I’m currently an associate professor of Organization Studies at Izmir University of Economics.
After a training in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (BSc, MSc, 1986-1994), Physics (1986-1989),
and Developmental Economics (1995-1996), I have practiced software development and management at
private companies in Turkey and US (1994-2001). Soon after joining the Computer Science department at
Istanbul Bilgi University in 2002 as a lecturer, I have started my PhD studies at the
Social Sciences Institute’s Organization Studies programme in 2004, which I have finished in 2009.
Since then I have been teaching across undergraduate and graduate programs in business, informatics, and computing.
In recent years my main research focus has been on the social and organizational aspects of innovation
in general, and software industry cases in particular. Based on structural features of organizing and knowledge
exchange, my studies are concerned with nature and efficiency of collaboration in innovation, knowledge creation,
and transfer across individuals and firms; with cases in software development and similar practices in virtual communities.
My research approach reflect the inter-disciplinary character of my background: in computing and computational methods,
and in organization studies. With this dual background, my research involves application of computational methods
to empirical studies regarding collective production and innovation ecosystems, how do such systems sustain, and
how people and organizations manage to collaborate and gain advantage in such systems, or why they fail.
Subject of these work includes structural features of organizing and knowledge exchange, nature and efficiency of
collaboration in knowledge creation and transfer across individuals and firms, and evolution of community features
and dynamics over time.
2004-2009 PhD, Business Administration/Organization Studies, 2004-2009, Istanbul Bilgi University,
Istanbul, Turkey Thesis title: “A Multi-Level Analysis of
Inter-Organizational Problem Solving Performance: A Case Study on
Open Source Software Innovation Communities”. Advisor: Prof.Dr.
1995-1996 MsC Programme, Developmental Economics, Marmara University, Istanbul,Turkey
1992-1994 MsC, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Eastern Mediterranean University, Magusa, Cyprus. Thesis title: “Superchannel formation in ISDNs”. Advisor: Prof. Dr. Derviş Deniz
1991-1992 MsC Programme, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
1990-1991 990-1991 MsC Programme, Digital Signal and Image Processing,Tampere Institute of Technology, Tampere, Finland
1986-1990 BsC, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, </b>, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. (GPA:3.65 high honour)