Dr. Salih Zeki Ozdemir is an Associate Professor of Strategy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship at the School of Management & Governance and an AGSM Fellow in UNSW Business School. He received his PhD from Chicago Booth School of Business in Organizations and Markets with support areas in Economics and Econometrics.
In his research, Salih is specifically interested in the role of social network relationships. He investigates how the overall structure of social networks and individuals', teams', or organizations' positions within these networks affect the strategic decisions they undertake and the performance they achieve. He also researches the evolution of these networks based on the actions individuals and organizations perform.
Salih has widely published research that investigates innovation, entrepreneurship, internationalization, corporate governance, and emergence of new organizational forms through the lenses of sociology and social network theory. His research on social structures and innovation performance received 2007 Academy of Management Best Paper Award from Technology and Innovation Management Division of AOM for his research. He also received 2011 Best Paper Award from Strategy Stream of ANZAM for his research on how entrepreneurs can design better social networks, 2014 Corporate Governance – An International Review Best Paper Published award for his research on board composition, governance bundles, and national institutional structures, and 2020 Best Paper Award (Empirical) from ACERE for his research on impact on overseas social network experiences on returnees' intentions to become entrepreneurs.
As an AGSM Fellow, Salih is engaged with various AGSM MBA programs. He is the recipient of 2008 and 2011 AGSM MBA Teaching Excellence in a Core Course Award at the UNSW Business School.
2020 Winner of Best Paper: Entrepreneurship & Context Award, Australian Center for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange (ACERE) 2020 Conference
2017 AGSM Bluestar Award
2015 2014 Corporate Governance – An International Review Best Paper Published in 2014 Award
2012 2011 AGSM MBA Teaching Excellence in a Core Course Award
2011 Winner of Best Paper Award, Australia-New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) 2011 Conference, Strategic Management Stream
2009 2008 AGSM MBA Teaching Excellence in a Core Course Award
2007 Winner of Stephan Schrader Best Paper Award from Technology and Innovation Management Division of Academy of Management (during the Academy of Management Conference, 2007)