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Hans Berends (1972) is Professor of Innovation and Organization at the Knowledge, Information and Innovation Research Group, School of Business and Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is an organization scientist with a background in philosophy and industrial engineering, and received a PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology for a dissertation on knowledge sharing in industrial research. His work has been published in leading journals including Organization Science, Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Human Relations, and Journal of Product Innovation Management.


Hans Berends' current research focuses on the organizing of digital innovation. Many of his studies take process research perspectives, explaining the emergence and development of innovation over time. As innovation crosses the boundaries of organization, several studies are concerned with interorganizational collaboration, as well as new forms of collaboration enabled by digital platforms. Currently he is working on two NWO funded projects: Crossover collaboration for digital innovation (2015-2020) and New ways of working and human capital (2014-2019).


Hans Berends teaches various courses on innovation management at bachelor and master level, including the Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation and the Management of Digital Innovation. Besides, he teaches on research methods, including a course on Process Research Methods for doctoral students and research master students.

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  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Organization Studies
  • Innovation Management
  • Digital Innovation

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Selected Research Output 2002 2018

Generating Novelty Through Interdependent Routines: A Process Model of Routine Work

Deken, F., R. Carlile, P., Berends, J. J. & Lauche, K., 2016, In : Organization Science. 27, 3, p. 659-677

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Learning while (re-)configuring: business model innovation processes in established firms

Berends, J. J., Smits, A., Reymen, I. M. M. J. & Podoynitsyna, K. S., 2016, In : Strategic Organization. 14, 3, p. 181-219

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
learning organization
model learning

Understanding dynamics of strategic decision-making in venture creation: a process study of effectuation and causation

Reymen, I. M. M. J., Andries, P., Berends, J. J., Mauer, R., Stephan, U. & van Burg, J. C., 2015, In : Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. 9, 4, p. 351-379

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Strategic decision making
Venture creation

Product innovation processes in small firms: Combining entrepreneurial effectuation and managerial causation

Berends, J. J., Jelinek, M., Reymen, I. M. M. J. & Stultiens, R. G. L., 2014, In : Journal of Product Innovation Management. 31, 3, p. 616-635

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Product development
Innovation process
Small firms

Activities 2012 2016

  • 15 Lecture / Presentation
  • 3 Editorial work

Processes of polycentric governance in Helix Nebula

Jochem Hummel (Speaker), Berends, J. J. (Speaker), Tuertscher, P. R. (Speaker)
21 Sep 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Processes of polycentric governance in Helix Nebula

J.T. Hummel (Speaker), Berends, J. J. (Speaker), Tuertscher, P. R. (Speaker)
7 Aug 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

The development of platform strategies for coopetition in home automation

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

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


2018 EGOS Max Boisot Award

J.T. Hummel (Recipient), J.J. Berends (Recipient) & P.R. Tuertscher (Recipient), 4 Jul 2018

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

collective behavior

NWO Grant New Ways of Working and Human Capital Development

M.H. Huysman (Recipient), L.C.M. Agterberg (Recipient), B.J. van den Hooff (Recipient), J.J. Berends (Recipient), P.R. Tuertscher (Recipient) & Maarten de Laat (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

human capital
knowledge society