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2017-2018  Academic Seminars

February 19 Tolga Demir, Stockholm University of Economics
Utilizing Management Technology Advantages in Cross-Border Acquisitions
February 15 Yeliz Cantimur, Işık University
A contingency model of the dominance route to influence in work teams: The moderating role of team competition
December 28 Milad Keshravi, ESSEC Business School
A Policy for Managing Operational Assets to Minimize Deprivation Costs
December 26 Orkun Saka, London School of Economics
Political Lending Cycles and Real Outcomes: Evidence from Turkey
December 21 Görkem Aksaray, Goizueta Business School
Occupational Specialization, Job Mobility, and Transition to Self-Employment
December 21 Özge Tuncel, Singapore University
Minimum Order Quantity Supply Chain Contracts: An Experimental Analysis
December 20 Semih Üslü, Carey Business School, John Hopkins University
Pricing and Liquidity in Decentralized Asset Markets
December 20 Naime Usul, Bilkent University
Affect-Based Stock Investment decision: The Role of Affective Self-Affinity
December 14 Kıvılcım Döğerlioğlu Demir, Sabancı University
The 1 in a 1,000,000: Multi-Faceted Incidental Anchoring Effects of Numbers in Marketing Communications
December 6 Olga Bountali, Southern Methodist University
Strategic Customers in Systems with Batch Arrivals: How Much You Can Protect Your Party
November 22 Çelim Yıldızhan, University of Georgia
It’s personal, not strictly business: Manager entrenchment through personal relationships
November 16

Burçin Bozkaya, Sabancı University
Routing Mobile Medical Services using Transactional Data

October 26

Berna Beyhan, Sabancı University
Student and graduate entrepreneurship: ambidextrous universities create more nascent entrepreneurs

October 12 Mahmut Bayazıt, Sabancı University
Performance Consequences of Pay Dispersion: It Depends on Type of Incentive Structure and Workplace Sex Composition
September 22 Mansur Khamitov, Ivey Business School
Fostering and Leveraging Consumer-Brand Relationships: A Psychological Distance Perspective
  2016-2017  Academic Seminars
April 20 Ali Fehmi Ünal, Uludağ University
Antecedents and Outcomes of Group Harmony within Top Management Teams: A Multi-level Model
April 19 Mehmet Genç, Özyeğin University
Foreign Market Entry Timing and Location Choice in a Fragmented Industry: Bandwagon Effects, Mutual Forbearance, and Strategic Groups
March 29 John Goodwin,Sabancı University
Investor reaction to accounting misstatements under IFRS: Australian evidence
March 22 Tevhide Altekin,Sabancı University
A Comparison of Piecewise Linear Programming Formulations for  Stochastic Disassembly Line Balancing
March 15 Alexandre Schwob, Abertay University
A market-mediated culture? Reinvestigating the marketing discipline with Consumer Culture Theory?
March 1 Raha Akhavan,Sabancı University
Data-Driven Decision Making: The Role of OR in Business Analytics
February 25

Business Unit President TR - Coca-Cola Company

February 8 John Goodwin,Sabancı University
The Association between Cost of Debt and Hong Kong Politically Connected Firms
January 21 Işıl Arıdağ, ÜNİTE
The Impact of Communications on Business Success for Your Company and You
December 16 Kerem Can Özkısacık&Okan Çetintürk, Maven Partners
Industrial Applications of Business Analytics
December 7 Ayşe Kocabıyıkoğlu, Sabancı University
Behavioral operations management: A framework for exploring behavioral factors in model-based problem solving and decision making processes
December 6 Nihat Kasap,Sabancı University
Twitter Data Analysis on Social Movements
December 2 Ahmet Melih Selçuk, Hürriyet Medya 
Audience Targeting and Customer Analytics in Digital Publishing
November 29 Mehtap Aldoğan Eklund,  Østfold University College
Empirical Study on CEO,Compensation,Risk and Moderating Effect of Corporate Governance: Evidence From Listed Companies in Switzerland
Novermber 22  Mert Terzioğlu, Simon & Kucher Partners
Why Pricing is so important? Experiences and lesson learned
November 4 Aşkın Dolaştır, TEB
Banking Needs that Shape the Trends in Business Analytics
October 21 Attila Bayrak, Akbank
Analytics for CRM in the Banking Sector
October 14 Mohsen Bahrami, Sabancı University
Invoice Payment Prediction Using Behavioral Analytics
October 7 Tevhide Altekin, Sabancı University
Big Data through an Operations Management Lens

2015-2016 Academic Seminars

May 18 Aysun Alp,Sabancı University
The Real Eff ects of Tightening Credit Ratings Standards
April 27 Orkun Saka,London Business School
Domestic banks as lightning rods? Home bias during Eurozone crisis
April 27 Meltem Denizel,Özyeğin University (IE-OPIM Joint Seminar)
Lot Sizing for Spare Parts and Refurbished Cores in a Remanufacturing Environment
March 30 Haluk Ferden Gürsel,Webster University
Fraud and Corruption Threats to Contemporary Corporate Executive
March 23 Ufuk Coşkun,University of Arizona
Normalizing Networking: Blurring Social Good with Personal Profit in Neoliberal Times

