Coen van der Geest

Coen van der Geest Coen (/Koon/) van der Geest

PhD Candidate in Information Systems

KIN Center for Digital Innovation

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


I’m Coen (/Koon/) van der Geest a PhD Candidate at the KIN Center for Digital Innovation at the School of Business and Economics of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. My dissertation focuses on the dynamics within and around digital architectures, specifically on the development and use of application programming interfaces (APIs) for collaborative innovation, and the effects of IT architecture on business/IT alignment and IS complexity. My research interests include the complexities surrounding digital infrastructures, focussing on their use, design and evolution and the organizational implications thereof.

  • Digital Infrastructures
  • IT (Platform) Architectures
  • Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)
  • PhD in Information Systems, 2024 (prospective)

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • MPhil Business in Society, 2021

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • MSc Digital Business and Innovation, 2019

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Published & Work-in-progress

(2023). Architectural Generativity: Leveraging Complementor Contributions to the Platform Architecture. In California Management Review.

Cite Video DOI

(2023). Selective Modularization: Complementors Integrating Optional Platform Features . Working Paper.

(2023). The Dual Face of Platform Interfaces: Between Recombination and Architectural Constraints. Working Paper (R&R).

(2023). Exploring Process-Level Business/IT Alignment: Across Synchronous and Asynchronous Processes. Working Paper.

(2023). Complexity is a Given: Conceptualizing the Management of Information Systems Complexity as a Continuous Redistribution Process. Working Title.


Methods and Techniques Quantitative
Coordinator and lecturer, The aim of the course is to familiarize students with quantitative research and statistical models (e.g., T-tests, ANOVAs, OLS regressions, and PCA). The course walks students through the most important concepts relating to quantitative research, starting with the need for academic research and science, through what a theory entails, to the different statistical models.
Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation
Co-coordinator and lecturer on the topics of Standards and Dominant Designs, and Platforms and Ecosystems. In this course, students learn to understand and apply basic theories behind the processes of technology-based innovation in organizations and their environments, the development of innovation strategies, and the organizational implementation of innovation strategies. Theoretical understanding is applied in an online simulation and real-life cases focusing on managerial dilemmas in the management of technology.
Information Systems in E-Business and Online Commerce
Guest lecturer, on the topic of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and IT Architectures. The lecture focusses on the use of APIs and IT architectures in digital businesses, specifically, how APIs can be leveraged in the creation of new products and services, how APIs are supported by different types of IT architecture, and the emergence of the asynchronous Event-Driven Architecture.
Research Design and Methods Quantitative
Tutorial teacher, in the course we cover the basic research designs and methods for conducting rigorous quantitative research. The objective of the course is to enable students to understand, select, and apply the proper methods for their research questions. At the end of the course, students will have a comprehensive overview of the most used methodologies and will be able to apply them to real-world data using their statistical software of choice.