Knowledge, Information and Innovation Research (2015)

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 workshops (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.

This KIN Summer School is organized by the KIN Research Group of the VU University Amsterdam ( together with the Amsterdam Business Research Institute (ABRI). During 4 intensive days participants and faculty will discuss research in the field of IT, Knowledge and Innovation. The teaching faculty consists of an international group of professors, known for their research in the field: Samer Faraj (McGill University, Canada), Raghu Garud (Penn State University, USA), Michael Barrett (Judge Business School, Cambridge University, UK), Ulrike Schultze (Cox business school SMU, USA) and Marleen Huysman (KIN Research, VU University Amsterdam).

Participants will engage in intensive sessions with faculty focusing on recent theoretical and methodological advances and are asked to be well prepared; a list of 15 papers will be sent upon acceptance. The format provides ample opportunity to discuss related topics such as reviewing and getting published. In small groups we will also discuss participants’ own work in progress.



Course Manual 2015

Programme 2015

Monday, July 6

10:00 - 13:00Introduction; theoretical aspects on Knowledge, Innovation and Information (KIN)Marleen Huysman
Professor Knowledge, Information and Networks
VU University Amsterdam
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13:00 - 14:00LunchVU University
14:00 - 17:00Knowledge Collaboration in Online CommunitiesSamer Faraj
Professor Technology, Management, and Healthcare
McGill University, Canada
BV 0H-38

Tuesday, July 7

10:00 - 13:00Identity Work in Virtual EnvironmentsUlrike Schultze
Associate Professor in Information Technology and Operations Management
Cox Business School SMU, USA
BV 0H-38
13:00 - 14:00LunchVU University
14:00 - 17:00Panel on research methodsMichael Barrett, Ulrike Schultze, Samer Faraj, Raghu Garud, Marleen HuysmanBV 0H-38

Wednesday, July 8

10:00 - 13:00Sociomaterial Practices and Service InnovationsMichael Barrett
Professor of Information Systems & Innovation Studies
Cambridge Judge Business School, UK
BV 0H-38
13:00 - 14:00LunchVU University
14:00 - 17:00Discussion in groups on individual papersBV 0H-38
17:00Dinner and Social Programme

Thursday, July 9

10:00 - 13:00Architecture of Complexity and Digital MemoryRaghu Garud
Professor Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Penn State University, USA
BV 0H-38