Alumni

The KIN Alumni all share the common experience of having pursued research with us, and we highly value their contributions. Therefore, we actively maintain our relationship.
Natalja Laurey

I finished my PhD in the field of (creative) work and organizing at the School of Business & Economics, VU University Amsterdam. Among others, I did an extensive field study (2 years ethnography) at service design firm Fjord. Here, I explored the changing work and professional identity of service designers in the context of new collaborations with businesses. Also, I participated in one of Fjord's service design teams as a design consultant and helped to develop and execute research strategies. At the moment I am exploring work opportunities in creative and collaborative environments. My passion is developing human insights that can set the scene for innovation and change in organizations and society. In my work, I conduct first-hand research such as in-depth interviews, immersive observations and participatory fieldwork. Through data analysis and combining anthropological with business theories, I can help organizations to develop a sensibility for local context and culture - both in and beyond the workplace. Creating the input to recognize emerging phenomena, understand societal trends, engage in sensemaking, creating strategies and developing visions. Moreover, I help explain the 'why' and 'what' that drives growth, (digital) innovation and cultural transformation in and beyond organizations. Further, I love building bridges between diverse people, disciplines and fields. During my PhD, I focused on the connections between the creative industry and business and founded KINtalks which unites practitioners and academics around innovation topics. In this regard, I enjoy working in cross-disciplinary, intellectual and creative environments.
Jochem Hummel

Jochem Hummel was born in Amsterdam on September 4, 1990. He holds a Master of Science in Strategic Management from the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (2014, cum laude). In September 2014, he started a PhD at the KIN Center for Digital Innovation (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). In June 2019, he obtained the title of Doctor for his research on collaboration and innovation between heterogeneous actors. Since September 2018, Jochem is working as an Assistant Professor in the Information Systems Management Group at Warwick Business School.
Stella Pachidi

Dr. Stella Pachidi is a Lecturer in Information Systems at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Her research interests lie in the intersection of technology, work and organising. Currently, her research projects include the introduction of algorithmic technologies such as analytics and artificial intelligence in organisations; managing challenges in the workplace with digitisation; and practices of knowledge collaboration across boundaries. She holds a PhD in Business Administration from VU University Amsterdam, a MSc in Business Informatics from Utrecht University, and a MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from National Technical University of Athens.
Montserrat Prats Lopez

Dr. Montserrat Prats Lopez is an Assistant Professor of Information Science and Management at the Open University of the Netherlands. Her research interests are knowledge management, organizational learning, innovation and collaboration. She obtained her PhD at the VU University in 2017. Her doctoral research focused on public participation in scholarly research, also known as citizen or crowd science. She conducted a qualitative multiple-case study of projects in the field of humanities and examined how quality was ensured given the knowledge divide between citizens and scholars and the knowledge-intensive nature of the crowdsourced tasks.
Roos Erkelens

Dr. Roos Erkelens works as a Change Management Advisor at Deloitte. She held a PhD position at the faculty of Economics and Business Administration. This position gave her the opportunity to study the subject of managing complex knowledge in geographically dispersed settings. Currently, Roos is interested in the management of dispersed R&D projects, transfer of knowledge across boundaries, micro-level research to managing knowledge and innovation, and the influence of social identity in groups on knowledge sharing and creation.
Sarah van der Land

Dr. Sarah van der Land works for the NPO (Dutch public broadcasting service) as a Digital Innovation Advisor where she researches the potential of new technologies for broadcasting. The red thread in her research is always the relationship between humans and technology, as she believes human behavior is key. Currently she and her team are working on projects integrating artificial intelligence (e.g. smart speakers, image recognition) to enhance user experience.
Nima Amiryany

Nima Amiryany is a consultant at IBM Global Business Services in Amsterdam. He conducted this research while a researcher at VU University Amsterdam and a visiting research scientist at the MIT Sloan School’s Center for Information Systems Research.
Christine Moser

Dr. Christine Moser is an Assistant Professor of Organization Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In her research, she focuses on offline and online collaboration and knowledge sharing in social networks. In addition, she is interested in how food (waste) is organized. Her research has been published among others in New Media and Society, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, and Information Systems Journal. She is a guest editor for Organization Studies and has recently co-edited a volume of Research in the Sociology of Organizations.
Julie Ferguson

Dr. Julie Ferguson is an Assistant Professor of Organization Sciences (tenured) at the VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Social Sciences. Her main research interest is knowledge-intensive organizing for social innovation. She is particularly interested in semi-formal organizational forms. In other words, She studies how informal social networks emerge and enable bottom-up forms of collaboration and knowledge sharing, and analyzes what this means for organizational strategy.
Marc Bahlmann

Dr. Marc Bahlmann currently is employed as assistant professor (tenured) at the Management and Organization department of the School of Business and Economics (SBE). He holds a PhD-degree from the Faculty of Social Sciences (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). During his PhD, Marc served as chair of SBE's PhD council. Besides teaching and research, Marc also coordinates the Business Administration bachelor's program.