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Fleur Deken is an Assistant Professor Organizing for Innovation Processes at VU University Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics. Her research focuses on collaborative innovation. Currently she is involved in research projects on crossover collaborations between organizations from different sectors and the role of design thinking in digital innovation. Theoretically, her interests lie in social practices and process research. She holds a PhD from the Delft University of Technology (cum laude), an MSc (cum laude) in Strategic Product Design (Delft University of Technology), a BSc in Psychology (University of Amsterdam) and Industrial Design Engineering (Delft University of Technology). She has published in Design Studies, Journal of Engineering Design, Research in Engineering Design, and in a various conferences such as the Academy of Management Meeting and at the European Group of Organization Studies conference. She teaches courses on technology and innovation, qualitative research methods, and statistics.  


  • Management of Innovation
  • Digital innovation
  • Design thinking
  • Qualitative research
  • Ethnography


  • Technology & Innovation (bachelor level)
  • Technology and Innovation Management (bachelor level elective)
  • Methode & Technieken Atelier (premaster)
  • Research Seminar I and Research Seminar II (master level)

Ancillary activities

  • ResearchDesign | Amsterdam | Adviseur | 2014-06-01 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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Research Output 2012 2019

Complementors as connectors: managing open innovation around digital product platforms

Hilbolling, S., Berends, H., Deken, F. & Tuertscher, P., 23 Apr 2019, In : R&D Management.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Product platform

Composing qualitative process research

Berends, H. & Deken, F., 25 Jan 2019, In : Strategic Organization. p. 1-13 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
research process
Process research
Process theory
Process model

Complementors as Connectors: Managing Open Innovation in Digital Product Platforms

Hilbolling, S., Berends, H., Deken, F. & Tuertscher, P., 19 Apr 2018, In : Academy of Management Global Proceedings.

Research output: Contribution to JournalMeeting AbstractAcademic


Organizing Ecosystems for Digital Innovation

Hilbolling, S., 2018, 166 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Strategizing and the initiation of interorganizational collaboration through prospective resourcing

Deken, F., Berends, H., Gemser, G. & Lauche, K., 1 Oct 2018, In : Academy of Management Journal. 61, 5, p. 1920–1950 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Inter-organizational collaboration

Activities 2014 2019

  • 5 Lecture / Presentation
  • 1 Other

The development of platform strategies for coopetition in home automation

J.J. Berends (Speaker), F. Deken (Speaker), J.T. Hummel (Speaker)
7 Jun 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Should I stay or should I go? Trajectories of engagement of app developers in the Philips Hue platform ecosystem (Open and User Innovation conference, Boston)

S. Hilbolling (Speaker), J.J. Berends (Speaker), F. Deken (Speaker), M.H. Huysman (Speaker), P.R. Tuertscher (Speaker)
1 Aug 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Beyond synchronicity: The temporality of coupling and decoupling in innovation processes (31st European Group of Organizational Studies Colloquium, Athens)

S. Hilbolling (Speaker), J.J. Berends (Speaker), F. Deken (Speaker), M.H. Huysman (Speaker), P.R. Tuertscher (Speaker)
2 Jul 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Time in organization studies: A review of research methods (30th European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium, Rotterdam)

S. Hilbolling (Speaker), J.J. Berends (Speaker), F. Deken (Speaker), M.H. Huysman (Speaker), P.R. Tuertscher (Speaker)
3 Jul 2014

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic