PhD defence of Nüfer Ateş on Friday 17 January 2014

On Friday 17 January 2014 Nüfer Ateş will defend his PhD thesis entitled 'News Analytics for Financial Decision Support'. Supervisor is Professor Patrick Groenen (Erasmus School of Economics) and Professor Daan Knippenberg (Rotterdam School of Management). Other members of the Doctoral Committee are Professor Tomi Laamanen (University of St. Gallen), Professor Justin Jansen (Rotterdam School of Management) and Professor Taco Reus (Rotterdam School of Management).

Time and location

The PhD defence will take place in the Senate Hall of Erasmus University Rotterdam and will start at 09.30 hrs.

About Nüfer Ateş

Nüfer Yasin Ateş obtained his Bachelor’s degree with Honors from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul/Turkey in Industrial Engineering. He received his Masters’ degrees in Industrial Engineering from Bogazici University and in Engineering Management from Istanbul Technical University. Prior to his PhD at Erasmus School of Economics, he worked as a research assistant at Istanbul Technical University.

Following his PhD, he has recently joined Organization and Strategy department of School of Economics and Management, Tilburg University as a tenure track Assistant Professor. His main research interests include strategy process, strategic cognition and behavioral strategy with a special focus on middle managers. He presented his research in several international conferences. His research is published and currently under review in top management journals. He is a member of the Strategic Management Society and the Academy of Management.

Abstract of 'The Strategy Process: A Middle Management Perspective'

Organizations must get middle managers on board in order to successfully put strategy into action. Middle managers are key strategic players in organizations due their close connection to daily operations and their reach to higher echelons. Unless these managers develop a shared understanding of and are committed to the organizational strategic goals, organizations are unlikely to realize their strategies. This dissertation focuses on the psychological foundations of middle managers’ contribution to the strategy process by investigating their strategic cognitions, leadership and fairness perceptions.

In this dissertation, we develop a new method that provides a more comprehensive analysis of strategic consensus within and between organizational units (chapter 2), challenge the popular perception of managers’ transformational leadership as a solely positive phenomenon in strategy implementation (chapter 3), and examine the drivers of middle managers’ strategic alignment and commitment (chapter 4). Our results equip researchers with the necessary tools for integrative theory building in managerial and organizational cognition, reveal the dark-side of transformational leadership that is contingent upon the strategic alignment of the manager, and highlight the importance of middle managers’ fairness perceptions about strategy making. We also look into the repeated testing problem and recommend strategies and tools to cope with this problem (chapters 5 and 6). Consequently, this dissertation extends the reach of organizational psychology and organizational behavior in strategy research by contributing to the strategy process, managerial cognition and behavioral strategy research streams.

More information

Ateş’ PhD research project is conducted within the Erasmus Doctoral Programme organized by Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), the joint research institute of Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) and Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR).

For more information about this ceremony, please contact Ronald de Groot, Communication Officer of the Erasmus School of Economics phone +31 10 408 1762 or by e-mail:

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