February 24

John Goodwin,Sabancı University
Stock market reaction to accounting misstatements: Australian evidence

January 28

Ronan Jouan de Kervenoael,Sabancı University
Understanding Authenticity Construction in a Digital Era: Brands User Generated Content and Digital Advertising Practices

January 11

Yasemin Kisbu Sakarya ,Koç University
Estimating causal effects in testing causal mechanisms

December 9

Aysun Alp,Sabancı University
Time-Series Shifts in the Use of Bond Covenants

November 12

Kıvılcım Döğerlioğlu Demir, Sabancı University
A context-dependent view of anchoring: The Effect of Consumer​ ​Adaptation of Incidental Environmental Anchors on Willingness to Pay

November 11

Ayşe Kocabıyıkoğlu,Bilkent University
Newsvendor Decisions: The Value of Information

November 4

Oğuzhan Aygören
Why Do We Vote the Way We Do: Toward A Theory of Voting Behavio

September 16

İhsan Ercan Sadi,NYU
Governments, Banks, and Public Debt: Turkish Political Stability in the Era of Global Capitalism

2014-2015 Academic Seminars

June 24

Melis Almula Karadayı, Yeditepe University
Imprecise DEA Framework for Evaluating the Efficiency of State Hospitals in Istanbul

June 19

Rik Pieters,Tilburg University
Time to Cut Through: Duration – Frequency Effects of Advertising

June 11

Remzi Gözübüyük,Ozyegin University
When does centrality hurt performance? The role of institutions in creating and regulating social networks

June 10

Aslı Çolpan,Kyoto University
The evolution and resilience of business groups in economic development

June 4

B​erna Beyhan Bozkırlıoğlu​ , ​Bahçeşehir University
Motivations of academics to interact with industry: the case of nanoscience

May 20

Koray Şimşek,Sabancı University
Optimal Procurement with Take-or-Pay Contracts in the Presence of Storage 

May 8

Sebahattin Demirkan,University of Maryland-College Park
Audit Pricing for Strategic Alliances: An Incomplete Contract Perspective

April 15

John Goodwin,Sabancı University
What is the relationship between audit partner busyness and audit quality?

March 25

Prabirendra Chatterjee,Sabancı University
Transparent or disguised: The impact of sponsored content advertising on two-sided media platforms

March 25

Leslie Hallam,Lancaster University
Advertising: The Dark Art”

March 10

Arzu Wasti,Sabancı University
Trust across Cultures: Implications of Dignity, Face and Honor Logics

March 4

Dilek Çetindamar,Sabancı University
Venture Capital Firms as Impact Investors: Hybridization?

February 25

Burcu Taşoluk,Sabancı University
Why CSR Creates Favorable Brand Attitudes: A Multi-Country Study of Individual, Category and Societal Moderators

February 18

Cenk Koçaş,Sabancı University
Pricing the Fat Head, the Chunky Middle, and the Long Tail

January 28

Mahmut Bayazıt , Sabancı University
Delivering Bad News to Followers: Gender and the Impact of Cognitive Reappraisal vs. Suppression Requests on Followers’ Emotion Regulation and Leader-Follower Relations

January 21

Tauhid Zaman,MIT Sloan School of Management (OPIM Seminar)
Optimizing the Timing of Content in Online Social Networks

January 15

Daniel Friel, Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires
Value Chain Driven Innovation as a Means for Filling Institutional Voids: The Case of IMPSA in Brazil

December 26

Ersin Korpeoğlu,Carnegie Mellon University (IE-OPIM Joint Seminar)
Innovation Contests with Multiple Contributors

December 25

Işın Güler, Sabancı University
Fail Often, Fail Big, and Fail Fast? Learning from Small Failures and R&D Performance in the Pharmaceutical Industry

December 9

Rik Pieters , Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TISEM) of Tilburg University
Mediation Analysis is a Mess

November 14

Gönül Çolak, Xiamen University
Political Uncertainty and Leverage Adjustments: An International Perspective

November 4

Özcan Sarıtaş,University of Manchester
Research and Innovation Futures (RIF) 2030: Exploring new ways of organising research and innovation

October 15

Sharif H. Melouk,The University of Alabama   (IE-OPIM Joint Seminar)
Scheduling in Healthcare

October 14

Nihat Aktaş,WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management  (Finance Seminar)
Do Credit Rating Agencies Affect The Acquisition Process?

