Marleen Huysman

Marleen Huysman

Full Professor, Head of KIN Research, Head of Information, Logistics and Innovation Department
Marleen heads the KIN research group at the VU University and is head of the department of Information systems, Logistics and Innovation (ILI). She studied Sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and has a PhD in Business Economics on the topic of Organizational Learning and IT at the VU University. Marleen has been assistant professor at the department of Work and Organizational Psychology , TU Delft and associate professor Business Administration at the VU University Amsterdam. Since 2006 she holds a chair in Knowledge and Organization at the faculty of Economics and Business Administration. 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 the following overlapping fields of research, all related to the development and use of digital innovation: 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.

Research Interests

  • Digital Innovation
  • New ways of working and organizing
  • Knowledge & organizations
  • Creativity
  • Technology in practice


  • Digital Innovation Master Information Science (FEW) 4.2
  • Digital innovation and virtual organizing in a global setting IBA 2.4
  • KIN Summerschool ABRI periode 6
  • Technology and Innovation, research masters period 2


Journal Articles

Conference Contributions / Article in Proceedings

  • Sergeeva, A., Huysman, M.H. & Faraj, S.A. (2015). Transforming work practices of operating room teams: the case of the Da Vinci robot. In ICIS 2015 Proceedings. New York: ICIS.
  • Pachidi, S., Berends, J.J., Faraj, S.A., Huysman, M.H. & Weerd, I. van de (2014). Epistemologies in clash: What happens when analytics lands in the organization? In OLKC 2014, International Conference on Organizational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities. Oslo, Norway: OLKC.
  • Ferguson, J.E., Soekijad, M. & Huysman, M.H. (2012). My way or the highway: Unfolding parallel discourse in epistemic communities. In Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Boston: AMA.
  • Land, S.F. van der, Huysman, M.H., Schouten, A.P., Hooff, B.J. van den & Feldberg, J.F.M. (2012). Does avatar appearance matter? How avatar representations impact on virtual team performance. In Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Boston, MA: AMA.
  • Moser, C., Groenewegen, P. & Huysman, M.H. (2011). A Piece Of Cake – How Social Norms Govern Organization In The Community Of Dutch Cake Bakers. In Proceedings of International Sunbelt XXXI Social Network Conference (pp. 7-7). St. Pete's Beach: Sunbelt.
  • Erkelens, R., Hooff, B.J. van den, Vlaar, P.W.L. & Huysman, M.H. (2010). Knowledge integration in distributed R&D networks. In OLKC 2010. Boston, USA: OLKC.
  • Ferguson, J.E., Huysman, M.H. & Soekijad, M. (2010). Mission-based communities as negotiated orders. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Organizational Learning 2010. Boston, US: OLKC.
  • Amiryany Araghy, N., Huysman, M.H., Man, A.P. de & Cloodt, M. (2009). Acquisition-based Dynamic Reconfiguration Capabilities. In V. Demetriss, Y. Weber, R. Kaufmann & S. Tarba (Eds.), Managerial and Entrepreneurial Developments in the Mediterranean Area (pp. 91-109). Salerno, Italy: EuroMed Press.
  • Kotlarsky, J., Hooff, B.J. van den & Huysman, M.H. (2009). Bridging knowledge boundaries in cross-functional groups: The role of a transactive memory systems. In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Information Systems. Phoenix, USA: ICIS.
