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BLOG: NRCLive – AI & the Future of Work 

New AI trends, self-driving cars, surprising use of robots, questions about whether AI is a hype or reality. Talking about AI is hot and, of course, KIN members are part of that conversation.
On Thursday June 21, KIN members Marleen Huysman, Marlous Agterberg, and Lauren Waardenburg were present at NRCLive AI where delegates of science, business and society were invited to collaborate and talk about AI and the future of humanity. During this full-day event, they joined different keynote sessions and panel discussions where hopes, dreams, fears and the current status quo passed by.
BLOG: Talking about New Ways of Working 

Flexible working, open plan offices, no fixed address, working from home or on the road or anywhere in the world – the ‘new ways of working’ conversation has become mainstream. What is actually new here, though? KIN members Marleen Huysman, Ella Hafermalz, and Julia Schlegelmilch have been a part of this critical appraisal at three events recently. Here’s a quick peek into what was discussed.
BLOG: Masterclass Open Banking 

Open banking opens up a whole new window of opportunities: Banks and smaller Fintech companies alike are challenged to develop new ways of creating value for their customers and develop new types of relationships with their customers. It requires cultural changes in the organization and letting go of existing business models to transition into the unknown. It also brings up new concerns, for instance, who is reliable when issues arise with a financial product?
KIN is hiring: Tenure track position Assistant/ Associate professor Digital Innovation 

We are continuing our search for top-flight talent to join our outstanding faculty. Applications are invited at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor.
KIN is hiring: Lecturer 

To accommodate our continuously growing number of students we are continuing our search for top-flight talent to join our outstanding faculty. Applications are invited at the level of Lecturer.
“Debating Big Data” Paper Runner Up for JSIS Best Paper Award 2017 

The paper called “Debating Big Data: A Literature Review on Realising Value from Big Data” by Wendy Günther, Mohammad Rezazade Mehrizi, Marleen Huysman and Frans Feldberg, has been on top of the journal’s “most downloaded” list for some time now (see our recent post). But now, it has also been considered for the JSIS Best Paper Award 2017!
KIN is hiring: Lecturer/Coordinator Business Analytics 

We are continuing our search for top-flight talent to join our outstanding faculty. Applications are invited at the level of lecturer/Coordinator.
KIN is Hiring: Position for Student Assistant (Dutch) 

Voor het secretariaat van de afdeling Informatie, Logistiek en Innovatie zijn we op korte termijn op zoek naar een student-assistent voor 16 uur per week (verschillend in te delen, bijvoorbeeld 2 hele dagen of 1 hele dag en 2 halve dagen, afhankelijk van je collegeverplichtingen).
BLOG: KIN Experiencing the Future @ TNW2018 

If you are, just like us, interested in digital innovations, such as blockchain or AI, chances are that you were in Amsterdam last week. On May 24 and 25, Amsterdam was the stage for “The Next Web” (TNW) conference, where business, innovators and academics came together to discuss the latest trends. We witnessed some of the latest innovations in the field of the future of work, developments with artificial intelligence, and great ideas on how to use blockchain in practice.
NEWS: Elmira van den Broek presents at Chirurgendagen 2018 

Elmira van den Broek, an incoming PhD candidate at KIN, presented the abstract on the “Illustion of Transparency” at the Chirurgendagen 2018, the annual congress of the Dutch Society of Surgery (NVVH). The NVVH has 2,000 members, with the Chirurgendagen 2018 being the largest congress for surgeons and fellows in the Netherlands.
NEWS: Information Session Executive Program on June 27th 

In 2019, our Parttime Executive Program will start. Over a period of 8 months, participants will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to deal with the complex environment of digital transformation. In 16 sessions, participants will learn the strategic opportunities of digital transformation, ways of organising, implementing digital innovation in existing systems and structures as well as deal with ethical questions and social consequences.
NEWS: Media Partners with Money20/20 conference 

We at the KIN Center for Digital Innovation are proud to announce that we are media partners with the Money20/20 conference! This conference, aimed at professionals in the financial sector, focuses on all new and exciting developments that are taking place in the financial industry. Speakers on a variety of topics from open banking to Fintech will provide their views on what is going to happen in the coming years. The conference starts on Monday the 4th of June and lasts until Wednesday the 6th.
NEWS: Marleen Huysman speaking at the next edition of NRC Live 

During the recent World Economic Forum, better known as Davos 2018, it became very clear that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will have such an impact on our future society that we need to reimagine our educational programs in order to prepare us for the new economy. In fact, Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated that “AI is probably the most important thing humanity has ever worked on. I think of it as something more profound than electricity or fire”.
KINTalk: Re-framing Luxury for Millennials 

