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Dr. Ali Gümüsay

Ali Gümüsay

Biographical Sketch


  • Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Hamburg and Research Fellow, Vienna University of Economics & Business

  • 2017-2018: DAAD Prime Fellow at Institute for Organization Studies, Vienna University of Economics & Business


  • 2014 – 2016: Lecturer in Management, Magdalen College, University of Oxford

  • DPhil in 2017 from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Research Interests

At the heart of Ali Gümüsay's research are concerns around how hybrid and new forms of organizing engage with multiple values, logics, purpose, and meaning, in particular in the face of institutional pluralism and grand societal challenges. While organizations encounter competing pressures, they seek to maintain unity in diversity. To examine this further, his work is guided by two broader research streams.

First, he focuses on how multiple values, logics, purpose, and meaning shape hybrid organizations and how they become more resilient to better cope with complex, competing, contradictory, conflictual and even paradoxical demands. In this research stream, he has published articles on academic entrepreneurship in Research Policy, entrepreneurship and Islam in Journal of Business Ethics, institutional logics and religion in Business & Society as well as entrepreneurial opportunities and values in Innovation: Organization & Management. Further working papers look at organizational hybridity and paradox plus organizational hybridity and institutional complexity.

Second, he studies how novelty in forms of organizing facilitates engagement with grand challenges and how to lead and organize for soci(et)al change, particularly in urban settings. Grand challenges represent fundamental, global societal challenges of ecological and social nature that require coordinated and collective efforts. In his empirical cases, he focuses on digital, flexible, fluid, cross-boundary, multi-jurisdictional, and temporary forms of organizing such as co-creation spaces, social movements, social incubators, and sustainable community hubs that tackle challenges like climate change, decent work and sustainable growth, gender equality, populism and racism, societal cohesion, responsible consumption and production, and urban development, sustainable cities and communities.

In addition, he reflects on how societal complexity feeds back methodologically and conceptually in his research endeavors, in particular research team constellations, ethnographic practices, and multimodal methodologies.

Keywords: Organization Theory, Entrepreneurship, Business Ethics, Leadership.

Research and Publications

A comprehensive list of his publications is available at