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Turkish Management Culture in a European Context PDF Print E-mail
Code: Man 3015


Course level

Course prerequisites (start competences)
Consent of the Instructor

Course description & goals (final competences)

This course, through an in-depth historical analysis of Turkish Management Culture, attempts to shed light to current indigenous management practices. Cross cultural issues like Anglo-American, European and Japanese organizational management practices will also be analyzed to demonstrate fit between culture and management. In light of such an analysis, students will strive to designate typical Turkish management values and style.

Goals (final competences)
Students are expected to gain an understanding towards the Turkish Management Culture and an ability to grasp its diversity and its relations with European Culture.
Students are expected to gain an understanding of mega construct culture with respect to Turkish management philosophy concept and styles.

Students are expected to learn Turkish management values and style in a historical context.
Students are expected to know about cross-cultural management issues and practices.

Tentative Course Outline

2-Classical Western Management Approach
General Management Theory as a Paradigm. Evaluation of its Universality Claim
3-Culture, Its Definition and Classification
Concept of Culture from a Managerial View. Culture Models of Hofstede, Hall and Kluckholn.
4-Turkish Work Mentality; Definition, Roots and Its Effect On Today
Turkish Work Mentality Studies. Findings about Present Turkish Work Mentality
5-Pre-Islam Turk Administrative Tradition
Turks’ Leadership and Administrative Styles Before Islam. Traditions of Middle-Asia. Nomadic and Shamanic Issues.
6-Effect of Arab-Islam Administrative Style on Turkish Management Tradition
Turks’ Leadership and Administrative Styles After Islam. Effect of Islam on the Turkish Management Culture. Changes in Society.
7-Administrative Approach of Seljuk Era & Byzantine Effect
Seljuk and Byzantine Administrative Style, Their Impacts on the Ottoman Era
8-Midterm Week
9-Midterm Week
10-Ottoman State Philosophy: Classical Era
Turkish Administrative Culture in the Growing Period and the Powerful Times of Ottoman Empire
11-Ottoman State Philosophy : Decline Era & Beginning of Present Managerial Dilemma
Changing Administrative Styles in the Decline Era. Rising Power of Conservatism and Fatalism. Beginning of Westernization. Dilemma of Westernization and Traditional Issues Conflict.
12-Leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
Foundation of New Turkish Republic and the New Administrative Spirit of the New Republic and Its Relations With Past.
13-Social Trends Affecting Management Styles in Turkish Republic:1923 -1946
Revolutionary Administrative in the First Decades of Republic. Effects of Great Depression and the 2nd World War on the Turkish Republic’s Administrative Style
14-Social Trends Affecting Management Styles in Turkish Republic:1946-1980
Beginning of American Influence on the Turkish Administrative Style. Beginnings of Administrative Style’s Transformation to Management Style.
15-Social Trends Affecting Management Styles in Turkish Republic:1980-Today
Increasing Liberalization of Turkish Management Style. Effects of European Union, America and Globalization on the Turkish Management Style.
16-Turkish Work Mentality Revisited
Re-Examination of Turkish Work Mentality. Brainstorming about the Future of Turkish Management Culture.

Teaching method

General description
Students will be given a list of subjects and they will prepare a research project on their chosen subjects. This research paper and its presentation will be counted for their midterm exam. Students’ participation in classes will count for an extra %10 for their total grade.

Course material
International Management: Culture, Strategy, and Behavior with World Map, Hodgetts, R.M., Luthans, F., McGraw Hill Irwin.2002.
Culture’s Consequences, Hofstede, Geert,Sage Publications.  2003.
Also, additional readings about Turkey will be provided by the instructor.

Research Project    40%
Final Exam    60%
Attendance and Participation    10%
Total    110%


Lecturer and the Contact Address
Prof. Dr. Ceyhan Aldemir
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