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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