• Irem Demirkan Joins Sawyer Business School


Professor Irem Demirkan, a native to Turkey, brings a global perspective to her Management and Entrepreneurship courses.

She has studied and worked around the world. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Bogazici University in Turkey, she began her career in budgeting and strategic planning at John Deere-Hattat International and as a customer relations manager at Mayco Textil International Trade Co., both located in Istanbul, Turkey.

Two years later, Demirkan moved to the United States to pursue a career in teaching and research. She earned a master’s degree in Management and a PhD in International Management at the University of Texas.

Before joining Sawyer Business School, Demirkan taught International Business and Strategic Management at Northeastern University College of Business Administration. Her former students at Northeastern University described her as an “excellent” professor.

“Her class helped me a lot to understand the business strategy and how things actually work in practice. She was always welcoming and helpful, and she was always there with good answers when we had questions,” one Northeastern student wrote on RateMyProfessor.com.

She has taught summer courses at the University of Michigan and the University of Texas at Dallas and was a guest lecturer at the ISCTE Business School in Lisbon, Portugal, where she taught inter-organizational relationships and network strategies as a doctoral seminar. She has also given several conference presentations on innovation and collaborative business tactics.

Her research interests include inter-organizational relationships; entrepreneurship and strategy; and innovation, exploration, and exploitation framework. Demirkan is a member of the Strategic Management Society and the Academy of Management.

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