Prof. Dr. Rıfat Kamaşak
Management and Strategy at Yeditepe University, Turkey
Presentation Topic: The elements of sustainability: Government policies, implementation leadership and green management practices
Prof. Dr. Rıfat Kamaşak is a Professor of Management and Strategy at Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey and he acts as the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. He also holds board membership positions in several companies listed in Istanbul Stock Exchange (Borsa Istanbul, BIST – 100). He worked in the food, confectionery, carpet, textile, aluminium, metal, retailing, trading and consulting industries for nearly twenty years. He has done research, consultancy and training at a large number of organisations and run his family’s traditional hand-made carpet business for five years, simultaneously. Having completed his bachelor’s or degree in economics and postgraduate diploma in international management at the University of Istanbul, he continued his graduate studies in the UK. Professor Kamaşak received his MA in marketing from Middlesex University London, MA in management from Durham University, and MSc in applied linguistics from the University of Oxford. He also has two individual PhD degrees: PhD in management studies from the University of Exeter (2014) and PhD in organisation theory from the University of Istanbul (2004).
His primary interest areas are strategic management, knowledge and innovation and equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) at work. He has conducted field studies in Turkey and internationally and his work is empirically grounded. His research is supported by international as well as national grants. His work has focused on increasing firm performance and effectiveness, facilitating firms’ innovativeness and changing policy and practice in equality and diversity at work. He is an engaged scholar, driven by values of workplace democracy, equality for all, and humanisation of work. He has a special interest in English medium instruction in university settings and sociolinguistics and carries out field research in these areas. He has published nearly 100 conference papers and over 50 papers in academic journals such as Business Ethics: A European Review, Gender, Work and Organization, International Journal of Production Research, Knowledge Management Research and Practice, European Business Review, Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Management Research Review, Journal of Organizational Change Management and Gender in Management among others. His book chapters have been published by Emerald Press, Cambridge University Press, Springer International Publishing, Palgrave Macmillan, Edward Elgar Publishing and Information Age Publishing. Professor Kamaşak served as chair, academic committee member and keynote speaker at several conferences. He supervised over 10 PhD students and 20 master’s students. He currently holds memberships in the UK Chartered Institute of Marketing, the UK Chartered Management Institute, the Institute of Leadership and Management (UK), the Institute of Administration Management (UK) and the Research Quality Association, (UK) and acts as an honorary board member in the European Marketing and Management Association.