Dr Rifat Kamasak is an Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship at Henley Business School. He is a member of the department of Leadership, Organisation and Behaviour, the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies and Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship.
Rifat worked in the food, confectionery, carpet, textile, metal, retail, trade and consultancy industries for nearly 20 years. He has led research, consultancy and training at many organisations and his family's traditional hand-made carpet business for five years simultaneously.
His interests are emerging markets, knowledge and innovation strategy, innovation and decision-making in leadership, atypical leaders, toxic leadership and equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) at work. He has led field studies on emerging markets in Turkey, China, Brazil and Sri Lanka. His research, empirically grounded and supported by international and national grants, focuses on increasing firm performance and effectiveness, facilitating firm innovation and changing policy and practice in equality and diversity at work. An engaged scholar, he is driven by values of workplace democracy, equality for all and humanisation of work. He has a special interest in English medium instruction in university settings and sociolinguistics, carrying out field research in these areas.
Rifat served as chair, academic committee member and keynote speaker at many conferences and is an honorary board member of the European Marketing and Management Association (EUMMAS). He earned MA and MSc degrees from Middlesex University London, Durham University and the University of Oxford, a PhD in Management Studies from the University of Exeter and a PhD in Organisational Theory from the University of Istanbul, Turkey.
- Knowledge and Innovation Management
- Strategy and Leadership
- Emerging Markets