FACULTY OF BUSINESS

Department of Business Administration

BA 445 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Business Context in Turkey
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
BA 445
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
6

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course -
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s)
Course Objectives The course aims at providing students with an opportunity of gaining a deeper understanding of Turkish business environment from a comparative and historical perspective.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Compare national business system characteristics of Turkey with those of Anglo-Saxon, European, Far Eastern countries.
  • Evaluate historical, political and economic conditions that have paved the way for current business conditions in Turkey.
  • Analyze the institutional factors that shape organizational forms, interorganizational relations and management practices in Turkey
  • Examine corporate governance, strategies, and management of Turkish business groups.
  • Develop solutions to organizational and managerial problems in Turkey
Course Description The course discusses the Turkish business environment in historical and comparative perspective. It specifically involves national business systems approach, and an analysis of historical changes in Turkish business system characteristics such state-business relations, organizational structures and strategies, and managerial elites, and practices. Furthermore, it examines the economic, political, and institutional conditions that shape entrepreneurial behavior and organization of business activities in Turkey.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
X
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction to the Course
2 Comparative Perspectives in Management and Organizations: Crosscultural and Institutional Approaches Carla I. Koen. 2005. Chapter 4.2: The Business Systems Approach, pp. 155-166. Comparative International Management. McGraw-Hill: London.
3 An Introduction to Turkish Business Environment Berkman, Ümit, and Özen, Şükrü. 2007. Turkish Business System and Managerial Culture: State-Dependency and Paternalism in Transition. Eduardo Davel, Jean-Pierre Dupuis, et Jean-François Chanlat (Der.), Gestion en contexte interculturel : approches, problématiques, pratiques et plongées. (Chapter VI.4) Québec, Presse de l’Université Laval et TÉLUQ/UQAM.
4 Private Business in Turkey: Past and Present Buğra, Ayşe. 1994. Chapter 2: Private Business in Turkey: Past and Present. State and Business in Modern Turkey. Albany: State University of New York Press, pp. 35-93.
5 Political Context of Turkish Business Buğra, A. 1994. Chapter 3: Political Context of Business Activity. State and Business in Modern Turkey. Albany: State University of New York Press, pp. 95-169.
6 Changing State-Business Relations Buğra, Ayşe and Savaşkan, Osman. 2012. Politics and class: The Turkish business environment in the liberal age. New Perspectives on Turkey, 46: 27-63.
7 Turkish Business Groups Colpan, Aslı. M. 2010. Business Groups in Turkey. In A. Colpan, T. Hikino, J. R. Lincoln (eds). The Oxford Handbook of Business Groups, pp. 486-525, Oxford University Press: Oxford
8 Corporate Governance in Turkey Selekler-Gökşen, Nisan, and Yıldırım-Öktem, Özlem. 2009. Countervailing institutional forces: Corporate governance in Turkish family business groups. Journal of Management and Governance, 13: 193-213. Yıldırım-Öktem, Ö, and Üsdiken, B. 2010. Contingencies versus External Pressure: Professionalization in Boards of Firms Affiliated to Family Business Groups in Late-Industrializing Countries. British Journal of Management, 21: 115-130.
9 Business Elite in Turkey Yamak, S. and Üsdiken, B.2006. Economic Liberalization and the Antecedents of Top Management Teams: Evidence from Turkish ‘Big’ Business. British Journal of Management, (17): 177-194. Üsdiken, B. 2019. Owners and Salaried Managers in Large Turkish Enterprises. Unpublished manuscript.
10 Strategy in Turkish Business Groups Gökşen, N. S. and Üsdiken, B. 2001. Uniformity and diversity in Turkish business groups: Effects of scale and time of founding. British Journal of Management, 12(4): 325-340.
11 State-Business Relations and Firm Performance Özcan G. B., and Gündüz, U. 2014. “Political connectedness and business performance: evidence from Turkish industry rankings”. Business and Politics, 17:1, 41-73. Özen, Ş. and Önder, Ç. 2019. Adaptation of corporate political ties to governmental change and its performance implications: The case of Turkish industrial enterprises, 1999-2010. The 35th EGOS Colloquium, 4-6 July, 2019, Edinburgh, UK.
12 Management Practices in Turkey Nichols, Theo, and Sugur, Nadir. 2004. Global Management, Local Labour: Turkish Workers and Modern Industry (pp. 77-140). Hampshire: Palgrave. Paşa, Selda Fikret, Kabasakal, Hayat and Muzaffer Bodur. 2001. “Society, Organisations, and Leadership in Turkey”, Applied Psychology: An International Review, 50 (4), 559-589
13 Discussions on the research projects
14 Submission of the research reports
15 Semester Review
16 Final Exam

 

Course Notes/Textbooks

Books and articles listed in required materials

Suggested Readings/Materials

Books and articles listed in required materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
10
30
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
40
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
Final Exam
1
30
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
2
70
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
30
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: '.16.' x total hours)
16
0
Study Hours Out of Class
14
3
42
Field Work
0
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
10
2
20
Portfolio
0
Homework / Assignments
0
Presentation / Jury
0
Project
1
30
30
Seminar / Workshop
0
Oral Exam
0
Midterms
0
Final Exam
1
30
30
    Total
170

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to solve problems with an analytical and holistic viewpoint in the field of business administration.

2

To be able to present the findings and solutions to the business problems in written and oral formats.

3

To be able to interpret the application of business and economic concepts, and philosophies at the national and international levels.

X
4

To be able to use innovative and creative approach for real-life business situations.

X
5

To be able to demonstrate leadership skills in different business situations.

6

To be able to interpret the reflections of new technologies and softwares to business dynamics.   

7

To be able to integrate knowledge gained in the five areas of business administration (marketing, production, management, accounting, and finance) through a strategic perspective.

X
8

To be able to act in accordance with the scientific and ethical values in studies related to business administration.

9

To be able to work efficiently and effectively as a team member.

10

To be able to have an ethical perspective and social responsiveness when making and evaluating business decisions.

11

To be able to collect data in the area of business administration and communicate with colleagues in a foreign language ("European Language Portfolio Global Scale", Level B1).

12

To be able to speak a second foreign at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise.

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

 


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