Click here for old Academic Seminars

Speaker Position Topic Date
Tim Bright Partner / OneWorld Consulting  Different Ways of Thinking, Coaching & Mentoring 03.03.2018
Özgür Demirtaş Chair Professor and Founding Chairman at Center of Excellence in Finance, Sabanci University Ekonomi, Finans, Teknoloji, Gelecek ve Siz 24.02.2018
Cenk Göksan Former Senior Vice President Investor Relations & Sustainability of Akbank How to Read Economy News? 16.12.2017
Cüneyt Yavuz CEO,Mavi Jeans Journey to a global brand: Mavi's Story 11.11.2017
Mustafa Ayhan IoT & Industry 4.0 Coordinator - Bosch Shaping Future Whit Industry 4.0 03.06.2017
Akın Öngör Former Ceo of Garanti Bank Keep Going When I am Gone 01.04.2017
Galya Frayman Molinas Business Unit President Turkey Coca Cola company   25.02.2017
Işıl Karadağ  Co-Founder and CEO Ünite İletişim The Impact of Communications on Business Success for Your Company and You 21.01.2017
Mert Terzioğlu Managing Director Simon-Kucher & Partners Why Pricing is so important? Experiences and lesson learned. 26.11.2016
Ahmet Esen Former President of Pfizer-China Doing Business in China 05.11.2016
Selahattin Hakman Former President of Sabancı Energy Group Leading the Energy Transition 25.06.2016
Hilmi Güvenal Türkasset Varlık Yönetim A.Ş. ,CEO How to Manage Bank Loans and Non Performing Loans  and Crisis Management Business Life 04.06.2016
Akın Öngör Former Ceo of Garanti Bank Benden sonra devam 12.03.2016
Ebru Koksal Galatasaray SC,General Assembly Member Leadership Lessons from the World of Football 13.02.2016
Meltem Müftüler Baç Sabanci University,Jean Monnet Chair The Revitalization of  Turkey's relations with the European Union:Old wine in New Bottles? 09.01.2016
Şükrü Ünlütürk Suntextile,Owner Entrepreneurship 12.12.2015
Hakan Ateş Denizbank,CEO Strategic Continuity 07.11.2015
Göktuğ Gür Philips Türkiye,CEO Leadership Competencies 18.04.2015
Akın Öngör Former Ceo of Garanti Bank Benden sonra devam 04.04.2015
Pınar Kalay Vodafone Türkiye İnsan Kaynaklarından Sorumlu İcra Kurulu Başkan Yardımcı En iyiler neden Vodafone'u tercih eder? 21.03.2015
Hüseyin Arslan Arbel A.Ş,CEO Google'da bulamayacaklarınız 17.01.2015
Neriman Ülsever Sabancı Holding IK Grup Başkanı Reflections 06.12.2014
Şevkinaz Alemdar Erdemir Grup Satınalma Koordinatörü   29.11.2014
Steven Young Bosch Türkiye,CEO Değişen Global Trendler Bosch'un "Yaşam için Teknoloji" vizyonu 22.11.2014
Temel Aksoy Fikirhane,Danışman   18.10.2014
Burak Ertaş, CEO 'un başarı hikayesi 20.09.2014
Abdullah Orkun Kaya TTNET Genel Müdürü Telekomünikasyon sektöründe rekabet ve strateji 31.05.2014
Ömer&Haldun Dormen Tiyatrocu ve Yönetmen  Hayata Dair 17.05.2014
Akın Öngör Former Ceo of Garanti Bank Benden sonra devam 05.04.2014
Bekir Ağırdır KONDA Araştırma ve Danışmanlık Genel Müdürü Toplumsal dip dalgalar:Geleceğe gündelik hayattan,toplumsal ce kültürel dinamiklerden bakmak 29.03.2014
Nezih Barut Abdi İbrahim İlaç A.Ş Yönetim Kurulu Başkanı Bir Başarı hikayesi 22.03.2014
Roueida Hobeika MATIN Doğuş Retail Group Ceo Retail is detail 15.03.2014
Hakan Bayman Brisa İcra Kurulu Başkanı Müşteri odaklı inovasyon 08.03.2014
Can Akkan Sabancı Üniversitesi Öğretim Üyesi Analitik Yöneticilik:Risk modellemesi neden ve nasıl 08.02.2014
Emin Hitay Hitay Yatırım Holding Yönetim Kurulu Başkanı Herkes girişimci olabilir mi, olsa da yapabilir mi? 01.02.2014
Çağatay Özdoğru Ceo of Esas Holding Profesyonel Yaşam ve Girişimcilik 11.12.2012
Beth Comstock Chief Marketing Officer of GE Innovation and Collaboration 23.02.2012
Muhtar Kent  Ceo of Coca-Cola Company Küreselleşme ve özel sektör,özel sektörün değişen rolü,rekabetin yeni kuralları,küreselleşme trendlerinin
gençlerin gelecek planlarına etkisi nasıl olmalı?   
Faik Açıkalın General Manager of Yapı Kredi Bank Leadership 28.04.2011
Dr.Josef Ackermann Ceo of Deutsche Bank The Global Financial System After The Crisis  11.04.2011
George Spanoudis CEO of Shell & Turcas Shell & Turcas Joint Venture Story 02.03.2010
Huseyin Gelis President & CEO of Siemens Turkey The Golden Rules for working in multinational Companies 22.02.2010
Ian Davis McKinsey & Company Leadership in Business 17.02.2010
Ahmet Esen Country Manager, Pfizer China Come and get inspired by the tips and experiences of successful leaders 14.12.2009