  • Amiryany Araghy, N., Huysman, M.H., Man, A.P. de & Cloodt, M. (2008). Organizational Learning through Knowledge Acquisitions. In D. Vrontis, Y. Weber, R. Kaufmann & S. Tarba (Eds.), European and Mediterranean Trends and Challenges in the 21st Century (pp. 9-28). Marseille, France: EuroMed Press.
  • Feldberg, J.F.M., Eliëns, A.P.W., Konijn, E.A. & Huysman, M.H. (2008). VU at Second Life 1: a report on experiences with the development of a (virtual) community of learners. In Proceedings of IFIP WG 9.5 International Working Conference on Virtuality and Society: Massive Virtual Communities. Leuphana University Lueneburg Germany.
  • Feldberg, J.F.M., Eliëns, A.P.W., Konijn, E.A. & Huysman, M.H. (2008). VU@Second Life: a report on experiences with the development of a (virtual) community of learners. In Conference proceedings of the International Federation for Information Processing WG 9.5 International Working Conference on Virtuality and Society: Massive Virtual Communities.
  • Huysman, M.H., Agterberg, L.C.M., Hooff, B.J. van den & Soekijad, M. (2007). Organizing multi-level embeddedness of networks of practice. In OLKC Conference 2007 Proceedings. London, Ontario, Canada: OLKC.
  • Huysman, M.H., Soekijad, M. & Walschots, J.A.B. (2006). Studying organizational learning in networks of practice. In The 2nd Organization Studies Summer Workshop web proceedings. Mykonos, Greece: OS.
  • Walschots, J.A.B., Huysman, M.H. & Soekijad, M. (2006). Exploring the relation between communities of practice and institutionalizing innovation. In EGOS 2006 Conference Proceedings. Bergen, Norway: EGOS.
  • Brohm, R. & Huysman, M.H. (2004). Reinterpreting the Role of Professionals and their Practice in Organizations from CoP to PCO. In C. Combes, D. Grant, T. Keenoy, C. Oswick, I. Sabelis, M. Veenswijk & S. Ybema (Eds.), Organizational Discourse 2004: Artefacts, Archetypes and Architexts. London: KMCP.
  • Huysman, M.H. & Baalen, P. van (2003). Looking into the black box of strategic activities, an activity theoretical perspective. In Proceedings of the international conference on organizational knowledge and learning. Barcelona: ICOKL.
  • Huysman, M.H., Stam, E., Rooijen, J., Flier, A. van der & Krauze, T. (2003). Knowledge sharing and the role of ICT in the Dutch Greenhouse region. In The ambiguous role of ICT in regional inter-firm clusters. Amsterdam: VU.
  • Huysman, M.H., Cummings, S.R. & Heeks, R. (2003). Social capital in networks and online communities: a development perspective, Ceres Summer School. In Ceres Summer School: Faces of Poverty. Amsterdam: CERES.
  • Huysman, M.H. & Brohm, R. (2003). The Utopia of communities: an etnographic account of the rise and fall of business communities. In Proceedings of the fifth International Conference on Organizational Learning. Lancaster, UK: Lancaster University.
  • Huysman, M.H. & Leonard, D. (2002). An Organizational Learning Perspective on Corporate Acquisitions. In Proceedings of the 35th Hawaiin International Conference on Systems Science. Hawai: HICSS.
  • Huysman, M.H. & Sole, D. (2002). Communities of Practice and the role of location: revealing limits of .... In Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems. Barcelona: IS.
  • Huysman, M.H. (2002). Organizational Learning and communities of Practice, a social constructivist perspective. In Proceedings of the third European Conference on Organizational Knowledge, Learning and Capabilities. Athene: OKLC.
  • Huysman, M.H. (2002). Design requirements for knowledge sharing tools, a need for social capital analysis. In M. Huysman & V. Wulf (Eds.), Research Workshop on Social Capital and IT. Amsterdam: Vrije Universiteit.
