Dr. Julie E. Ferguson

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Assistant Professor


Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays. Mondays from home.


  • Knowledge intensive organizing
  • Social network theory
  • Strategy: Semiformal organizin
  • Online communities and social media
  • Knowledge/powe
  • Social innovation: international cooperation (development and humanitarian aid)


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, 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. I draw on theoretical perspectives including semi-formal organization, social network theory and information systems research, and apply both qualitative (interpretive) and quantitative methods (social and semantic network analysis). 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).


  • Sociaal kapitaal en sociale netwerken (SKN)
  • Strategie van maatschappelijke organisaties (SMO)
  • Masters thesis BCO & COM
  • Bachelors these Bestuur & Organisatie
  • Executive education (VASS): Sociale netwerken, sociale media en samenwerking

Full overview of publications (Source: METIS VU)


Recent key publications (full overview on METIS VU):

  • Groenewegen, P. & Ferguson, J.E. (2016) Social networks in and between organizations. In: Oxford Bibliographies in Management. Ed. Ricky Griffin. New York, Oxford University Press.
  • Van Berkel, F., Ferguson, J.E., & Groenewegen, P. (2016). Speedy delivery or long-term objectives? How time pressure affects coordination between temporary projects and permanent organizations. Published online in advice, Long Range Planning. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lrp.2016.04.001
  • Mulder, F., Ferguson, J.E., Groenewegen, P., Wolbers, J., Boersma, F.K. (2016). Questioning big data: Crowdsourcing crisis data towards an inclusive humanitarian response. Big Data and Society, July-Dec. 2016. pp.1-13. http://bds.sagepub.com/content/3/2/2053951716662054 (open access)
  • Ferguson, J.E., & Soekijad, M. (2015). Multiple interests or unified voice? Online communities as intermediary spaces for development. Journal of Information Technology, Special Issue on "Growth in ICT uptake in developing countries: new users, new uses, new challenges". DOI http://link.springer.com/article/10.1057%2Fjit.2015.25
  • Ferguson, J.E., Soekijad, M., Huysman, M.H., & Vaast, E. 2013. Blogging for ICT4D: Reflecting and engaging with peers to build development discourse. Information Systems Journal 23(2): 307-328. DOI: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/isj.12010/abstract
  • Ferguson, J. E., Huysman, M. H., & Soekijad, M. 2010. Knowledge Management in Practice: Pitfalls and Potentials for Development. World Development 38(12): 1797-1810. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2010.05.004

further information

Personal website: www.julieferguson.nl
Twitter: @juulferg