ABRI Seminar Digital Innovation of Hybrid Artefacts


12:00 - 13:00


Digital Innovation of Hybrid Artefacts

Assistant Professor Phillip Hukal (Copenhagen Business School) and Assistant Professor Julian Lehmann (Kin Center for Digital Innovation)

Amsterdam Business Research Institute

Business and Organisation

Conference / Symposium / Seminar

ABRI would like to invite you to an ABRI lunch seminar given by Assistant Professor Phillip Hukal (Copenhagen Business School) and Assistant Professor Julian Lehmann (Kin Center for Digital Innovation) about “Digital Innovation of Hybrid Artefacts”. You will find more information in the abstract below.
The lunch seminar will take place on Friday, November 22, from 12:00 – 13:00 in room HG-9A33.
Please register for this event latest on Tuesday, November 19 through the registration form.

Many digital innovations revolve around artefacts that combine digital and physical components. Despite this, research on digital innovation analytically separates software from hardware, and treats hardware as a vessel for software-based innovations. This risks misrepresenting the many innovations that are digitally-enabled yet incorporate some physical component. In this paper, we report a longitudinal, in-depth case study of digital innovations at Ultimaker – a producer of 3D printing systems. We offer an account of the digital innovation process of artefacts that are hybrid by default; their creation and function is the result of inexorably-linked interaction between physical and digital components. We contribute to the digital innovation literature by describing the process of generating hybrid artefacts in terms of location, sequence, and frequency of changes and characterized by (1) interdependence, (2) intersectionality, and (3) reverse causation. We discuss the implications of our findings for digital innovation processes of a range of hybrid artefacts in order to inform future research.

Philipp Hukal
Julian Lehmann
Sanja Tumbas
Jan Recker


  • Philipp Hukal is an assistant professor at Copenhagen Business School. His research interests include digitally enabled innovation within and across organizations, covering topics such as digital platforms, open source software development, and digital ventures. He holds a Ph.D. in information systems and management from Warwick Business School.
  • Julian Lehmann will join VU’s KIN Center for Digital Innovation as assistant Professor in March 2020. His research focuses on digital innovation in incumbent and entrepreneurial organizations and covers topics such as FinTech innovations, hardware startups, and digital ventures in general. He obtains a PhD in Information Systems from the University of Cologne.