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Personal information

Mohammad is an associate professor in Knowledge, Information and Networks research group, at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He did first a PhD in Science and Technology Policy from Sharif University of Technology (in collaboration with SPRU), Iran, and a second PhD in management science from ESADE Business School, Barcelona. After doing his B.Sc. in electrical engineering at Sharif University of Technology, Mohammad moved to management domain and got his MBA in 2005 from Sharif University of Technology. In 2006, he received a grant to stay at SPRU (University of Sussex-UK) for working on innovation studies as part of a joint PhD program in Science and Technology Policy. His interest is to understand and help organizations and their associated communities to unlock their historical chains that prevent them from making a better future. Thus, he is researching how organizations unlearn their outmoded experiences, discontinue their obsolete information systems, learn and unlearn from their failures and incidents, and renovate their established business models to be able to tap the opportunities of new technologies such as big-data analytics.  


  • Learning in and by organizations
  • Unlearning irrelevant experiences
  • Learning from failures and incidents
  • Deinstitutionalizing rigid socio-technical systems


  • Knowledge Management (bachelor)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (master and PhD)
  • Digital Innovation (executive)

Ancillary activities

  • Leiden University | Leiden | | 2022-08-06 - present

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Academic qualification


Award Date: 20 Oct 2015


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Learning
  • Organizational learning
  • Unlearning

User created Keywords

  • Organizational learning
  • Unlearning


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