Project team

The FINDER program is ran as a collaboration between Radboud University and Atos.

PhD fellows:

Mr Jonas Röttger gained first professional experience as a usability engineer in medical engineering designing and testing user interfaces for intensive care units. After graduating, he completed a business and IT traineeship at equensWorldline where he worked in risk management and security for financial services. Having an academic background in psychology with a BSc in Business Psychology from the Leuphana University of Lüneburg and a MSc in Human Factors from the Berlin Institute of Technology, his research interests focus on cognitive aspects of decision-making. He joined the FINDER project as a PhD fellow investigating decision-making in mergers and acquisitions from the acquirer’s perspective.

Mr S. James Ellis completed his Master’s degree in Globalization & Development Studies at Maastricht University, where his research investigated the use of commercial drones among South African farmers and focused on the importance of good technological governance. Prior to that, he worked for six years as a broadcast journalist in the United States Air Force, through which he gained dynamic experience in leadership, management, strategic planning, and journalistic research. Furthermore, his rise through military ranks and recognition for his work afforded him the opportunity to attend formal leadership, management, and entrepreneurship courses and to apply the concepts learned therein to a wide range of settings. Currently, he is pursuing an academic career in order to leverage his experience and lessons learned from around the world into current, ongoing management research in hopes of applying unique arguments to the process of research, publication, and theory-building.

Ms Ami Xiaolei Wang is a PhD fellow in FINDER stream with a focus on effective strategies for enhanced social payoff under digital transformation. With this research stream, Ami Xiaolei hopes to add to the empirical understanding of how to design and implement new financial technologies from a sustainability perspective, while bringing massive benefits to the whole society in general. Ami Xiaolei’s research interest lies at the intersection of technological innovation and strategy, especially in the context of social benefits through Financial technology (‘fintech’). Ami Xiaolei will delve into the integrative approach to FinTech sustainable innovation strategies and study how to develop sustainable strategies in keeping with organisations could benefit society, during and after a digital transformation. She draws methods from statistical machine learning, applied econometrics, data science, and social network analysis in her research. Ami Xiaolei’s education includes a Master of Science degree in Economics from the Texas A&M University as well as a Master degree in Finance from the Smith School of Business of Queen’s University. Prior to her study in the United States, she worked as a senior financial analyst for a leading biological company in China where she developed a strong interest in financial technology for future sustainable development.

The core project team comprises of:

Dr Rick Aalbers is an Associate Professor in Strategy and Innovation at the department of Business Administration of the Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He has been a visiting scholar at Imperial College London and National University of Ireland at Galway and The Tokyo Institute of Technology. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a Manager at Deloitte Consulting where he advised on strategic change in the financial services industry. A native of The Netherlands, he holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Rotterdam School of Management, a second Masters degree in Business Economics (cum laude) from Erasmus University’s School of Economics and a PhD in Business and Economics from Groningen University. His work has been accepted for publication by leading international journals, including Research Policy, Journal of Product Innovation Management, MIT Sloan Management Review, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, Journal of Business Strategy, Management Decision, Innovation, Ivey Business Journal and British Journal of Management, among others. A monograph on Innovation networks appeared with Routledge in 2015.

Remco Neuteboom is the Senior Vice President, Chief Digital Officer, Global Financial Services at Atos. Alongside his team of industry directors, Remco works on major digital transformation projects in Financial Services. Remco’s particular areas of focus include Customer Experience, Operational Transformation, Trust & Compliance and Business Reinvention — ranging from developing new data-driven business models through to Cloud strategy. He is also responsible for the Atos Group FinTech strategy and go-to-market approach to working with innovative start-up companies, including the Atos Global Fintech Program.

Dr Saeed Khanagha is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at VU University, Amsterdam. He is a former ITN ESR, and has received his PhD from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has been collaborating in a number of research projects with several multi-national companies, including Ericsson, Intel and Phillips. His research is focused on organisational capabilities for managing emerging technologies and new business models for the digital age. His research has been published in outlets such as Journal of Management Studies, Long Range Planning and R&D Management. He currently serves as organizer and guest editor of a Long Range Planning special issue entitled Strategizing in a digital era. He has co-organized several events, including two extensions to SMS annual conferences in Stockholm (2015) and Amsterdam (2018) and three panel sessions that bring practitioners and scholars together in interactive settings.