Enthusiastic people, warm setting, and very interesting speakers, all the right ingredients for a great new edition of KINTalks.
NEWS: Website Digital Society Goes Live 

The VSNU – the Dutch Collective of Collaborating Universities – developed the Digital Society Research Agenda. The agenda outlines several programmes that will guide academic research into the implications of the digitalisation of our society. The ambition of the VSNU is bold as the collective of universities states that “In ten years time, the Netherlands will have become a leader in the field of digitisation in society.”
BLOG: The road towards Open Banking 

On June 8th, the KIN Center for Digital Innovation will organize the Masterclass Open Banking. This Masterclass will offer insights into regulatory changes of PSD2, the emergence of new platform and innovation ecosystems, and the transformational processes that are necessary to successfully capture the potential that Open Banking can offer. But what is it that makes this such a hard process?
Gezocht: Programmacoördinator 

De Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) is een vooraanstaande, innovatieve en groeiende universiteit die midden in de samenleving staat en actief bijdraagt aan de ontwikkelingen in onderwijs en onderzoek. Op een levendige campus aan de snelst groeiende economische regio van Nederland (de Zuidas), werken ruim 4.500 medewerkers en volgen ruim 23.000 studenten wetenschappelijk onderwijs aan tien faculteiten, verschillende instituten, stichtingen en onderzoekscentra, en ondersteunende diensten.
BLOG: Workshop Data-Driven Business Model Innovation 

In the past years, data and analytics have become increasingly important on management agenda’s. With the increasing digitalization of work and organizing, it becomes vital to understand the (im)possibilities, chances, and consequences of data and analytics.
BLOG: Jovana Karanovic on blockchain & the sharing economy 

Jovana Karanovic, a PhD candidate at KIN, frequently reaches out to others to share her thoughts and views on the platform economy. On Sunday April 1st an article of her was posted on the popular technology-news website The Next Web.
BLOG: Self-Organized Knowledge Sharing on ESM 

On Friday the 16th of March, we organized a seminar on ESM (enterprise social media). People both from practice and from research engaged in various discussions about the complexities around using ESM in organizations.
The Power of Blockchain 

Arjan Bartlema and Ad Rietberg unraveled the potential of blockchain technology. Arjan dove into the progress of blockchain and its enormous potential, while Ad presented a concrete example of how blockchain can be used to empower African farmers by presenting Coin 22’s invention – Agri-wallet.
NEWS: Organization Studies Call for Papers on Connectivity 

Much has happened in the world of connectivity over the last 10 years. While topics such as mobile communication, virtual work, perception of proximity, work-life balance and hyper-connectivity have received notable attention in recent years, there are few theoretical developments made in this field of inquiry. The Journal of Organizational Studies has therefore organized a Call for Papers in order to publish a Special Issue, that fuels the theoretical and practical understanding of the connective context in and around organizations.
NEWS: 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.
NEWS: ABRI PhD Day on March 20th – 2018 

Eight ABRI PhD candidates are now halfway their PhD trajectories! The right opportunity for a presentation of their challenging work to an audience of faculty members, fellow PhD students, and a panel of selected reviewers. 
This will be a great occasion to celebrate the progress of their effort, to give feedback and a good way to strengthen our multidisciplinary research community.
NEWS: Article by Günther and colleagues Most Downloaded Paper in JSIS 2017 

In 2017,Wendy Günther, Mohammad Rezazade Mehrizi, Marleen Huysman, and Frans Feldberg published a paper in Journal of Strategic Information Systems. The paper, titled “Debating big data: A literature review on realizing value from big data” was actually JSIS’ most downloader paper of 2017! An impressive 8517 full paper downloads.
Amsterdam: City of the Future 

Enthusiastic people, warm setting, and very interesting speakers, all the right ingredients for a great new edition of KINTalks. This time a talk about the future of Amsterdam by Jaïr Halevi, Aik van Eemeren and Pinar Sefkatli of the CTO and CSO office of the municipality. Jaïr, Aik and Pinar were able to paint us a picture of the future of Amsterdam in which digital technology and collaboration between the city, people, business and science are key for innovation.
BLOG: Data Driven Business Models and the Role of Wearables 

