of technology.

The course focuses on classics and contemporary theories and empirical studies addressing various aspects of the role of technological innovations in organizations, and in particular related to digital technologies.

Prof. dr. Marleen Huysman

Prof. dr. Marleen Huysman

Marleen is director of the KIN Center for Digital Innovationat at the VU Amsterdam and is head of the department of Knowledge, Information and Innovation. She studied Sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and has a PhD in Business Economics at the VU University. Since 2006 she holds a chair in Knowledge and Organization at the VU School of Business and Economics. Marleen has been visiting scholar during her PhD at Stanford and in 2000-2001 she was a visiting scholar at the Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) group at Harvard Business School. Marleen conducts research in: new ways of working, technology in practice, knowledge sharing, - coordinating, development and integration. Her research has been published in various international journals and books and is a frequent speaker at academic and professional meeting in the field.

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Marleen Huysman

Prof. dr. ir. Hans Berends

Prof. dr. ir. Hans Berends

Hans Berends (1972) is Professor of Innovation and Organization at the Knowledge, Information and Innovation Research Group, School of Business and Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is an organization scientist with a background in philosophy and industrial engineering, and received a PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology for a dissertation on knowledge sharing in industrial research. His work has been published in leading journals including Organization Science, Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Human Relations, and Journal of Product Innovation Management.

Hans Berends

Course Description

The course focuses on classics and contemporary theories and empirical studies addressing various aspects of the role of technological innovations in organizations, and in particular related to digital technologies. Thorough understanding of theories explaining how technological innovations come about and how technologies influences innovative ways of working and organizing is needed to avoid the use of limited deterministic perspectives of technological developments within organizations and society at large. Characteristic of the course is its focus on practice- and process research approaches, while technology is addressed from a socio-technical perspective. The emphasis is on digital technologies, including digital innovations in sectors such as healthcare, high-tech industry, and creative industry.

Study Characteristics

  • Study period: March 2022 – May 2022 (Period 5)
  • Credits: 5 ECTS
  • Tuition fee: €1250 (20% discount for early bird registration)
  • Registration deadline: 21-03-2022 (early bird registration: 28-02-2022)
  • Assessment: The final grade consists of the following elements:  Individual examination (80%): essay-type exam, Class participation (20%)
  • The purpose of the course is to provide students with a thorough grounding in various theoretical perspectives and in-depth empirical studies on technology development and use. This seminar has two major purposes. One is to explore important, contemporary issues at the intersection of organization theory, innovation and technology studies from a number of theoretical, methodological, and topic-oriented perspectives. The second is to practice a variety of skills such as synthesizing research, understanding research designs, and developing research questions that should prove useful in your academic careers.
  • Course Description & Study Characteristics

    Course Description

    The course focuses on classics and contemporary theories and empirical studies addressing various aspects of the role of technological innovations in organizations, and in particular related to digital technologies. Thorough understanding of theories explaining how technological innovations come about and how technologies influences innovative ways of working and organizing is needed to avoid the use of limited deterministic perspectives of technological developments within organizations and society at large. Characteristic of the course is its focus on practice- and process research approaches, while technology is addressed from a socio-technical perspective. The emphasis is on digital technologies, including digital innovations in sectors such as healthcare, high-tech industry, and creative industry.

    Study Characteristics

    • Study period: March 2022 – May 2022 (Period 5)
    • Credits: 5 ECTS
    • Tuition fee: €1250 (20% discount for early bird registration)
    • Registration deadline: 21-03-2022 (early bird registration: 28-02-2022)
    • Assessment: The final grade consists of the following elements:  Individual examination (80%): essay-type exam, Class participation (20%)
    • The purpose of the course is to provide students with a thorough grounding in various theoretical perspectives and in-depth empirical studies on technology development and use. This seminar has two major purposes. One is to explore important, contemporary issues at the intersection of organization theory, innovation and technology studies from a number of theoretical, methodological, and topic-oriented perspectives. The second is to practice a variety of skills such as synthesizing research, understanding research designs, and developing research questions that should prove useful in your academic careers.

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