The Knowledge, Information, and Innovation (KIN) research group is part of the Department of Information, Logistics and Innovation (ILI) of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (FEWEB) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). Our research focuses on the development, use, implications and business value of digital innovations. This research is conducted by a multi-disciplinary group of researchers with academic backgrounds in business administration, sociology, communication science, anthropology, philosophy, engineering, industrial design, and computer science.

Typical to KIN is its ‘embedded research’: research in close collaboration with industry partners and the emphasis on discussing research. In the two monthly “KINcubator” sessions, we discuss our ongoing research projects, while the monthly ‘reading group’ sessions serve to discuss classics on a particular theory or perspective and during our seminars and workshops, academic scholars from other universities present their research (see events). Each year at the end of the Spring semester, we organize the KIN Summer School during which around 20 international late PhD candidates and junior faculties engage with a group of five senior international scholars to learn more about KIN-related research. Our research is organized in projects where teams of PhD, junior and senior researchers conduct embedded research. Engagement with industry is also institutionalized by our KINTalks: a series of seminars during which managers, entrepreneurs, and policy makers discuss novel ideas in relation to organizing for digital innovation. We use our research insights and industry connections also in our teaching at bachelor, master, and PhD levels as well as various part-time and executive training programs.

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Seminar Stefan Haefliger “Who solves whose problem in open collaboration?” October 14th, 2016

On October 14th Stefan Haefliger from Cass Business School (City, University of London) will give a lunch seminar hosted by KIN and ABRI. The seminar will take place in room HG 5A-91 at […]


Seminar Shaz Ansari “Multiple framings and divergent responses: A cognitive account of incumbent responses to disruptive innovation” – Oct 7th, 2016

Shaz Ansari from Judge Business School (University of Cambridge) will visit the KIN Research Group on October 7th and will give a seminar (at 12:00, room HG 5A-91) titled “Multiple framings and […]


Vacancy: PhD position for project ‘Crossover collaborations for digital innovation’ in Business and Management

Job Title: PhD position for project ‘Crossover collaborations for digital innovation’ in Business and Management FTE: 1.0 (3-4 years fully-funded) Vu unit: Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Closing date: […]

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