The use of data-driven business models has become an increasingly trending activity in business, and is widely recognized in the field of digital transformation. Well-known cases of Google’s People Analytics Department, Amazon’s customer recommendations and the growth of Southwest Airlines’ customer loyalty after embracing a data-driven culture has inspired managers to engage in data-driven business models. On Thursday the 5th of April we have a workshop on Data Driven Business Model Innovation that will be given by Professor Frans Feldberg.
Seminar on March 16th: Self-Organizing Knowledge on Enterprise Social Media 

Enterprise social media, or social technologies, have been around for quite some years now, and organizations still struggle with understanding how, when, and why these technologies may actually enhance knowledge sharing. More recent empirical research allows us to draw some interesting conclusions and during this morning seminar we will talk more about some of these insights. By drawing on a variety of studies conducted at different often multinational organizations, we will cover the different elements that may facilitate or frustrate knowledge sharing when implementing and using enterprise social media.
KINTalk “The Power of Blockchain” on March 23, 2018 

On the 23rd of March, Arjan Bartlema and Ad Rietberg will unravel the potential of blockchain technology. Arjan will dive into the progress of blockchain and its enormous potential, while Ad will present a concrete example of how blockchain can be used to empower African farmers by presenting Coin 22’s invention – Agri-wallet. Join us for an afternoon where we share ideas, ask questions, and dive into the future!
BLOG: Jovana Karanovic on how platform workers can get proper benefits 

Jovana Karanovic is a PhD candidate at KIN, and frequently reaches out to others to share her thoughts and views on the platform economy. On Tuesday February 6th an article of her was posted on the popular technology-news website The Next Web.
KIN is Hiring: 5 PhD Positions in Business and Management 

We are continuing our search for top-flight talent to join our outstanding faculty. Apply now for one of five PhD positions! Deadline for contacting us: February 15, 2018. Deadline for application: March 15, 2018. Start of the programme: September 1, 2018.
BLOG: Interactive Workshop on Creativity & Design for Digital Innovation 

On Wednesday the 24th of January, we organized the professional workshop titled: A Journey towards Digital Transformation: Creativity and Design for Digital Innovation.
PhD Defence Nick Oostervink “Self-Organising Knowledge: Examining the conditions under which professionals share and integrate knowledge”- March 16th 

Nick Oostervink will defend his PhD on March 16th, 2018 at 13:45h in the Aula of the Main Building of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Self-Organizing Knowledge: Examining the conditions under which professionals share and integrate knowledge
BLOG: Blockchain & Medical Records 

Blockchain is the technology underlying the well-known cryptocurrency Bitcoin. The blockchain technology promises to be hugely disruptive with far-reaching applications in different applications in both private and public organizations. Electronic Medical Records (EMR’s) promise to be an important beneficiary of a blockchain-based structure model.
KINTalk “Amsterdam in the Future Government Paradigm” on February 16, 2018 

We are excited to announce the upcoming KINTalk by Jaïr Haveli and Aik van Neemeren of the Chief Technology Office of Gemeente Amsterdam. They will discuss the Future Government paradigm and elaborate on the Start Up residence program, which aims to use the innovative power of start-ups to change the city.
NEWS: Marleen Huysman in VUurwerk on KIN Center for Digital Innovation 

Marleen Huysman was interviewed for the Vrije Universiteit’s magazine “VUurwerk”! The interview is in Dutch, but one important quote states:
“A lot of managers and professionals want to ‘look further’ [the VU’s slogan], but don’t know where to start. There is so much going on in the digital wonderland, with new hypes going on everywhere, that it becomes increasingly difficult for organizations to find their way. We want to use our knowledge and experience to help organizations to organize and manage the development and use of digital innovations in effective and responsible ways.”
Read the entire article here:
BLOG: Organized Creativity – The Need for Creativity to Cultivate Digital Innovation 

Understanding and adopting digital innovation is becoming increasingly important for a wide variety of organizations and institutions. Banks need to keep up with financial technologies to match changing customer demands, universities need to transform the way they stimulate and educate their students, and consulting firms need to remain up-to-date about digital innovations and services that they can offer their clients.
KIN is Hiring: Two Assistant or Associate Professors in the areas of Information Systems and Sharing Economy 

We are continuing our search for top-flight talent to join our outstanding faculty. Applications are invited at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor.
KIN proud partner of the Reshaping Work conference 2018 

The Reshaping Work in the Platform Economy 2017 brought together over 140 platform economy enthusiasts, from academics, to business leaders, policy makers, and gig workers themselves. This innovative event is redefining the way in which the future of work is ought to be discussed. We are proud to announce to be the partner of the Reshaping Work conference 2018!
Mahmood Shafeie Zargar winner GrassRoots grant for small scale ICT-projects 

