Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in Business and Leadership at Norwich Business School.  I joined UEA in July 2012 having previously worked at Open University Business School as Research Fellow in International Management Practice, Education, and Learning (IMPEL). 

I hold three degrees in Management: BA (Koc University), MBA (Bogazici University), PhD in Organizational Behaviour (McGill University, Desautels Faculty of Management).  My PhD thesis on benevolent leadership was selected as the winner of 2010 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Leadership and Organization Development category. 

My research aims to build new ways of understanding how we can nurture the human spirit and build a collective sense of creativity and vitality in organizations. My research interests include spirituality at work, benevolent leadership, positive management education, creativity, design thinking, and social innovation. I am a member of the positive organizational scholarship (POS) network based at the University of Michigan; where we aim to understand, explain, and create the best of the human condition, positive deviance, and flourishing in organizations.  I have published more than 20 articles in leading international management journals such as Journal of Business EthicsJournal of Management Education, and Journal of Management Development

I have worked as a consultant and executive trainer for a number of organizations including Albanian Chamber of International Trade and Development (Albania), Small and Medium Enterprises Development Organization (Turkey), London Centre for Social Studies (UK), Association of British Turkish Academics (UK), Dialog Foundation (Canada), Dogus Automotive (Turkey), and Ulker Holding (Turkey).

I am a Visiting Lecturer at Mountbatten Institute in London and at Pembroke-King's Programme at University of Cambridge.  

I am a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy, UK. 

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