► Sabancı School of Management Graduate Alumni Gathered in Sakıp Sabancı Museum

Sabancı School of Management Graduate Alumni Gathering was held on 23 November, Thursday in Sakıp Sabancı Museum. We welcomed Mrs. Canan Özsoy, CEO of General Electric Turkey, as our guest speaker. Mrs.Özsoy shared her insights about innovation, globalization and economic situation of Turkey with our alumni from different sectors of the business world.  



► Annual Workshop on Business Analytics


SOM, has been the owner of first Annual Workshop on Business Analytics.

Sabanci University School of Management organized the first Annual Workshop on Business Analytics. The workshop took place in November 13th, 2017 at Cinema Hall.

The opening speech or workshop was made by Füsun Ülengin, the dean of School of Management. She started her speech by saying that the Business Analytics which includes statistics, mathematics, econometrics, simulations and optimization tools to improve commercial institutions’ decision making, is growing consistently.

Also, Ülengin pointed that the real world problems include Big Data and without it, making analysis would only be mathematical and statistical tools and applications. What is more, Business Analytics is the combination of gathering data and computer power, big data and analytical combination that transforms data into intelligence.

After that, Gül Ege, R&D Senior Director at SAS Institute Inc., gave a speech about the business worthiness of advanced analysis and up-to-date tendencies by giving more than a few examples from sector and claimed that data oriented business decisions are faster so they should be reviewed soon.

In the “Marketing Analytics” part of the workshop, Mustafa Gökçe Baydoğan from Boğaziçi University gave a speech in “The Power of Analytics: Two Application in Apperal Retail”, Barış Depecik from Bilkent University in “Who Benefits from Brand Exits? Why?” and Birol Yüceoğlu in “Using Data Analytics for Customer Churn Prediction”.

After the first session, the first software training by BonAir was conducted.  

The second session, named “New Methods” was started with Cem İyigün’s speech in “Are the Labels Informative Enough? “, Deniz Yenigün from Bilgi University in “Variable Selection in Regression Using Maximal Correlation and Distance Correlation”, Ece Egemen in “Independent gent Segmentation for the Insurance Sector” and Gökhan Göktürk in “Insurance Fraud Detection”.

After lunch, second software training by SAS was held.

Furthermore, the last session named “Healthcare Applications in Analytics” was conducted by the speeches of Kemal Kılıç in “A Decision Support System for Contract Negotiation Processes of the Healthcare Insurance Companies”, Mehmet Gönen in “Identifying Key mRNA-mRNA Regulatory Programs in Cancer Using Bayesian Reduced-Rank Regression” and Enis Kayis from Özyeğin University in “Next-Day Stochastic Operating Room Scheduling with Limited Historical Data”.

As the last part of the workshop, last software training by SAS was conducted.

For the workshop, there was poster competition was organized for graduate students and the winner of the competition was Furkan Gürsoy, from Boğaziçi University Computer Engineering department.


► A Global Look at Family Business

"Family companies need to grow and open to the world if Turkey is to have a say in the global economy"

Sabancı University Founding Board of Trustees Chair Güler Sabancı:

•    Family companies are expected to account for 40% of the world's largest companies by 2025.
•    Family companies need to be long-lived and have a global brand value for consistent economic, social and cultural growth in Turkey.
•    To grow their businesses, the new generation of executives need education as well as a firm grasp on recent developments, have to continuously reinvent themselves in the face of competition, and be open to learning and training.

The Sabancı University School of Management held a conference titled "A Global Look at Family Business" at the Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum the Seed on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Held in association with McKinsey Academy and Columbia Business School, the conference introduced a global perspective on family companies, discussed the experiences of Turkish family companies on the path to incorporation, and explored the expectations of future generations.

Introductory remarks were delivered by Sabancı University Founding Board of Trustees Chair Güler Sabancı and School of Management Dean Füsun Ülengin.

Sabancı University School of Management Dean Füsun Ülengin said that family companies were icebergs that formed the backbone of the economy beneath the surface. Ülengin noted that a particularly important question in the cross-generational sustainability of family companies was making the right choice regarding success criteria. Füsun Ülengin explained that the conference would focus on whether family companies that had a cross-generational track record of success had a long-term sustainable policy for entrepreneurship, and discover what their governance approach was, how their organizational culture that ensures the loyalty of their employees were shaped, and what methods the younger members of the families pursued in order to run the business with as much passion and responsibility as the founding generation.

