prof. dr. ir. Hans Berends

  • De Boelelaan 1105, VU Main Building A-wing, 5th floor

    1081 HV Amsterdam


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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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