Dicle Kortantamer

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Research interests

My research seeks to connect leadership and projects. I am particularly interested in bringing in ideas about temporality and boundary work into the understandings of leadership, and ideas about plural leadership and meaning making into the understandings of leadership in projects. My previous and current research has been drawing on practice-based theories to look at various questions such as how individuals or collectives from different organisations or functions effectively work together to accomplish leadership work in major projects, how the leadership work of meaning making in a vanguard project contributes to developing grassroots innovations for sustainable development. The settings for my research include public organizations, private organizations and grassroots community projects.

Scholarly biography

I hold a MSc from London School of Economics and Political Science in Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems and a BSc in Computer Engineering. Prior to starting a PhD, I spent over a decade working in the financial services industry in the UK leading complex large-scale information systems enabled organizational change projects and programmes. My PhD at CENTRIM (Centre for Change, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management) has been inspired by the key challenges I encountered during my experience in the industry. During my PhD, I have first been a lecturer on information systems project management delivering seminars and marking examinations, and since 2018, I have become a research fellow on Project X, a three-year ESRC funded programme of research seeking to generate unique insights into the performance of major projects and programmes in government.

I have received the following awards for my work on project leadership:

  • Best conference paper by an early career researcher award, IRNOP (International Research Network on Organising by Projects) Conference 2018
  • Awarded Association for Project Management (APM) research grant in 2017

Knowledge exchange

My industry background plays a key role in my interest in linking academic research to practical action. This has involved different approaches including co-designing a research project with practitioners, producing a practitioner report for Association for Project Management (APM) members and engaging in a dialogue about this report with special interest groups of the APM, attending Cabinet Office’s National Leadership Centre workshops to help develop their research agenda, responding to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology’s (POST) survey to research community on short, medium and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Approach to teaching

My teaching is interactive and draws on the ideas of active generation of knowledge. This involves various strategies including linking the purpose of activities to real world experience and student concerns, facilitating the active participation of students through different means such as hand-on exercises or using technology tools (e.g. simulation games) and using questions to stimulate discussion.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Brighton

Award Date: 8 Jan 2021

Master, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Award Date: 1 Nov 2000

Bachelor, Middle East Technical University

Award Date: 1 Jun 1998

External positions

Member, Association for Project Management

Member, European Group for Organizational Studies

Editorial review board member, Project Management Journal


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