GrassRoots are grants for small-scale ICT projects with ready-to-use results for teaching and learning. With a GrassRoots project, teachers can improve their teaching in a way that resonates with their personal ideas and preferences. For more information about GrassRoots, click here.
KIN, VSNU, and the Digital Society Research Agenda – Leading the way through cooperation in a Digital Society  

Digitalisation is affecting virtually any aspect of modern life. How we vote and build momentum for referenda, how we store and protect our personal information, how we measure our health and quality of life, and how we work and collaborate within and across public and private organisations. This movement towards the digital era has been going on for at least the past ten years, and will continue to disrupt our society for decades to come.
BLOG: Theorizing the practical reality of theory: the importance of indigenous theories 

Nothing is as practical as a good theory, Kurt Lewin once explained. Theories represent the world we live in. They allow us to survive and make sense of our experiences. Organizational scholars aspire to develop good theories that help us understand organizations and how actors move within and across those organizations. However, there are many theories out there that are developed with too little concern for context. They theorize the universal over the particular. To make the world of theory a better place, professor Robert Davison presented his view on the importance of developing “indigenous theory”. Professor Davison is professor at the Department of Information Systems at the City University of Hong Kong and visited us on Friday the 24th of November.
BLOG: Deliveroo Riders in Europe Demand Job Security – Can They Win the Fight? 

Jovana Karanovic comments on the recent developments in Europe where ‘gig workers’, in this case Deliveroo riders, are protesting against the company’s current employment regulations. Jovana argues that “rather than trying to avoid employment law, Deliveroo should be in favor of smarter regulations” and explains how and why. The commentary is published on the blog of prominent Harvard Law School scholar Benjamin Sachs and can be accessed here.
PhD research opportunity on ‘Tackling grand challenges through crowdsourcing’  

The United Nations has set ambitious sustainable development goals aimed at eradicating some of the most pressing global challenges of our time. Yet grand challenges, such as poverty and climate change, often elude simple solutions. To explore and combine the most promising approaches, complex networks of actors who hold conflicting views on the nature and causes of the problems need to collaborate. Digital technologies are promising tools for supporting collaborative efforts of diverse actors. Crowdsourcing, a form of open innovation whereby organizations invite external individuals with relevant expertise (i.e., the crowd) to help solve problems, has expanded the range and scope of actors that collaborate on solutions. Openideo, Climate Co-lab, and Our Oceans Challenge are recent initiatives that bring crowdsourcing to the domain of societal grand challenges.
BLOG: Seminar by dr. Zachariadis on Fintech – The API Economy and Digital Transformation in Financial Services 

The financial services industry is changing rapidly with the advances in digital innovation. Startups are popping up everywhere and apps allow us access to virtually any financial service that is available. In his talk on his research on the developments in fintech, associate professor Markos Zachariadis from Warwick Business School and a Fintech Research Fellow at Cambridge Digital Innovation, explains why recent regulatory and technological developments will have even more impact on the way in which banking is done and how consumers can benefit from future cooperation between banks and fintech startups.
5th Technology & Innovation Community Meeting on “Intellectual Property Strategies” at the KU Leuven – November 29, 2017 

The 5th Technology & Innovation Community meeting will be hosted by the Department of Managerial Economics, Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MSIE) at the KU Leuven and focus on the theme “Intellectual Property Strategies”. Please find the agenda below.
Seminar prof. Robert Davison about “Developing Indigenous Theory” – November 24, 2017 

ABRI and the KIN Research Group would like to invite you to a seminar given by prof. Robert Davison (City University of Hong Kong) about “Developing Indigenous Theory”.
The seminar will take place on Friday November 24 between 14:00 – 15:00 in room HG 5A-91.
To register for this event, please send an e-mail to Niki Konijn latest on Wednesday November 22, 2017.
Amanda Porter keynote speaker at symposium “Building a Bright Future” – November 21, 2017  

To celebrate the name change to “School of Business and Economics”, the faculty organizes a symposium entitled “Building a Bright Future” on November 21, 2017. Amanda Porter is one of the keynote speakers, together with Jeroen Tas (Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer at Philips) and Eric Bartelsman (professor of Economics at VU Amsterdam). Amanda’s talk will be about “Tackling Grand Challenges Through Crowdsourcing.”
The event will start at 15:00, and will be followed by a reception. Please register online.
Seminar Markos Zachariadis on FinTech – October 30, 2017 