“Sabancı University starts a groundbreaking university-business partnership platform geared towards family companies that comprise the backbone of the economy"

Sabancı University Founding Board of Trustees Chair Güler Sabancı began by saying that Sabancı University started a groundbreaking university-business partnership platform geared towards family companies that comprise the backbone of the economy.  She added that family companies had a special place not just in the Turkish economy, but in the global economy as a whole. Referring to a study by McKinsey, Güler Sabancı said that family companies were expected to account for 40% of the world's largest companies by 2025. Explaining that almost 95% of all businesses in Turkey were family companies, Güler Sabancı continued, “According to data by the Statistics Institute of Turkey and the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, the average life expectancy of a family company in Turkey is 25 years. Only 30% of these companies survive to the second generation, and 12% to the third. Those which survive to the fourth generation are a meager 3%." Güler Sabancı also said that only 69 companies which were founded before the proclamation of the Republic in 1923 were still in business today.

Sabancı said, "Family companies need to be long-lived and have a global brand value for consistent economic, social and cultural growth in Turkey."

"To grow their businesses, the new generation of executives need a firm grasp on recent developments, have to continuously reinvent themselves in the face of competition, and be open to learning and training"

Saying that the second- and third-generation members of family companies around the world received education in the best schools available, Sabancı remarked that knowledge evolved and developed at the same rate as the advancement of technology.   Sabancı said that to grow their businesses, the new generation of executives needed education as well as a firm grasp on recent developments, had to continuously reinvent themselves in the face of competition, and be open to learning and training.

Güler Sabancı likened successful corporations to successful individuals, continuing, “Successful people have a number of key common points: their perspective on the world; keenness on research; focus on being constructive and solution-oriented; good planning of resources; and being open to new developments and lifelong learning. We see the same attributes in family companies that have a consistently rising graph." She said that, like successful individuals, successful companies also sought advice from experts, did research, consider different opinions, had a solution-oriented and constructive approach, and planned and used their resources effectively.

"Family companies need to grow and open to the world if Turkey is to have a say in the global economy"

Güler Sabancı said that ensuring the viability of family companies from one generation to another was critical in achieving sustainability, and argued that family companies always needed to embrace a development-focused mindset. She added that both current and prospective executives in family companies had a great duty to achieve this.

Güler Sabancı concluded by saying "Turkey needs to have family companies, and family companies need to grow and open to the world from one generation to the next if Turkey is to have a say in the global economy."

Following introductory remarks, the first panel session, titled "The European and Eurasian Perspective," was moderated by Sabancı University School of Management faculty member and Corporate Governance Forum Director Melsa Ararat with panelists Patricia Angus from Columbia Business School and Amadeo Di Lodovico, Senior Partner of McKinsey Dubai.

The second panel, moderated by Bloomberg HT News Coordinator Ali Çağatay, was titled “Family Business in Turkey”. Panelists were Leyla Alaton, Sumer Tömek Bayındır and Tayfun Bayazıt.

The moderator of the final panel on "The Expectations of Future Generations" was Arzu Maliki from Bloomberg HT, and panelists were Murat Özyeğin, Ebru Özdemir and Alp Öğücü.


► Sabancı School of Management Hosted 24th National Congress of Management and Organization in 29-31 May 2016

347 professors and researchers from 99 different institutions participated and 119 studies were presented.

The congress started with workshop for young researchers at 28th of May, in which 6 eminent professors held classes in methodology of researching in business. In addition, Prof. Yılmaz Esmer and Prof. Gürol Irzık gave keynote speeches on the role of social sciences and universities in Turkey and in the World.

As the most recognized one in the field of Management and Organization in Turkey, the congress aims to bring together the social scientists with young researchers in an effort to triumph the organizational studies at both national and international scale. We, as Sabancı School of Management are proud to host such an important event.



► Sabancı University hosts Unilever President Paul Polman

“Today is the best day to start building a better world!”

Bringing the global world of business to its students with more than 700 conferences every year, Sabancı University hosted a lecture by Paul Polman, President and CEO of Unilever, one of the world’s largest fast-moving consumer goods companies.  Paul Polman gave a lecture titled “Creating a Better Future Everyday Made By You.

The lecture was hosted by Sabancı University Board of Trustees Chair Güler Sabancı, President Professor Nihat Berker and School of Management Dean Professor Füsun Ülengin.

In her introductory remarks to almost 1000 university students, Professor Füsun Ülengin said that the growing interest in sustainable growth pleased everyone.  Ülengin noted that sustainability had become a strategic priority for the private sector in recent years, and that Unilever was a global leader in innovation for sustainability.

