Berna Polat Aksu

Berna Aksu

Overview

Professional Overview: 

Department Chair

Stull Professor of Entrepreneurship

Associate Professor of Strategy and Global Business

Director, Center for the Regional Economy

Department: 
School of Economics and Business Administration » Management and Entrepreneurship
SMC Email Address: 
Contact Information: 

Office
Power Plant 111

Contact:
Phone: 925-631-4041
Email: bp4@stmarys-ca.edu

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

Professional Experience

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).

Courses Taught

Recently Taught:

  • GMAN 512, GMAN 513, GMAN 713, GMAN 314, GMAN 317, GMAN 511

 

Regularly Taught:

  • GMAN 512, GMAN 513, GMAN 713, GMAN 317

Service

Chair:

  • Program and Curriculum Committee
    (2011 - 2012)
  • Search Committees for SEBA - Full-Time Tenure-Trac
    (2010)
    Chair, Search Committees for SEBA - Full-Time Tenure-Track Faculty in two discipline areas: Strategic Management, and Business, Ethics, and Society, St. Mary’s College, 2010

 

Professional:

  • Member, Search Committee for SEBA – Full-Time Tenure-Track Faculty in International Business
    (2011 - 2011)
  • Faculty Advisor, Graduate Business Programs Net Impact Chapter
    (2011)
  • Member, Graduate Business Curriculum Revision Committee
    (2010 - 2011)
    SEBA, St. Mary’s College, 2010-2011, also member of three subcommittees in different discipline areas
  • Faculty Advisor, Moraga Evening EMBA Program
    (2009 - Present)
  • Faculty Lead, SEBA Strategic Collaboration with the Keiretsu Forum
    (2009 - 2012)
  • Member, Grade Grievance Committee
    (2009)
  • Member, College Faculty Development Fund Committee
    (2008 - 2011)
  • Member, Senate Institutional Marketing Committee
    (2008 - 2009)
  • Member, University International Programs Interview Committee
    (2007 - 2008)
    CSUEB
  • Member, College Rankings Task Force Subcommittee
    (2000 - 2009)

Presentations

Selected Presentations

  • Unleashing Creativity in Business Students: Challenges and Opportunities. (Symposium Organizer and Participant Presenter). Annual International Meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim, California (August 2016)
  • 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)

 

Invited Presentations and Conferences

  • Ayasdi: Demystifying the Unknown. Aksu, Berna, with Morgan, Craig, and Cooper, Jessica. SEBA Research Colloquium (October 2016)
  • Facilitator, Strategic Planning Retreat, SEBA Graduate Business Alumni Council, Danville, California (October 2015)
  • Council of Independent Colleges Workshop for Department and Division Chairs, San Diego, California, (June 2015)
  • Presenter, President’s Circle Dinner, Saint Mary’s College, San Francisco, California, (May 2014)
  • Presenter, Bay Area – State of the Economy, Orinda Rotary Club, Orinda, California, (January 2014)
  • Keynote Speaker, Growth Strategies for Small-to-Medium Sized Businesses, MOON Collaborative, Los Gatos, California, (November 2013)
  • Participant, National Conference on Business Development in Underserved Communities, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, (July 2013)
  • 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

  • Aksu, B. P. (2016). Impact of Venture Capitalists on Founder Turnover: Implications for Firm Governance. Strategic Management Quarterly, 4(2) 11-28.
  • 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

Honors, Awards & Grants

Awards: 
  • Stull Professor of Entrepreneurship - Saint Mary's College of California (2016, 2012)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Saint Mary’s College (2015)
  • Outstanding Faculty Service Award - Saint Mary's College of California, School of Economics and Business Administration (2014, 2011)
Grants: 
  • Faculty Development Fund Grants - Saint Mary's College of California (2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009)
  • Center for Regional Economy, Entrepreneurship Grant ($50,000) (2013)
  • CBE Moscow Program Research Grant - CSU East Bay, Hayward (2008, 2007)

Interests

Scholarly Interests: 

Interests

  • Strategy, Global Management, Entrepreneurship
    Strategic management, entrepreneurship, governance, emergence and evolution of new ventures and new markets, competitive strategy in dynamic industry environments, learning and innovation, international entrepreneurship, social responsibility