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Professor Serden Ozcan

Chair of Innovation and Corporate Transformation

Chairholder

Contact:

+49 (0)211 44709 250
serden.ozcan[at]whu.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Serden Ozcan is the Otto Beisheim Endowed Chair holder of Innovation and Corporate Transformation at WHU and an associate faculty at Judge Business School, Cambridge University. He is the founding director of the annual WHU Campus for Corporate Transformation event, where board and C-suite members from Europe’s largest companies share their personal and professional insights on corporate transformation. He is also the Program Director of IESE-WHU High-Performance Board Member Program,and the co-host of the Leading Corporate Transformation: The WHU Podcast, powered by PwC,  featuring inspiring transformational leaders from renowned European companies.

As an expert on corporate transformation, entrepreneurial finance, private equity, and corporate entrepreneurship, Professor Dr. Özcan is the recipient of multiple international research awards and his work has been published in top academic journals as well as practitioner journals such as MIT Sloan Management Review.

Prof. Özcan teaches courses for FTMBA, PTMBA and Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA, as well as for several open and customized executive education programs at WHU. As academic director, Prof. Özcan has been involved in designing and delivering senior programs for several international clients such as BASF, Latham & Watkins, Metro Group, Merck Group, EnerjiSA Üretim, and Germany’s Ministry of Defense. As a true believer in sustainability, Prof. Özcan has also been actively involved on the ground in numerous social entrepreneurship projects, spanning across countries such as India, Estonia, Ethiopia, and Zambia.

Prof. Özcan has taught at the Copenhagen Business School and National University of Singapore Business School and has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University and the University of Chicago, among others.

Prof. Özcan is a highly sought-after expert and is regularly featured in prominent international media outlets, such as Bloomberg and Fortune Magazine, as well as renowned German publications, including FAZ, Finance Magazin, Manager Magazin, and Handelsblatt. In addition to his media presence, Prof. Özcan is frequently invited to share his insights at corporate leadership events, such as the Infineon Global Finance Conference, DZ Bank Annual Strategy Retreat, Latham & Watkins Europe Partners Meeting, Vaillant Tech Meet-Up, and PwC (Germany) Family Business Board Members Day.

Prof. Özcan holds a PhD degree from the Copenhagen Business School (2001-2006).

Publications

Management Group

Make better allies of your workforce

Karaevli, A., Ozcan, S. (2024), Make better allies of your workforce, MIT Sloan Management Review, Vol. 65 (2), pp. 54-59.

Economics Group

Günther, C., Ozcan, S., Saßmannshausen, D. (2022), Referrals among VCs and the length of due diligence: the effect of relational embeddedness, Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 37 (5), 106230.

Management Group

Why some CFOs make better M&A deals

Karaevli, A., Ozcan, S. (2022), Why some CFOs make better M&A deals?, MIT Sloan Management Review, Vol. 63 (4), pp. 78-84.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Boone, C., Ozcan, S., Li, J. (2022), How are competing logics combined in managerial teams? The impact of branch founding team hybridity on the growth of Islamic bank branches in Turkey, 2002-19, Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 59 (6), pp. 1460-1492.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Feldman, M., Ozcan, S., Reichstein, T. (2021), Variation in organizational practices: are startups really different?, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Vol. 31 (1), pp. 1-31.

Management Group

The four competencies every IT workforce needs

Karaevli, A., Ozcan, S., Wintermeyer, A. (2020), The four competencies every IT workforce needs: digital business demands technology staff skilled in new ways of working, MIT Sloan Management Review, Vol. 62 (1), pp. 54-58.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Boone, C., Ozcan, S. (2020), Oppositional logics and the antecedents of hybridization: a country-level study of the diffusion of Islamic banking windows, 1975-2017, Organization Science, Vol. 31 (4), pp. 990-1011.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Feldman, M., Ozcan, S., Reichstein, T. (2019), Falling not far from the tree: entrepreneurs and organizational heritage, Organization Science, Vol. 30 (2), pp. 337-360.

Management Group

Make better allies of your workforce

Karaevli, A., Ozcan, S. (2024), Make better allies of your workforce, MIT Sloan Management Review, Vol. 65 (2), pp. 54-59.

Economics Group

Günther, C., Ozcan, S., Saßmannshausen, D. (2022), Referrals among VCs and the length of due diligence: the effect of relational embeddedness, Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 37 (5), 106230.

Management Group

Why some CFOs make better M&A deals

Karaevli, A., Ozcan, S. (2022), Why some CFOs make better M&A deals?, MIT Sloan Management Review, Vol. 63 (4), pp. 78-84.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Boone, C., Ozcan, S., Li, J. (2022), How are competing logics combined in managerial teams? The impact of branch founding team hybridity on the growth of Islamic bank branches in Turkey, 2002-19, Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 59 (6), pp. 1460-1492.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Feldman, M., Ozcan, S., Reichstein, T. (2021), Variation in organizational practices: are startups really different?, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Vol. 31 (1), pp. 1-31.

Management Group

The four competencies every IT workforce needs

Karaevli, A., Ozcan, S., Wintermeyer, A. (2020), The four competencies every IT workforce needs: digital business demands technology staff skilled in new ways of working, MIT Sloan Management Review, Vol. 62 (1), pp. 54-58.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Boone, C., Ozcan, S. (2020), Oppositional logics and the antecedents of hybridization: a country-level study of the diffusion of Islamic banking windows, 1975-2017, Organization Science, Vol. 31 (4), pp. 990-1011.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Feldman, M., Ozcan, S., Reichstein, T. (2019), Falling not far from the tree: entrepreneurs and organizational heritage, Organization Science, Vol. 30 (2), pp. 337-360.

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