Nakiye Avdan Boyacigiller Nakiye Avdan Boyacigiller

  • Turkey, United States
  • Dean of the Faculty of Management at Sabancı University, Turkey


Prof. Dr. Nakiye A. Boyacigiller is Professor of International Management and past Dean of the Sabanci School of Management at Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey.

Born in the US and educated in Turkey, France and the US, Dr. Boyacigiller’s research, teaching and leadership activities all reflect her interests in enhancing the effectiveness of multicultural work groups and cross border collaboration. Her research on cross cultural management has appeared in leading academic journals and research compendiums. Her work (with Schon Beecher, Orly Levy and Sully Taylor) was supported by the NSF and has focused on the conceptual foundations and importance of developing a global mindset as well as the challenges of creating a shared organizational culture in global organizations.

Dr. Boyacigiller received her doctorate from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, her MBA degree from the Anderson School at the University of California, Los Angeles, and her BA degree from Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. Prior to joining Sabanci University she served on the faculty of San Jose State University for 17 years, and has taught at the Anderson School at UCLA, the Haas School at University of California, Berkeley, the Stockholm School of Economics, Bilkent University, and Bogaziçi University. An award winning teacher, Nakiye’s key areas of teaching are cross cultural management and organizational behavior. Her seminar on the cultural context of Turkish organizations is a favorite with both corporate and academic audiences. Boyacigiller was elected a Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB) in 2007.

Dean Boyacigiller has held leadership positions in several professional and academic organizations including most importantly her roles as President of the AIB (2014-2015) and Chair of the International Management Division of the Academy of Management (1996-97). She has served the AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) as a member of its Board of Directors and European Advisory Council (2012-2014). In addition, Prof. Boyacigiller has served on the advisory boards of WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Bologna Business School, Cyprus International Institute of Management, KAGIDER (Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey), the Istanbul Policy Center, and as a board member of the Turkish Philantropic Fund and DLD (Change Leaders Assocation) of Turkey.

Founded in 1999, Sabanci University has established a reputation as one of Turkey’s top research universities and in 2012 and 2015 was recognized by the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology as Turkey’s most entrepreneurial and innovative university. During Boyacigiller’s tenure as dean, the Sabanci School of Management more than doubled the number of its faculty members, launched several new programs, increased its student numbers more than tenfold, achieved AACSB International accreditation and signed a strategic partnership agreement with MIT Sloan School of Management.


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