Prof. Dr. Gençtürk received her BS in Management from the University of Southern California (1981). She earned her MBA (1983) and PhD (1990) in Marketing from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Gençtürk was on the Marketing and International Business Faculty of University of Texas at Austin (1989-1996) and was a full-time faculty member at Koç University, in the College of Administrative Sciences and Economics (1996-2009).
Prof. Dr. Gençtürk was the recipient of the University of Minnesota annual doctoral dissertation fellowship for 1986-1987, and was a fellow at the 1986 American Marketing Association Doctoral Consortium. She was also the co-recipient of the 1987 Robert Lieberman Memorial Award for teaching excellence at the University of Minnesota. At the University of Texas, Dr. Gençtürk was a finalist in the 1990 Business Council Texas Excellence Teaching Award, and was nominated for several teaching awards including the Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship (Spring 1991, Spring 1990), College of Business Administration Foundation Teaching Award (Spring 1992, Spring 1991) as well as the Hank and Mary Harkins Foundation Award for Effective Teaching in Large Classes (Spring 1990, Spring 1993).
Prof. Dr. Gençtürk’s research interests include management of intra and inter-organizational marketing exchanges, as well as information and knowledge flows; foreign market entry and penetration strategies, global marketing strategy formulation and implementation; research design, and measurement considerations. Her research has appeared in journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, the Journal of International Marketing, Industrial Marketing Management, and Journal of Management Studies.
Prof. Dr. Gençtürk served as the Vice President of Communications for the American Marketing Association Global Special Interest group for two consecutive terms between 2005 and 2010, and was elected as its Chair as of 2011.
Prof. Dr. Erhan ERKUT - Founding Rector
1.1.2008 - 1.7.2013
Prof. Erkut obtained an undergraduate degree from the Faculty of Engineering of Bogazici University in 1980 and a Ph.D from the University of Florida in 1986, both in Industrial Engineering. Between 1985 and 2005, he taught at the University of Alberta’s School of Business, and was a visiting faculty member at the Univ. of Geneva, Ohio State Univ., NIDA (Bangkok), as well as Bogazici and Sabanci Universities. He received nine teaching awards, including the prestigious "INFORMS Teaching of Management Science Practice Award" and Canada’s "3M Teaching Fellowship," as well as five awards of merit, and four practice awards from the Canadian Operational Research Society.
Prof. Erkut, served as project leader for a number of externally-funded projects, founded an applied research center (Center for Excellence in Operations) at the University of Alberta, was the Founding Editor of INFORMS Transactions on Education, and published over 50 refereed journal articles in journals such as Operations Research, Transportation Science, European Journal of Operational Research, Interfaces, Computers & OR, Risk Analysis, and Geographical Analysis. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration of Bilkent University between 2005 and 2007, before starting to serve as the Founding Rector of Ozyegin University in 2008.
Prof. Dr. Erhan Erkut, who served as the founding rector of Özyeğin University from January 1, 2008 to July 1, 2013, successfully led the establishment process of our university.