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Berna Aksu  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  |  Service  

Education:

  • PhD, Strategic Management University of Washington School of Business, Seattle, 2005
  • MBA, Finance and Marketing San Francisco State University, 1994
  • BA, International Relations and Political Science Bosphorus University, Istanbul, Turkey, 1990

Teaching Experience:

  • Don Von and Aaron K. Stull Endowed Professor of Entrepreneurship - Saint Mary's College of California (2012 - Present)
    School of Economics and Business Administration
  • Associate Professor - Saint Mary's College of California (2011 - Present)
    Graduate Business Programs. Teaching Business Strategy, Global Management, Business Ethics, and Management of Innovation in the Executive, Professional, Hybrid (partially via web conferencing), Barcelona, and Transglobal Executive MBA Programs.
  • Assistant Professor - Saint Mary's College of California (2008 - 2010)
    Graduate Business Programs. Teaching Business Strategy, Global Management, Business Ethics, and Management of Innovation in the Executive, Professional, Hybrid (partially via web conferencing), Barcelona, and Transglobal Executive MBA Programs.
  • Assistant Professor - CSU East Bay, Hayward (2004 - 2008)
    Department of Management. Teaching Business, Government and Society (foundation), Strategic Management (capstone), Global Strategic Management (elective), and Competitive Strategy (elective) in the executive, graduate, and undergraduate programs (East Bay and Concord campuses, and Moscow, Russia).

Awards:

  • Stull Professor of Entrepreneurship - Saint Mary's College of California (June 2012)
  • • Outstanding Faculty Service Award - Saint Mary's College of California (2011)
    School of Economics and Business Administration
  • • CBE Moscow Program Research Grant - CSU East Bay, Hayward (2008)

Grant:

  • Faculty Development Fund Grant - Saint Mary's College of California (2011)
    2011-2012, 2010-2011, 2009-2010

Presentations:

Selected Presentations

  • Conflicts of Interest in Venture Capital-Backed IPO Firms. Aksu, Berna, Zhang, Tina and Wang, Haizhi (paper)
    International Academy of Business and Economics Conference
    (March 2012)
  • Aksu, Berna (panel or forum member)
    Competitive Strategy Teaching Workshop
    (November 2011)
  • Resource Acquisition and Firm Survival: An Examination of New Ventures in Innovation-Based Industries. Aksu, Berna and Basu, Sandip (paper)
    Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society
    (September 2010)
  • Venture Capitalists in Firm Governance: Impact on Founder Turnover. Aksu, Berna and Wadhwa, Anu (paper)
    Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference
    (June 2010)
  • Agency Conflicts in Venture Capital-Backed IPO Firms. Zhang, Tina and Polat, Berna (paper)
    Annual International Conference on Advances in Management
    (July 2009)
  • Can Successful Founders Hold on to Their Seats After Going Public? The Impact of Venture Capitalists on Founder Turnover. Polat, Berna and Wadhwa, Anu (paper)
    International Academy of Business and Economics Conference
    (October 2008)
  • Failure Patterns of New Ventures: A Survival Analysis and Performance Implications. Polat, Berna, Basu, Sandip and Hill, Charles W. L. (paper)
    Annual International Conference of the Academy of Management
    (August 2008)
  • Failure of New Ventures: A Survival Analysis of the Telecommunications Industry. Polat, Berna and Hill, Charles W. L. (paper)
    Global Conference on Business & Economics
    (October 2007)
  • Two Approaches to Integrating Ethics into the Business Curriculum. McKenzie, Brian and Polat, Berna (paper, primary presenter)
    Academic Business World International Conference
    (May 2007)

Conference

  • Competitive Strategy Junior Faculty and Paper Development Workshop. (invited)
    Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society
    Rome, Italy
    (September 2010)
  • Venture Capitalists in Firm Governance: Impact on Founder Turnover. Aksu, Berna and Wadhwa, A.
    SEBA Research Colloquium
    (May 2010)

Publications:

  • Zhang, Tina, Aksu, Berna & Wang, Haizhi. (2012). Conflicts of Interest in Venture Capital-Backed IPO Firms. Journal of International Finance and Economics.
  • Aksu, Berna. (2010). Resource Acquisition and Venture Survival in the Telecommunications Industry. In Lange, D., Zimmerman, C., Klingebiel, R. and Wall, S.(Eds.), Strategic Reconfigurations: Building Dynamic Capabilities in Rapid Innovation-based Industries (pp. 130-161). Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.
  • Aksu, Berna & Wadhwa, Anu. (2010). Venture Capitalists in Firm Governance: Impact on Founder Turnover. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, Vol. 30, Iss. 4, 129-142.
  • Polat, Berna & Wadhwa, Anu. (2008). Can Successful Founders Hold on to Their Seats After Going Public? The Impact of Venture Capitalists on Founder Turnover. Review of Business Research, Vol. 8, Iss. 6, 32-40.
  • McKenzie, Brian & Polat, Berna. (2007). Two Approaches to Integrating Ethics into the Business Curriculum. Journal of Learning in Higher Education, Vol. 3, Iss. 1, 65-72.
  • Polat, Berna and Hill, Charles W. L. 2007. Failure of New Ventures: A Survival Analysis of the Telecommunications Industry, 7th Global Conference on Business & Economics Proceedings
  • McKenzie, Brian and Polat, Berna. 2007. Two Approaches to Integrating Ethics into the Business Curriculum, Academic Business World International Conference Proceedings
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1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575
(925) 631-4000
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