  • Huysman, M.H., Steinfeld, CH., Yang, C.Y., Poot, H.J., Huis in 't Veld, M., Mulder, I., Goodman, E., Lloyd, J., David, K., Hinds, T., Andriessen, E. & Werff, K. van der (2001). New Methods for Studying Global Virtual Teams: Towards a Multi-Faceted Approach. In Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences, Organizational Systems and Technology Track: Research Methods and Approaches for Studying Organizational Systems and Technology. Hawai.
  • Blonk, H.C. van der & Huysman, M.H. (1998). Exploring the role of information systems and organizational learning, an overview. In Proceedings of the 31st Anual Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences. Kohala Coast: IEEE Computer Society Press.
  • Hakansson, H., Huysman, M.H. & Raesfeld-Meijer, A. von (1998). Organizational Interaction and Organizational Teaching. In Proceedings Samples of the future: a conference on organizations research.
  • Huysman, M.H. & Newman, M. (1998). Coping with Rapid Change: the Case of The Dutch Social Security System. In Proceedings of the fourth Americas Conference on Information Systems (pp. 71-72). Baltimore, Maryland, USA: AMCIS.
  • Huysman, M.H. & Newman, M. (1998). Developing Information Systems in a Turbulent Environment: the Case of the Dutch Social Security System. In Proceedings of the 6th European Conference on Information Systems (pp. 1608-1615). Aix en Provence: IS.
  • Huysman, M.H., Derksen, F.E.J.M. & Creemers, M.R. (1998). Exploring the relation between organizational learning, knowledge management and Information/communication technology. In Proceedings of the Americas Conference 1998 (pp. 798-600). Baltimore, USA: Association for Information Systems.
  • Huysman, M.H. & Gerrits, H. (1998). ICT and project-based education, some findings from an exploratory research study. In Proceedings of the XV IFIP World Computer Congress (pp. 495-507). Vienna, Budapest: IFIP.
  • Huysman, M.H. & Gerrits, H. (1998). The Dynamics of Internet Supported Learning. A Case Study. In Proceedings of the 1998 International Conference on Networked Life Long Learning (pp. 33-47). Sheffield: NLC.
  • Huysman, M.H., Creemers, M.R. & Derksen, F.E.J.M. (1998). Learning From the Environment. Exploring the Relation Between Organizational Learning, Knowledge Management and Information/Communication Technology. In Proceedings International Conference of the Association for Information Systems. Helsinki: ICIS.
  • Blonk, H.C. van der, Huysman, M.H. & Spoor, E.R.K. (1997). Autopoiesis and the evolution of information systems. In Proceedings world multiconference on systemics, cybernetics and informatics (pp. 301-310). Caracas: SCI.
  • Huysman, M.H. & Blonk, H.C. van der (1997). Information systems and uncertainty. In Proceedings international conference on Uncertainty, knowledge and skills. België: IS.
  • Huysman, M.H. & Raesfeld Meijer, A. von (1997). Missing the bus. Technological cooperation in networks. A socio-cognitive perspective. In Proceedings conference on Organizing modes of knowledge. Warwick.
  • Loots, J. & Huysman, M.H. (1997). Exploring the roots of innovations. A social constructivist perspective. In Proceedings conference on Organizing in a multi-voiced world. Leuven: European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management.
  • Huysman, M.H. (1996). Creating the Mobility Pass, a Case of Generative Learning. In J.D. et al Coelho (Ed.), Proceedings European Conference on Information Systems, Lisbon (pp. 1143-1152). Lisbon: IS.