Füsun Ülengin said that by embracing a similar vision, Sabancı University topped the “University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Index” created by the Turkish Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology for the first time in 2012.  Ülengin noted that Sabancı University specifically invites global leaders on sustainability, informing the audience that Sabancı University is the first university signatory of the UN Global Compact in Turkey, that its MBA and Executive MBA are ranked in FT lists, and that the School of Management is a signatory of Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).  Ülengin also noted that the Corporate Governance Forum under the School of Management implements the Turkish leg of the Carbon Disclosure Project and the Independent Female Directors Project.  Füsun Ülengin concluded her remarks by saying that the objective of Sabancı University was to contribute to the creation of the future and develop leaders for the future.

Taking the floor, Paul Polman said, “Interdependent financial structures, emerging technologies and economic systems make management in a global world more complex.  A fast-changing, irresolute, complex and obscure future awaits us.  It is clear that the balance of the world has been disrupted, and we must all take the responsibility to work towards changing the world.”

Polman stressed the need to transition to a more fair and sustainable mode of capitalism in the light of the consequences of rapid globalization, and said that the secret to successful growth laid therein.

“The social and environmental issues we face are harder than ever.  Population is booming, the climate is changing at an increasing pace, and water resources are dwindling.  While one billion people suffer from hunger, another 1 billion people live in plenty, and over 1 billion children die every year of intestinal diseases” said Polman, and called for the youth to support sustainable life:

“Improving the current situation is our responsibility as today’s leaders, whether in business, government or civil society, and this responsibility will be yours in the future as the next generation of leaders.  Today is the best day to start building a better world.  This is our duty and our responsibility.”

Sustainability is a business model that can both be profitable and have positive impact on nature and humanity
Explaining that Unilever strives to lead global change, Paul Polman continued, “However, this is not something that we can manage alone.  This is why collaboration with NGOs, governments, businesses and universities is of great importance to us.”

Polman said: “At Unilever, our corporate objective is to grow our business by a factor of two while halving our environmental footprint and increasing our positive social impact.  Our Sustainable Life Plan helped us to grow our business by 30% in the past 4 years while reducing energy and water consumption and waste.  Our health and hygiene campaigns touched the lives of a quarter of a billion people.  We now obtain one-third of our raw materials from sustainable sources.  We enabled 450.000 small-scale farmers to receive training in sustainable agriculture.  We have thus proven that sustainability is a winning business model that pays dividends to both the environment and humanity.”



► "Global Leaders in Management" series: The Sabancı University School of Management hosted an event featuring Bangladeshi professor of economics Muhammad Yunus, who won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize with his work on microcredit.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus spoke on the importance of social entrepreneurship

To watch the presentation click here

The Sabancı University School of Management hosted an event featuring Bangladeshi professor of economics Muhammad Yunus, who won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize with his work on microcredit.  Professor Muhammad Yunus gave a lecture titled “Economic Fluctuations and the Importance of Social Entrepreneurship” at the  Sabancı University campus in Tuzla on Thursday, December 15.  Professor Yunus was received by Sabancı University Board of Trustees Chair Güler Sabancı.

Following an opening speech by the Sabancı University School of Management Dean Professor Nakiye Boyacıgiller, Professor Muhammad Yunus gave details of the microcredit system established in Bangladesh.  Yunus explained that he personally extended financial guarantee to the people of the town close to his campus in Bangladesh, which helped individuals in financial difficulty to become a part of the banking system.  Yunus said that the system was being utilized in 80,000 villages in Bangladesh and an aggregate of 1.5 billion dollars of credit has been allocated so far, with a successful repayment rate of 99.3%.  Muhammad Yunus added that a similar system was being implemented in Turkey.

Muhammad Yunus said that, in contrast to philanthropy,  money spent in social enterprises brought increasing returns, and added, “Initiatives with a public benefit are considered social enterprises.  These may be done by individuals or partnerships.  Social entrepreneurship can create a new business that earns profit while also helping the people.”

Muhammad Yunus concluded by saying, “The young population today is luckier because they have access to advanced technologies.  They can create opportunities that will engage their potential.  They can access all the information they need.  This empowers them in a way that previous generations did not have.”

Güler Sabancı thanked Muhammad Yunus for his speech, and said, “At Sabancı University, we encourage our students towards social entrepreneurship, and we value such efforts greatly.”  Güler Sabancı presented Muhammad Yunus with a commemorative brick of Sabancı University.

► Sabancı University Introduced Turkey's "Hidden Champions" in Viyana

Sabancı University School of Management Faculty Member and Entrepreneur Development Program Director Dilek Çetindamar took part in the Conference on Hidden Champions held in Vienna during the Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Çetindamar’s paper shared the results of a study on three companies in Turkey that are not very well known to the public, but are the top three in their sectors on an international level.  Representing Turkey were the authors of the study, Sabancı University School of Management Faculty Member and Entrepreneur Development Program Director Dilek Çetindamar and doctorate student Türkan Yosun.  Panel chair was Nadia Zhexembayeva from the IEDC-Bled School of Management.  Also taking part in the panel were researchers and companies from Slovakia and Estonia.

