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My research focus is on knowledge-intensive organizing toward social innovation, from a social network perspective. I often (but not exclusively) study this in the context of international cooperation, social and environment development, and humanitarian aid. More specifically, I am interested in understanding how organizations can activate emergent sources of knowledge deriving from informal networks, how heterogeneous stakeholders in informal (often online) networks negotiate their interests, and what this means for organizational structures and strategies. This short clip shows my research portrait.

Theoretically, I am interested in the concept of extending organizations (eg. semi-formal organization), drawing on organization sciences, social network theory and information systems research. I apply both qualitative (interpretive) and quantitative methods (social and semantic network analysis) in my research.

I have received several research grants including two as co-applicant from the Dutch National Science Fund (NWO). My work has been published in among others Long Range Planning, Journal of Information Technology, Information Systems Journal, Big Data and Society, World Development, and I have acted as guest/senior editor for Research in the Sociology of Organizations, the Journal of Crisis and Contingency Management, and Academy of Management (OCIS division).

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  • Sociaal kapitaal en sociale netwerken (SKN, 2e jaars BSc B&O/SOC/keuzevak)
  • Bachelors thesis Bestuur & Organisatie
  • Strategie van maatschappelijke organisaties (SMO, MSc BCO/BK)
  • Masters thesis BCO & COM
  • Executive education (VASS): Sociale netwerken, sociale media en samenwerking

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