Conference Contributions

  • Sergeeva, A., Huysman, M.H., Soekijad, M. & Hooff, B.J. van den (2013). "No user is an island". Onlookers, affordances, and the impact of mobile devices on work practices. In Proceedings of ICIS 2013. Milan, Italy: ICIS.


  • Huysman, M.H. & Wit, D. de (2002). Knowledge sharing in Practice. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academics Publishers.
  • Huysman, M.H. & Wit, D. de (2000). Kennis delen in de praktijk. Assen: Uitgeverij Van Gorcum.

Book Chapters

  • Bahlmann, M.D., Huysman, M.H., Elfring, T. & Groenewegen, P. (2016). Epistemic proximity and knowledge exchange among IT-entrepreneurs. In C. Boari, T. Elfring & X. Molina-Morales (Eds.), Entrepreneurship and Cluster Dynamics (pp. Ch. 8). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
  • Moser, C., Groenewegen, P. & Huysman, M.H. (2013). Extending social network analysis with discourse analysis – Combining relational with interpretive data. In T. Ozyer, J. Rokne, G. Wagner & A. Reuser (Eds.), The influence of Technology on Social Network Analysis and Mining (Lecture Notes in Social Networks, Volume 6) (pp. 547-561). New York: Springer.
  • Amiryany Araghy, N., Cloodt, M., Man, A.P. de & Huysman, M.H. (2011). Acquisition based dynamic reconfiguration capabilities. In K. McCarthy, M. Fiolet & W. Dolfsma (Eds.), The Nature of the New Firm: Beyond the Boundaries of Organisations and Institutions. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Erkelens, R., Hooff, B.J. van den, Vlaar, P.W.L. & Huysman, M.H. (2010). Knowledge integration in global R&D networks. In I. Oshri & J. Kotlarsky (Eds.), Global sourcing of information technology and business processes (Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, 55) (pp. 82-102). Berlin: Springer.
  • Feldberg, J.F.M., Eliëns, A.P.W., Land, S.F. van der, Huysman, M.H. & Konijn, E.A. (2009). VU @ Second Life: A report on experiences with the development of a (virtual) community of learners. In N. Panteli (Ed.), Virtual social networks: Mediated, massive and multiplayer sites. London: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Huysman, M.H., Blonk, H.C. van der & Spoor, E.R.K. (2009). Autopoiesis and the evolution of information systems. In R. Magalhaes & R. Sanchez (Eds.), Autopoiesis in organization theory and practice. Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
  • Elkjaer, B. & Huysman, M.H. (2008). Social worlds theory and the power of tension. In D. Barry & H. Hansen (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of new approaches in management and organization (pp. 170-177). London: SAGE Publications Ltd.
  • Hooff, B.J. van den, Agterberg, L.C.M. & Huysman, M.H. (2007). Embeddedness and media use in networks of practice. In C. Steinfield, B.T. Pentland, M. Ackerman & N. Contractor (Eds.), Communities and Technologies (pp. 371-394). Michigan State University: Springer.
  • Leeuw, W. de, Hooff, B.J. van den & Huysman, M.H. (2007). Knowledge management in professional service firms. In G. de Jong (Ed.), Professional Service Firms (Reader). Amsterdam: VU University.
  • Huysman, M.H. (2004). Design Requirements for knowledge-sharing tools: A need for social capital analysis. In M. Huysman & V. Wulf (Eds.), Social Capital and IT (pp. 187-208). Cambridge: MIT Press.
  • Huysman, M.H. (2004). Organizational learning and knowledge Management. In J.H.E. Andriessen & B. Fahlbruch (Eds.), How to manage experience sharing: From Organizational Surprises to Organizational knowledge. Oxford: Elsevier science.
  • Huysman, M.H. (2004). Practices of managing knowledge sharing. In J.H.E. Andriessen & B. Fahlbruch (Eds.), How to manage experience sharing: From Organizational Surprises to Organizational knowledge. Oxford: Elsevier Science.
  • Huysman, M.H. & Wulf, V. (2004). Social Capital and IT, current debate and research. In M. Huysman & V. Wulf (Eds.), Social Capital and IT (pp. 1-17). Cambridge: MIT Press.
  • Huysman, M.H. & Wit, D. de (2003). A Critical evaluation of knowledge management practices. In M. Ackerman, V. Pipek & V. Wulf (Eds.), Sharing Expertise, beyond knowledge management (pp. 27-56). Cambridge MA: MIT Press.
  • Huysman, M.H. (2003). Communities of Practice, facilitating social learning while frustrating organizational learning. In H. Tsoukas & N. Mylonopoulus (Eds.), Organizations as knowledge systems. Houndmills UK: Palgrave.
  • Huysman, M.H. (2002). A critical evaluation of the practice of knowledge management. In S. Ackermann, V. Wulf & V. Pipek (Eds.), Sharing expertise: beyond knowledge management (pp. 123-155). Cambridge MA: MIT Press.
  • Huysman, M.H., Hakansson, H. & Raesfeld Meijer, A. von (2001). Inter-Organizational Interaction and Organizational Teaching. In H. Hakansson & J. Johanson (Eds.), Business Network learning. Oxford: Elsevier Science Publications.
  • Huysman, M.H. (1998). Balancing Biases, A Critical Review of the Literature on Organizational Learning. In M Easterby-Smith, M. Burgoyne & L. Araujo (Eds.), Learning Around Organizations: Developments of Theory and Practice. London: Sage Publications.
  • Huysman, M.H. (1998). Hoe bedrijven leren, naar een meer realistische benadering van Organizational Learning. In B. van der Zee & H. van der Zee (Eds.), Competentie en arbeidsmarkt. Dordrecht: Kluwer.
  • Huysman, M.H. & Gerrits, J.W.M. (1998). The dynamic of Internet supported project-based learning: a case study. In S. Banks, C. Craebner & D. McConnell (Eds.), Networked Lifelong Learning Innovative Approaches to Education and Training Through the Internet (pp. 22). Sheffield, UK: University of Sheffield.