The conference was held by CEEMAN (Central and Eastern Europe Management Development Institution), IEDC-Bled School of Management and the Federal Chamber of Economy of Austria to present the preliminary findings of a study covering 18 countries (Albania, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Hungary, FYRO Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Turkey), and was attended by government officials, academics, advisors and company managers as speakers and listeners.

The 10 leading companies from Turkey that were included in the study and presented at the conference are Alvimedika, Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayi, Arbel A.Ş., Ege Soğutmacılık Klima ve Soğuk Hava Tesisleri İhracat İthalat Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş., Eko Tekstil Sanayi ve Ticaret Limited Şirketi, Kanca El Aletleri ve Dövme Çelik A.Ş., Kordsa A.Ş., Mutlu Akü ve Malzemeleri San. A.Ş, Türkiye Şişe ve Cam Fabrikaları A.Ş. and Yünsa Yünlü Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

A book will be published by Emerald in 2012 on Hidden Champions, and a chapter of this book will be on the hidden champions in Turkey. 

The first link below provides details about the conference and papers, and the second link leads to the report that includes the companies from all countries.

For conference papers click here

For the full report click here

► "Global Leaders in Management" series: The Sabancı University School of Management hosted an event with The Coca-Cola Company CEO Muhtar Kent as the keynote speaker

Held on Monday, October 3rd, the conference was hosted by Sabancı University School of Management Dean, Professor Nakiye Boyacıgiller.  Also attending were Sabancı University Board of Trustees Chair Güler Sabancı and President Professor Nihat Berker.

Muhtar Kent’s discussion points included ‘globalization and the private sector’, ‘the changing role of the private sector’, ‘new rules in competition’, and ‘the significance of globalization trends for the youth and its possible impact on their future plans’.  Arguing that the world needed a strong engine for growth right now, Kent said that if China appears to be slowing, that did not bode well for a quick global recovery.  Kent added that North America and Western Europe were in for a long and mixed recovery, this being less so for Eastern Europe and for many of the “crisis unaware” in parts of Latin America, Africa, and Central and South Asia.Muhtar Kent continued, “Whether it's a financial crisis, or a geopolitical crisis, or an energy crisis, or an environmental crisis - turbulence will be the new norm throughout this decade. And that's not necessarily a bad thing, either. I believe that for every headwind we confront there’s an equally powerful tailwind to be ridden.  The trick is finding it.”

Muhtar Kent emphasized that the world was seeing the rise of both the most sophisticated and engaged youth generation, and the most affluent and mobile over-40 population the world has ever known.

Muhtar Kent also discussed Coca-Cola’s new initiatives for gender equality and the empowerment of women, and said, “Two weeks ago we announced a global partnership with U.N. Women to help advance this effort to provide new business training, mentoring and access to financial resources to women-owned businesses across our Coca-Cola value chain. We believe this initiative will help create not only stronger suppliers and retailers for Coca-Cola, but stronger communities everywhere we operate.”

Muhtar Kent concluded his lecture by saying, “As the world desperately looks for ways to restart and reset the global economy, the solution lies right in front of us.  Gender equality is simply ‘smart economics’. Sabancı University, of course, knows this better than most and it’s the reason why you've established a Gender and Women’s Study Forum, and it’s why 40 percent of the students here are women.”
The lecture was followed by questions from the floor.

At the end of the conference, Sabancı University Board of Trustees Chair Güler Sabancı presented Muhtar Kent a commemorative brick as a symbol of the university.

► Sabanci University hosted European Technology Management Scholars

Sabanci University with the support of TUBITAK hosted the 21st European Doctoral Summer School on Technology Management between 5-9 September 2011.

Leading scholars from  Turkey and Europe held session during the Summer School which took place at Sabanci ​Universty Karakoy Communication Cente. Doctoral students from Gaziantep University, Gebze Institute of Technology, Bayburt Univesity and others met with their European counterparts and shared knowledge.

Sabanci Univeristy hosted the 21st European Doctoral Summer School on Technology Management between 5-9 September 2011. In the first day of the event that took place at Sabanci University Karakoy Communication Center, the Dean of the School of Management Prof Nakiye Boyacigiller made the opening speech followed by the lecture of Prof Holger Ersnt from WHU OttoBeisheim School of Management titled “The Integration of R&D and Patents: Applications for New Product Development”.

On 6th of September Tuesday Faculty Members of Sabanci University School of Management Prof Dilek Çetindamar and Dr Özgecan Koçak held a session titled “Technology Management Practices”. On 7th September Wednesday Prof Dilek Çetindamar and İffet İyigün Meydanlı from Arçelik R&D held a “Company Workshop”.

