Today, 4 June 2021, IPDMC’s Doctoral workshop started. Jian LIU who became a PhD candidate with myself, Rainer Harms and Liqin Brouwers-Ren, will discuss his research proposal with my peers in this excellent event, and in the conference will present his poster on Entrepreneurial Team Resilience. I am really proud and happy with this development, to have a PhD project up and running on this topic which I started working on in 2017! Contact me if you want to know more about the Innovation Management for Resilience session on 7 June which I had the honor to chair as member of IPDMC’s Scientific Committee.

Resilient Organisations Innovate! NEDS 2020 presentation.

On November 19th, 2020, I presented in an Expert BreakOut session at NEDS 2020: the online NIDV Exhibition Defence & Security. NIDV being the Dutch branch organisation for the defence and security industry. Please find the slides I used via the link above.

Individual Resilience and innovative work behavior in adversity – by Lena Hülscher

Guest blog about individual resilience and innovative work behavior in adversity

How does an adversity impact the level of  individual resilience and innovative work behavior?  This question stands at the center of my master thesis, which I wrote under the guidance and support of Petra de Weerd-Nederhof and Koen Kuijpers. In this guest blog, I would like to present some highlights of the study, also adding to and addressing research mentioned in previous blog articles – for example individual resilience and innovative work behavior after personal trauma or organizational context.

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The setting in a Dutch sheltered workplace that faces a potential dismantling enabled an analysis of pre- and post-adversity data as well as interviews with follow-ups. We found – based on a mixed-methods approach – that individual resilience and innovative work behavior do not change significantly when comparing pre- and post-adversity levels. This holds true for the individual concepts, but also for the relationship between the behaviors. Interestingly, the qualitative component revealed additional underlying factors, which leave room for more interpretation: Especially personality characteristics, the company’s culture and the state of the decision impact the reaction to adversity.

We also found two groups of employees with differing characteristics, which ultimately lead to a different level of resilience as well as innovative work behavior. On the one hand, employees who are very committed to the company have a strong feeling of passion and purpose and are loyal to their employer are reacting more heavily to the adversity. In contrast to that are the employees who are more focused on personal development. Although they are also committed to the purpose of helping people, they are more flexible and see open opportunities and additional ways of development without their current employer.

Our study also highlights the difference of state-like and trait-like resilience in a robustness analysis and emphasizes different types of adversities with a short focus on the impact of the COVID-19 adversity – read my graduation work to get to know more about how the individual behaviors are varying and how the concepts can be differentiated!

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Lena Hülscher defended her MSc thesis in Business Administration on Monday, July 21 and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Twente, Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences..

Where to find me & my resilience & innovation activities in the 2nd half of 2020


After Lena Hülschers’ defence of her graduation work titled ‘A mixed methods approach to individual resilience and innovative work behaviour in adversity’ – she will write a guest blog about it, so stay tuned! – more quiet days lie ahead. Resuming again in August and looking forward to a number of inspiring events in the second half of 2020! See: Where to find me in 2020

Individual Resilience and Innovative Work Behaviour – what about Corona worry? My contribution to the 2020 virtual VCU Innovation Summit based on our research teams’ very preliminary data-analysis.

Veerkracht dreamstime_211942On 17 April 2020 I participated as a panel member in the 2020 Virtual VCU Innovation Summit, hosted by Kenneth Kahn. A “panel” of individuals was organized, with each having 10 minutes to talk about their thoughts on innovation amidst this Pandemic. Ken announced me as “professor of organising innovation and an expert on resilience”. I started by explaining that I would rather call myself an “experience expert” on the topic of resilience, someone who has experienced it, someone with personal and practical knowledge on the issue. Before I proceeded to dive deeper into that, I explained my background picture and the Dutch word for resilience = VEERKRACHT. The first part of the word, VEER actually means both ‘feather’ and ‘(bouncing) spring’; the second part means ‘power’ – beautifully visualised here by an unknown someone from the internet. Having said that, I invited participants to come along on a 10 minute journey of resilience and innovation, ending with something which might mediate the relationship between individual resilience and innovative work behaviour, which we labelled as ‘Corona worry’ or COVID19 worry. Want to hear the actual story? Click on the picture below or here for the YouTube video (which is actually mostly the audio with the Veerkracht picture). For the slides I used, to which I refer in the video, here’s the link to the slideshow: VCU Innovation Summit slides

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I know Ken already for decades, and in fact, when I visited him physically at VCU in March 2018, he offered me the opportunity to give one of the first lunch talks I ever did on the topic of resilience. I felt really honoured to be back at VCU virtually to give back some of the progress and findings since then. Thanks also to the great research team, Isabella Hatak, Marjolein Caniels and Koen Kuijpers, and Irina Nikolova who joined as of the 3rd wave of our panel study. We only just got started, and look forward to more relevant and inspiring results from analysing the 3rd wave.