We are excited that Dr. Markos Zachariadis, Associate Professor Information Systems & Management at Warwick Business School and Research Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Digital Innovation (CDI), will visit the KIN Group on October 30, 2017. Markos is an expert in financial technology and economics of digital innovation, and will share his latest research on FinTech during a seminar talk at 13:00 in our library (room 5A-91 at the VU Main Building). You’re welcome to join us! Please let us if you are planning to come by sending an e-mail to Florence.
Our Oceans Challenge (OOC) wins the Offshore Energy Public Outreach Award 2017 

Our Oceans Challenge (OOC) aims “to balance ocean protection with the responsible use and exploitation of ocean space and resources.” Through a massive open online innovation platform, entrepreneurs could submit ideas for solving major sustainability challenges faced by the offshore industry. Selected most promising solutions were supported for further development by involved industry partners (see for more information the trailer movie below). The success of OOC has not gone unnoticed: at the Opening Dinner and Awards Show of Offshore Energy on October 9, 2017, the initiative won the Public Outreach Award 2017!

News

Elmira van den Broek, an incoming PhD candidate at KIN, presented the abstract on the “Illustion of Transparency” at the Chirurgendagen 2018, the annual congress of the Dutch Society of Surgery (NVVH). The NVVH has 2,000 members, with the Chirurgendagen 2018 being the largest congress for surgeons and fellows in the Netherlands.

Scheduled before an oral presentation about “sinus pilonidalis laser assisted closure” and after a presentation about “laparoscopic cholecystectomy”, Elmira shared insights about how transparency in personal health data can alter the relationship between physicians and patients.

Read the abstract here (in Dutch).

In 2019, our Parttime Executive Program will start. Over a period of 8 months, participants will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to deal with the complex environment of digital transformation. In 16 sessions, participants will learn the strategic opportunities of digital transformation, ways of organising, implementing digital innovation in existing systems and structures as well as deal with ethical questions and social consequences.

On June 27th, we are organising an information session, together with the Management & Organization Department to elaborate further on the Executive Programs we offer. The program will be held at the VU University Amsterdam from 18:00 till 20:30.

 

The preliminary program is as follows:

17:00-18:00 – Walk-in & coffee
18:00-18:15 – Introduction
18:15-18:35 – Digital Innovation & Transformation
18:35-18:55 – Board Dynamics
18:55-19:15 – Transformative Management & Leading Corporate Transformation
19:15-19:30 – Q&A
19:30-20:30 – Closing and networking drinks

 

The session will be guided by professor Hans Berends, Brian Tjemkes, Svetlana Khapova, and Marilieke Engbers.

 

For more information on out Executive Program (in Dutch) can be found here. If you would like to sign up, or receive more information on the session, please sign up here.

We at the KIN Center for Digital Innovation are proud to announce that we are media partners with the Money20/20 conference! This conference, aimed at professionals in the financial sector, focuses on all new and exciting developments that are taking place in the financial industry. Speakers on a variety of topics from open banking to Fintech will provide their views on what is going to happen in the coming years. The conference starts on Monday the 4th of June and lasts until Wednesday the 6th.


Masterclass Open Banking on Friday the 8th of June
As a professor in the field of Fintech and a research fellow of the KIN Center for Digital Innovation, Markos Zachariadis will host a session on the importance and developments of artifical intelligence in the world of Fintech. After the Money20/20 conference he will stay in Amsterdam to host the full-day masterclass on Open Banking. So if you are a professional in the field of finance and you want to delve deeper into the opportunities and threats of Open Banking, PSD2, and emerging fintech ecosystems, have a look at the program of our masterclass.

During the recent World Economic Forum, better known as Davos 2018, it became very clear that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will have such an impact on our future society that we need to reimagine our educational programs in order to prepare us for the new economy. In fact, Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated that “AI is probably the most important thing humanity has ever worked on. I think of it as something more profound than electricity or fire”.

It’s increasingly clear that AI will change the current offering of products and services. it is not clear yet however, as to what extent we will be impacted by this disrupting technology. Today, we are able to execute more and more tasks through machines, which influences the current and future business of many organizations, but how exactly does this change affect organizations? And where do you start as a business leader?

On 21 June 2018, the NRC Live conference will address these issues, and provide a deeper understanding of AI. At the conference, influencing speakers from science, heads of industry and policy will separate fact from fiction, and provide insights on how to innovate with AI. Furthermore, they will address important risks and ethical issues that should be considered. As the Head of KIN, professor Marleen Huysman will be one of the speakers at this conference. She will address the topic of AI from her perspective as a researcher on the consequences of digital innovations in work and organizations and as advocate of the Digital Society.

Interested in attending, or do you want to find out more about NRC Live? Read more.