Professor Sibel Yamak

Sibel YamakFaculty

Faculty of Social Sciences


Wolverhampton Business School


Professor of Management

Contact details

Direct line: 01902 323695

University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Social Sciences
Wolverhampton Business School
MN Building
Nursery Street
City Campus Molineux
Wolverhampton WV1 1AD

Areas of expertise

Top Management Teams, Business Elites, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Political Activity, Business State Relations, Corporate Governance


She has a doctorate degree in Organization Theory/Management from Bogazici University. She has been a visiting scholar at different universities such as Southampton University, Dauphine University, Panthéon Sorbonne University, Louis Pasteur University and Manchester University. Her publications which focus on business elites, top management teams, governance, business-state relations and corporate social performance have been published in peer reviewed journals such as British Journal of Management, Strategic Management Journal, Group and Organization Management, European Management Journal, European Journal of International Management, among others. In 2007, she received Emerald LiteratiNetwork award for her work on Turkish business elites.

She is associate editor of the European Management Review (EMR) and YAD and editorial board member of the Society and Business Review and YOAD. She has co-edited special issues on Top Management Teams and Corporate Social Responsibility in different peer reviewed journals.   

She is also actively involved in international academic institutions. As country liaison, she is a member of the Academy of Management (AOM), Management Education and Development Division (MED) since 1999, where she previously acted as International Membership Coordinator and Division Research Coordinator. She co-founded Top Management Teams and Business Elites Track at the European Academy of Management (EURAM) where she also served as Corporate Governance Strategic Interest Group Chair and  organised its 2013 Annual Conference in Istanbul. She is actually the President of EURAM.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Management,  Bogazici University
  • MA Management,  Bogazici University
  • BA (Hons) Business Administration, Bogazici University

Teaching interests

  • Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Political Activity,
  • Top Management Teams and Business Elites

Research interests

Her research interest includes areas like top management teams and business elites, corporate social responsibility, corporate political activity, business-state relations, corporate governance.

PhD supervision

Current PhD supervisions:

  • Role of the organisational habitus in organisational responses to institutional complexities-Southampton University
  • Antecedents and consequences of firms’ engagement with social movements: The impact of private and public politics-Galatasaray University
  • The role of CEO career stage and age in strategic decision making-Galatasaray University

Corporate and community engagement

CSR consultancy and training to companies operating in Turkey.

Professional body membership and roles

  • Advisory council member of Turkish Corporate Governance Association
  • Advisory council member of Centre for Communication Studies and Research

External academic roles

  • President of European Academy of Management (EURAM)
  • Associate Editor of European Management Review (EMR)
  • Associate Editor of YAD
  • Editorial Board Member of Society and Business Review
  • Editorial Board Member of YOAD
  • Member of European Academy of Management,  European Group for Organisational Studies, Academy of Management

Previous roles as external examiner of PhD Vivas:

Brunel University (UK), Southampton University (UK), Manouba University (Tunisia), Sabancı University (Turkey).
Previous roles as external examiner of grants and faculty promotion:
La Sapienza University (Italy), Project evaluation at TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey), Bogazici University (Turkey), Akdeniz University (Turkey)

Selected publications

Yamak, S., Ergur, A., Alakavuklar, O., & Özbilgin, M. (2016). Gender as Symbolic Capital and Violence: The Case of Corporate Elites in Turkey. Gender, Work and Organization, 23(2): 125-146.

Ergur, A., Yamak, S & Özbilgin, M. (2015).Understanding the nature of the relationship between the state and business elites. In G. Morgan, S. Quack P. Hirsch, (Eds.) Research in the Sociology of Organizations: Elites on Trial. (pp.107-139). Emerald:UK.

Judge, W.Q., Witt, M.A., Talaulicar, T., Zattoni, A., Talaulicar, T., Chen, J., Lewellyn, K., Hu, H., Shukla, D.,Bell, R. G., Gabrielsson, J., Lopez, F., Yamak, S., Fassin, Y., McCarthy, D., Rivas, J., Fainshmidt, S., Van.Ees, H. (2015). Corporate Governance and IPO Underpricing in a Cross-National Sample: A Multi-Level Knowledge-Based View" Strategic Management Journal, 36: 1174–1185.

Yamak, S., Ertuna, B., Levent, H., & Bolak, M. (2015). Collaboration of Foreign Investors with Local Family Business Groups in Turkey: Implications on Firm Performance.  European Journal of International Management, 9:263-281.

Yamak, S., Ergur, A., Ünsal, A. Uygur, S. & Özbilgin, M. (2015). Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Corporate elites in the context of religion and secularism in Turkey. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 26:1474-1497.

Yamak, S., Nielsen, S., & Escriba-Esteve, A. (2014).The Role of External Environment in Upper Echelons Theory: A Review of Existing Literature and Future Research Directions. Group and Organization Management, 39(1): 69-109.

Yamak, S. & Ertuna, B. (2012).Corporate governance and initial public offerings in Turkey. In A. Zattoni & W. Judge (Eds.), Corporate governance and initial public offerings: An international perspective. (pp.470-498). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK.

Yamak, S., Ergur, A., Ünsal, A., Özbilgin M., & Çoker E. Ü.( 2011). New Turkish Business Elites: Resources, Networks, Boundaries, and Mobility. In Andrew and Nada Kakabadse (Eds) Global Elites: The Opaque nature of Transnational Policy Determination, p.130-156. Basingstoke: Palgrave:UK

Ertuna, B., & Yamak, S. (2011). Foreign Equity Configurations in an Emerging Country: Implications for Performance, European Management Journal, 29(2): 117-129.

Yamak, S. (2008). Le changement institutionnel et Le Milieu des Affaires en Turquie. In Y. Mathlouthi (Ed.) Maghreb et Sciences Sociales: Les Economies Emergentes, Trajectoires Asiatiques, Latino-Américaines, Est-Européennes et Perspectives Maghrébines. (p. 113-123).  L’Harmattan: Paris.

Yamak, S., Ertuna, B., & Bolak, M. (2006). “Sahiplik Dağılımının Birleşik Liderlik Yapısı Üzerine Etkileri” (The Impact of Ownership on CEO Duality) Yönetim Araştırmaları Dergisi, 85-107.

Yamak, S.& Üsdiken, B. (2006 ).“Economic Liberalization and the Antecedents of Top Management Teams: Evidence from Turkish ‘big’ Business” British Journal of Management, 17: 177-194.

Yamak, S. (2006). “Changing Institutional Environment and Business Elites in Turkey” Society and Business Review, 1(3): 206-219.