Some references made in the audio and the slides were already discussed in earlier posts on this blog:

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Where to find me virtually – at the annual VCU Innovation Summit – join us on April 17th!

At the start of 2020 I added a page to this blog on ‘where to find me’ – not realising that only after 3 months I would be posting only virtual online events there – some also unexpected. It so happens that I was invited by VCU’s senior associate dean and professor of Marketing Kenneth Kahn, to be part of their annual VCU Innovation Summit which went digital this year. In my slot, I will be sharing some very new results from the panelstudy I am doing with Marjolein Caniels (OU of The Netherlands), Isabella Hatak (University of StGallen) and Koen Kuijpers (UT) on resilience and innovative work behaviour. In our 3rd wave (March 2020) we included a ‘Corona worry’ question which was developed by Marjolein and her colleague also from OU of The Netherlands Irina Nikolova.

The VCU School of Business invites you to attend this virtual version of their annual VCU Innovation Summit, which will be held next Friday, April 17 from 9a to 11a EDT (15:00 – 17:00 CEST).   The theme will be “Innovation Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic.” We have composed a “panel” of six individuals, each of whom will share 10 minutes of their thoughts on this theme. A Q&A session and discussion will then follow.

Screenshot 2020-04-13 12.23.25This Virtual Innovation Summit will be by Zoom and free of charge to attend.  To receive a Zoom link, please register at:  2020 Virtual VCU Innovation Summit

They also have posted the event on their School of Business website so you can simply give visit this link instead:


3 years of Resilience and Innovation research

Today, it is exactly 3 years ago that I gave my very first presentation about Resilience and Innovation at the Open University in Venlo. Via this link you may find the video of this speech, which was an invited Key Note by Marjolein Caniels. Since then, she and I, and our co-authors Isabella Hatak and Koen Kuijpers have further developed research into the relationship between (individual) resilience and innovation (innovative work behaviour.


We started with a piece on the relationship between Individual Resilience and Innovative Work behaviour after Personal Trauma, and then wrote a piece on how organisational context (strategic focus on exploration / exploitation and leadership style) matters. These were presented at 2018 and 2019 conferences (R&D Management, International Product Development Management and High Tech Small Firms Conference)

Exactly 1 year ago, we started a multi wave panel study among Dutch professionals. Based on two waves (March 2019 – n=302 and September 2019 – n=199)  we developed two new conference contributions, one on the questions how resilient employees can behave resiliently – Climate plays an important role! and one on Individual Resilience, positive emotions and idea generation. And now, it was time for our third wave! We included a question about the Coronavirus as an (health) adversity and n=171  (meaning, that 171 people from the first wave again filled in the survey, including the new question – 145 filled in all three waves!). Next wave is scheduled for September 2020. Let’s hope that we can get good and meaningful insights from these studies, helping to stay innovative and get organisations back on their innovative tracks after the crisis. Or – which is not at all unlikely – would be find that some are more innovative because of the tensions the crises brings? We are very curious to find out! Stay tuned – updates will be posted through this blog!


Resilient organisations innovate – proud to present at the SHELL TC Innovation Centre external speaker series on innovation 3 March 2020!

As previously announced I will be giving a number of company lectures on resilience and innovation; partly also to gather data for our research into individual resilience and innovative work behaviour. On 3 March, the lecture is at Shell Technology Centre in Amsterdam. Read here for more details, should you want to invite me for such a lecture as well. Screenshot 2020-02-29 14.19.57

Recommended read on organizational social capital, resilience and innovation.

A short post this time, just recommending a worthwhile read on organizational social capital, resilience and innovation in the journal of Strategy and Management. The full text can be downloaded here.

The authors state that their results “show that OSC is a mediator between resilience and innovation in the organizational dynamics. This suggests that workers’ resilience need OSC, acting as the mediator, to improve their level of innovation capacity.” They also give the following limitations: “[t]he study gives information at a specific point in time. Follow-up studies are needed to understand the phenomena’s transformation, and no distinction was made between exploratory and exploitative innovation. More empirical studies should be carried out to enhance its understanding.” And just that is what I really like about academia: building on each others’ work and strengthening the field. As we speak, Marjolein Caniels, Isabella Hatak and Koen Kuijpers and me are working on a panel study which includes already two waves, and two more to come – in total spanning almost 2 years-, of data from the same set of respondents, and which also includes exploitation and exploration scales. Let’s see what comes out of the quantitative analyses to contribute to this and other studies findings!

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