Pedro Soria-Rodriguez is the Head of Financial Services in Atos Iberia and Atos Research & Innovation and the blockchain technologies point of contact as well as a member of the Atos Scientific Community. He oversees research in multiple technologies to deliver innovative solutions to Atos customers in banking, finance and insurance sectors. He obtained B.S. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, researching in the fields of cryptography and data security. He has over 15 years of experience in technology application to business cases. Furthermore, he has experience in FP7 and H2020 projects, both as participant and coordinator.

Himanshu Vyas is the Chief Strategy Officer – Head of M&A and Strategic Partnerships, Global Financial Services at Atos. Himanshu’s current focus is to develop and execute the Atos M&A and strategic partnership-based growth strategy for the Global Financial Services Market. Around 20 years ago, he started his career as a coder for mission-critical real-time systems. Over the years he has worked in India, Canada, the USA and Sweden. Nowadays he works in the United Kingdom with a variety of international responsibilities across business development, sales and operations. Himanshu joined Atos in 2016 in his current role. He holds bachelors degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT-BHU (Class of 1998), Management Education in Marketing, Finance and Organizational Leadership from the Indian School of Business (Class of 2003) and Harvard Business School (Class of 2015).

Dr Miriam Wilhelm is an associate professor at the University of Groningen She studied business adminstration in Ingolstadt, Tokyo and Berlin. Miriam obtained her PhD at the Institute of Management of the Free University of Berlin. Her current research focuses on sustainability issues in global supply chains. She is interested in supply chain governance and multi-stakeholder initiatives. She has researched this topic in a number of empircal projects in the global garment, consumer electronics and fisheries industries. Miriam has been a visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo, the Social Science Center Berlin, Meiji University Tokyo and the University of Melbourne. She has also gained working experience outside academia which allowed her to build up in-depth expertise on the automotive industry where she continues to engage in teaching programs for practitioners.

Ir. Jo Sevarts is the Senior Vice President for Business Development and for the Insurance Industry, both positions on group level at Atos. He has lead multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural teams in the ICT industry for more than 25 years and has deep knowledge and expertise of Banking, Insurance and Pensions.
Jo understands the drive for digital transformation and supports clients in their digital journeys. He has strong capabilities in people management and is always focused on developing long-term relationships with clients and partners. Jo obtained a Master of Science degree in Information Technology from Eindhoven University of Technology and a postgraduate degree in Leadership from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Dan Cohen spent over 30 years leading multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural teams in global firms addressing the areas of Financial Services, Public Sector and Scientific & Technical Computing. He worked at Atos as the Group Senior Vice President – Global Financial Services, where his main focus was leading the continual transformation of Atos’ full product and service portfolio, with an emphasis on industry orientation and relationship management within Financial Services. Overtime, he has amassed a wide range of skills relating to people management and cultural change through internal and external relationships following direct and general management roles. In his 30 years with IBM he also spent time on five international assignments that took him to Europe, Asia Pacific and South America. Dan’s pro-bono work has spanned many different organizations across the globe, including board level involvement at The International School of Beijing, The Princes Trust – Edinburgh, and Chemocare – New Jersey. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Emory University.

Prof. Dr Koen Heimeriks is a Professor of Strategy at Warwick Business School. Previously he lead a faculties at Copenhagen Business School, Rotterdam School of Management as well as Tilburg University and he has also been visiting at Aalto, Carnegie Mellon University and INSEAD. He earned his PhD at Eindhoven University of Technology. Koen’s research focuses on how companies develop corporate development (i.e., alliance, acquisition and divestiture) capabilities to realize corporate growth in high-tech settings. His work features in numerous top journals, including Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Strategic Organization. Besides his research, he trains, consults for, and works with executives at publicly listed and large private firms operating in volatile settings, e.g., high-tech and chemical industries with a focus on corporate development and entrepreneurship, strategy, organizational change and growth strategies. Both his research and teaching won him prestigious international prizes.

