Ellen Nathues, MSc.

PhD student

Cubicus B206 

+31 53 489 1504

Research interests

When looking at organizations, I am increasingly interested in what happens in between members, or the ‘people processes’ that often make (or sometimes break) organizations. I am interested in the activities, behaviors, and processes happening at this micro level of organizations, as well as the forces, mechanism, and agencies shaping them. Taking a constitutive approach, I try to understand how these micro-level and interactional happenings then contribute to the functioning of organizations at their macro-levels, e.g., to their boundaries and structures, processes and routines, or innovativeness and knowledge.

PhD Project

In my PhD project I am looking into how professionals from diverse organizations and backgrounds come together to collaborate, share knowledge, and collectively build new knowledge. Doing so, I conceive of knowledge as actualized in contexts, and, for example, investigate situational triggers for knowledge-sharing and -creation as well as the specific activities team members engage in. Further, I plan to investigate the effects and affordances of technological tools in enabling collaboration and knowledging, with specific focus on how such artefacts enable the distanciation of knowledge from contexts. Beyond the team boundaries, I will also look into the contexts of team members’ own organizations, and precisely into how new knowledge is brought back and actualized here.

Educational & Professional Background

  • 2018 – present
    PhD candidate, University of Twente, Enschede
    (promoter: Prof. dr. de Jong, daily supervisor: Dr. Hubers)

  • 2016 – 2018
    MSc Communication Science: Corporate Communication, University of Twente, Enschede

  • 2015 – 2017
    Marketing Manager, SGK

  • 2011 – 2015
    BBA International Business and Management Studies, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Enschede