Jan Kratzer of Institut für Technologie und Management, Technische  Universität Berlin, Germany held a session on “The dynamic interplay of technological  capabilites and organisational design processes” on 8th of September Thursday.

Max von Zedtwitz’s (from Tongji University, China and University of St. Gallen, Switzerland) session titled “Reverse Innovation and the China’s Role in Changing the Global R&D Geography” was held on 9th of September Friday. The same day following lunch the panel titled “From the Editors” was held. The participants of the panel were Jeff Butler (Manchester Institutie of Innovation Research, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK R&D Conferences Representative, and Editor of R&D Management), Jonathan Linton (Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Canada, IAMOT Representative, and Editor of Technovation: the International Journal of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, andTechnology Management). The topics of “New Trends in Technology and Innovation Management” and “How To Publish Your Work In The Best Journals” were discussed in the panel.

The textbook titled “Technology Management Activites and Tools” which was authored by Prof Dilek Çetindamar of Sabanci University School of Management and published by Palgrave/Macmillan was employed during the lectures of the Summer School.


► The Third International Conference on Corporate Governance in Emerging Markets is supported by CGFT

The third of biannual conferences organized by Emerging Markets Corporate Governance Research Network (EMCGN) and supported by Sabanci University Corporate Governance Forum(CGFT)  will be held in Seoul, Korea on 28-29 of May 2011.

Accepted papers are announced on the Conference Web site:

Two of the accepted papers are authored by Sabanci University faculty members. The first conference in the series was hosted by Sabanci University Corporate Governance Forum in 2007.


► Social Entrepreneurship Conference

In 4th of June 2010 the 5th International Social Entrepreneurship

Conference was co-organized by INSAEAD and SU. The title for the conference was "Social Entrepreneurship for Change". Over 240 people from  From 19 different nations (Africa, the Americas and the Middle East) brought global and local perspective to social entrepreneurship.


► Changing Universities : Governance, Relevance, Performance. Oct 2009

               - 70 delegates from 14 countries
               - Hosted w/oxford, Uppsala and Siena universities
               - EU sponsored Civil Society Dialogue project

► International Entrepreneurship Forum. Sept. 2009

               - 100 delegates from 22countries.
               - Hosted w/ Univ. of Essex, OECD, International Innovation Initiative
               - Sponsors: SU, Tubitak & number of Sabancı SOM Friends including Candace!


► International Organization Network. May 2009

               - 40 delegates from 10 countries
               - Hosted with Koc University

► Istanbul Workshop on Mathematical Finance , 18 - 21 May 2009

               - 70 delegates.
               - Sponsored with the European Research Council

► Odysseus 2009 - Fourth International Workshop on Freight Transportation and Logistics, May 2009

               - 160 participants from 15 countries
               - Hosted with: Koc, Bilkent, Dogus, Bogazici, ODTU
               - Sponsors: Tubitak, Borusan Lojistik


► 15th Annual CEEMAN Conference

Globalization and Its Implications for Management Development
27-29 September 2007
Istanbul, Turkey

CEEMAN’s 15th Annual Conference was held on 27-29 September 2007 in Istanbul, Turkey. The central theme of the conference was “Globalization and Its Implications for Management Development”. The host institution is Sabanci University, Sabancı School of Management, headed by its Dean, Prof Nakiye Boyacigiller.

The conference focused on leadership development issues and challenges in the context of the globalizing world economy. It explored what makes the current globalization process different from ones the world has witnessed in the past and sketch the new world that we are heading towards. Whether driving these changes, or responding to them, businesses are facing the need for a new generation of leaders, those who be capable of leading their companies towards achieving and sustaining global competitiveness, while at the same time acting as agents of social change and transformation on both local and global scale. This imposes new challenges for business schools and other management development institutions.

Cross-cultural aspects and the related challenges for business school leadership were discussed in more detail within the Deans and Directors Meeting, which is an integral part of the conference.

Prof Chan Kim from INSEAD with his world famous Blue Ocean Strategy,  and Dr Ichak Adizes, Founder and CEO of the Adizes Institute, US, we the keynote speakers of the conference. Other prominent academic leaders such as Prof Jean-Pierre Lehmann, professor at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland and founding director of the Evian Group, Jonathan Gosling, Director of Centre for Leadership Studies, University of Exeter, UK, as well as corporate leaders such as Muhtar Kent, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Coca Cola Company, as well as outstanding panel of Turkish business leaders, provided their thoughts on these topics and inspire discussion on two critical issues.

The 15th CEEMAN Annual Conference events included:
. Deans and Directors Meeting (September 27 - Sabanci University)
. 15th CEEMAN Annual Conference (September 27 - Sabanci University, September 28 - Hotel Marmara)
. CEEMAN Annual Meeting (September 29 - Hotel Marmara)
. Seminar on new CEEMAN Accreditation scheme (September 29 - Hotel Marmara)
. CEEMAN 13th Case Writing Competition Award


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