Short Biography

Professor Dr. Serden Ozcan is the Chair of Innovation and Corporate Transformation at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. He also serves as the academic director of Executive Education. At WHU, he teaches in the  Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA, FTMBA, PTMBA and Master in Entrepreneurship Programs as well as in various open and customized programs at WHU Executive Education.

Prior to WHU, he was the founding Director of Entrepreneurship Platform at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), responsible for coordinating and facilitating CBS’ entrepreneurship related research, education, outreach, fundraising and internationalization activities. He has a PhD. degree in Business Economics from CBS (2007). Before PhD, he worked at IBM Business Consulting Services (Denmark) and PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consultants (Denmark). 

Professor Ozcan is the recipient of multiple international research awards and his publications can be found in leading academic journals. He has been a visiting scholar among others at Stanford University and University of Chicago and has held teaching positions at National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School and Sabanci University’s Executive MBA Program.

Professor Ozcan has delivered specialized trainings for corporations and industry associations and has consulted with companies and policy makers in various developed countries and emerging markets in Asia, Africa and Europe.

He has extensive experience with start-ups, incubators and venture financing as an advisor and a mentor as well as a board member, and has advised several social entrepreneurship initiatives and organizations in Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia. He has been a jury member in professional venture contests in Europe and Asia.

Prof. Ozcan is frequently interviewed by the media on issues concerning entrepreneurship, corporate transformation, corporate strategy, innovation and private equity. He collaborates extensively with some of Europe's largest corporate restructuring, private equity and venture capital companies.

He is the recipient of the prestigious The Danish Society for Education and Business (FUHU) Prize for Excellence in Teaching in Denmark (2012), which is given to a permanent academic staff in business studies for extraordinary contributions to teaching.

Professor Ozcan has lived in Denmark, US, Germany, Singapore and Turkey and has done work in over fifty countries.

Selected Publications

Feldman, M., S Özcan, T Reichstein 2018. Falling not far from the tree: Entrepreneurs' prior employment and the transfer of organizational practices, Organization Science, Forthcoming

C Boone, S Özcan 2016. The ideological purity vs. hybridization trade-off: When do Islamic banks hire managers from conventional banking, Organization Science, 27(6): 1380-1396.

C Boone, S Özcan 2016.  Strategic choices at entry and relative survival advantage of cooperatives vs. corporations in the US bio-ethanol industry, 1978-2015, Journal of Management Studies, 53(7): 1109-1255.

C Boone, S Özcan 2014. Why do cooperatives emerge in a world dominated by corporations? The diffusion of cooperatives in the US bio-ethanol industry, 1978-2013, Academy of Management Journal, 57(4): 990-1012

Ö Koçak, S Özcan, 2013. How does rivals' presence affect firms' decision to enter new markets? Economic and sociological explanations, Management Science, 59(11): 2586-2603

S Özcan, T Reichstein, 2009. Transition to entrepreneurship from the public sector: Predispositional and contextual effects, Management Science, 55(4): 604-618.

S Özcan, ML Overby, 2008. A cognitive model of stock market reactions to multi-firm alliance announcements, Strategic Organization, 6(4): 435-469

V Mahnke, S Özcan, ML Overby. 2006. Outsourcing innovative capabilities for IT‐enabled services, Industry and Innovation, 13(2): 189-207


S Özcan, D Sassmannshausen 2018. The China Gambit: When Chinese VCs knock on a German start-up's door. The Case Center Reference No: 818-0019-1