New Ways of Working and Human Capital Development


With the radical change from an industrial to a knowledge society comes the increased significance and autonomy of knowledge workers. Developments in technology and society have given rise to more openness in the processes and practices of these knowledge workers. Working, learning and innovating are less constrained by organizational, geographical and cognitive boundaries. The challenge that organizations increasingly face is to combine this openness with integration across individual knowledge workers, units and areas of expertise, and counter inherent threats of fragmentation. The premise of this project is that the development and utilization of knowledge workers? human capital requires that open working, learning and innovating are mutually reinforcing. This project will generate solid academic insight in how to manage human capital development across boundaries by means of in-depth studies of organizations that are in the process of such organizational changes, have already successfully changed in such directions or offer alternative ?best open practices? for other organizations to learn from.

Data will be collected by combining qualitative and quantitative methods and by tracing developments and effects over time. In the project we work closely together with a consortium of six private and public partners: the Belastingdienst, CERN, Kentalis, Rijksdienst voor Cultureel Erfgoed, Sparked, and VUMC. Next to these co-funding partners, we collaborate with many other organizations interested in the inter-disciplinary topic of New Ways of Working. This collaboration will ensure impact and dissemination of the project?s outcomes through dialogue, workshops, the development of a self-assessment instrument, and professional publications.



Wetenschappelijk artikel

Publicatie bedoeld voor een breed publiek

  • B. van den Hooff(2016): Guest column: Technologies of the Future?


  • P.R. Tuertscher, J.J. Berends, J.T. Hummel(2015): Dimensions of openness in innovation trajectories: Exploring the connection between openness of system architectures and openness of knowledge flows
  • M.H. Huysman(2015): Panel discussion: Re-imagining the Digital Workplace
  • M.H. Huysman, A. Sergeeva(2015): The Da Vinci robot and changing work practices in operating rooms
  • N.P. Oostervink, M. Agterberg, M.H. Huysman(2015): Affording online identity work: How professionals in a non-profit health-care organisation use enterprise social media for identity work
  • M. Agterberg, M.H. Huysman, J Schlegelmilch(2016): Beyond work-life boundaries: Exploring context collapse among digital nomads.
  • J.T. Hummel, J.J. Berends, P.R. Tuertscher(2016): Processes of decentralized governance in Helix Nebula
  • M.H. Huysman, N.P. Oostervink, P.M. Leonardi(2016): Institutionalization: A process study on validating and recoupling situated practices
  • J.J. Berends, F. Deken, J.T. Hummel(2016): The development of platform strategies for coopetition in home automation
  • N.P Oostervink, M.H. Huysman, P.M. Leonardi(2016): Putting it to the test: Emergent recouping as a process of validation
  • M.H. Huysman, S. Faraj, A. Sergeeva(2016): Material enactment of work practices: Zooming in on the practice of surgery with the Da Vinci robot
  • P.R. Tuertscher, J.T. Hummel, J.J. Berends(2016): Processes of polycentric governance in Helix Nebula
  • P.R. Tuertscher, J.T. Hummel, J.J. Berends(2017): Dimensions of open innovation: A systematic review of knowledge flows and of system architectures
  • N.P. Oostervink, B.J. van den Hooff, M.H. Huysman(2017): Taming technology: Domesticating collaborative technologies in practice
  • J.T. Hummel(2017): Keeping goals relevant - A study on the collaboration between Big Science and Big Business.
  • M.H. Huysman, A. Sergeeva, E.P.H. van den Broek(2017): The curious case of transparency how patient portals empower physicians
  • E.I. Lysova, S.N. Khapova, M.H. Huysman, J Schlegelmilch(2018): The new old: Recreating workspace affordances in paradise
  • P.R. Tuertscher, S. Ansari, J.J. Berends, J.T. Hummel(2018): Keeping goals relevant in multi-actor collaborations
  • E.I. Lysova, J. Schlegelmilch, S.N. Khapova, M.H. Huysman(2018): When freedom makes dependent: How digital nomads re-create structures of work and life
  • M.H. Huysman, E.P.H. van den Broek, A. Sergeeva(2018): De illusie van transparantie: Een onderzoek naar het gebruik van eigen medische gegevens onder chirurgische patiënten
  • T Oomens, J. Hummel(2019): Innoveren in complexe samenwerkingsverbanden





Prof. dr. M.H. Huysman

Verbonden aan

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics


E.P.H. van den Broek, J. Hummel MSc BA, J. Schlegelmilch MSc, Dr. A.V. Sergeeva


01/07/2014 tot 16/12/2019