Prof. Dr Hans van Kranenburg is a full Professor of Corporate Strategy at Radboud University Nijmegen. Professor Van Kranenburg is Head of the Strategy Group at the Department of Business Administration. He has previously been a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford, Media Management and Transformation Centre at the Jönköping International Business School (Sweden), the University of Navarra (Spain) and the University of Chicago (USA). He was Head of Business Administration and Director of the Research Programme Responsible Organisation at the Nijmegen School of Management. He has published on various subjects, including the strategic behaviour of organisations, industry dynamics, alliances and networks, foreign direct investments and non-market strategies.

Dr. Koen van den Oever is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Nijmegen School of Management (PhD from Tilburg University). His research is published in the Strategic Management Journal and is centered around three main topics: strategic decision-making, board of director composition, and interorganizational relationships (IORs). In short, he uses a behavioral lens to study when organizations engage in IORs, the influence of board of director composition on the strategic decision-making process, and how different forms of decision-making affect organization’s behavior (in IORs). His dissertation on strategic decision-making for organizational change was finalist for the best dissertation award 2018 by the Strategic Management division of the Academy of Management.

Dr ir Fleur Deken is an Associate Professor Organizing for Innovation Processes at VU University Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics. Her research focuses on collaborative innovation. Currently she is involved in research projects on crossover collaborations between organizations from different sectors and the role of design thinking in digital innovation. Her theoretical interests lie in social practices and process research. She holds a PhD from the Delft University of Technology (cum laude), an MSc (cum laude) in Strategic Product Design (Delft University of Technology), a BSc in Psychology (University of Amsterdam) and Industrial Design Engineering (Delft University of Technology). She has published in Design Studies, Journal of Engineering Design, Research in Engineering Design and in a various conferences such as the Academy of Management Meeting and at the European Group of Organization Studies conference. She teaches courses on technology and innovation, qualitative research methods, and statistics.

Dr Sebastian Schäfer is the Managing Director TechQuartier. Sebastian is a Cambridge-born behavioral economist and innovation enthusiast. As entrepreneur and lecturer, he has been engaged in building a dynamic startup scene in the Metropolitan region for many years. Prior to founding TechQuartier, Sebastian was head of Goethe University’s Business Incubator and research fellow at the Management and Microeconomics department. He lectures at Goethe Business School and is associated with the Center for Leadership and Behavior in Organizations and the Frankfurt Laboratory of Experimental Economics at Goethe University.

Dr Bart Leten, is an associate professor at KU Leuven. His work has featured in various top journals, including Journal of Management studies, Journal of Product Innovation Management and Global Strategy Journal. His work addresses the link between academia and R&D, technology collaboration and technological performance in new technology domains amongst others.

Jean-Francois Zehner is the Head of the Deal Competence Center in Atos Global Financial Services. Jean-Francois shares his passion for operational excellence to nurture sustainable relationships and mutually profitable agreements with key clients. Jean-Francois is a seasoned executive who masters the challenges of accelerated transformation across large complex organizations. Focused on multi-cultural team management, he insists on carefully planned execution to deliver tangible results.

Philipp Tuertscher is an Associate Professor of Technology and Innovation at the KIN Center for Digital Innovation at VU Amsterdam. He has obtained a PhD in Management from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Before joining VU Amsterdam, Philipp worked as an Assistant Professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and as a Visiting Scholar at the Pennsylvania State University. His research explores collaborative innovation in a variety of settings. Besides studying large-scale scientific collaborations at CERN, Philipp has been studying innovation processes in crowdsourcing and collaborative online communities such as Linux, Wikipedia, and Threadless. His work has been presented at international conferences and published in leading journals including Academy of Management Annals, Organization Science, Information Systems Research, and Organization Studies.

Et al. (additional profiles will follow shortly)

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Activities are orchestrated under the Radboud Centre for Organization Restructuring. The Centre for Organization Restructuring studies how corporate restructuring takes place, how firm reshape their business models for the future, how new forms of collaboration replace prior means of operating, and how a company’s performance and innovative capacity are affected, as well the consequences for society at large.