Mustafa Ozbilgin



Director of Research and Professor of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour and Associate Dean (Equality & Diversity)

I am a Professor of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour and the Associate Dean for Equality and Diversity at the College of Arts, Business and Social Sciences (CBASS). I conduct research and publish on equality, diversity and inclusion at work from comparative and international perspectives. I am the editor in chief of the European Academy of Management, the official journal of the European Academy of Management and serve at the Editorial Boards of journals such as Academy of Management Learning and Education, British Journal of Management and Gender Work and Organization. I have founded and directed for ten years the annual international conference, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. I currently chair positions at the Université Paris-Dauphine and Koç University, Istanbul. I have held visiting appointments among others at Cornell University, Japan Institute of Labour and Training, Macquarie University, Patheon-Assas University of Paris, and University of Sydney, among others. Previously I held academic posts at University of East Anglia, Queen Mary University of London, University of Surrey and University of Hertfordshire. I haveresearched, consulted and co-ordinated projects for governments, the European  Union, European Commission, Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy and professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and state regulators such as the Equality and Human Rights Commission as well as commercial organisations. I have extensive experience of supervising doctoral students to completion and teaching at executive education programmes.

Research area(s)

  • Global diversity management
  • Comparative employment relations
  • Social and organisational change
  • Discrimination at work
  • International perspectives on equality at work
  • Intersecting inequalities at work
  • Academic labour process

Additional Information

Curriculum Vitae

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Research interests

My research interests focuses on equality, diversity and inclusion at work from international and comparative perspectives, drawing mainly on sociology theory. In particular, I am interested in engaged scholarship that can support the development of theory and practices that promote equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights across public, private and voluntary sector organisations in Britain and internationally. I have published in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Human Resource Management, Journal of Vocational Behaviour and Human Relations, and have published or edited 15 books and numerous special issues.

Research group(s)



Global Diversity Management; Qualitative Research Methods; International Human Resource Management

Selected Publications

Journal articles

Özbilgin, M. , Tatli, A. , Ipek, G.  and Sameer, M.   (2016)   'Four approaches to accounting for diversity in global organisations'. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 35 pp. 88 - 99. doi: 10.1016/ Download publication 

Ergur, A. , Yamak, S.  and Özbilgin, M.   (2015)   'Understanding the changing nature of the relationship between the state and business elites'. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 43 pp. 107 - 129. doi: 10.1108/S0733-558X20150000043016 

Kakabadse, NK. , Figueira, C. , Nicolopoulou, K. , Hong Yang, J. , et al.   (2015)   'Gender diversity and board performance: Women's experiences and perspectives'. Human Resource Management, 54 (2).  pp. 265 - 281. doi: 10.1002/hrm.21694 

Nicolopoulou, K. , Lucas, I. , Tatli, A. , Karatas-Ozkan, M. , et al.   (2015)   'Questioning the Legitimacy of Social Enterprises through Gramscian and Bourdieusian Perspectives: The Case of British Social Enterprises'. Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, 6 (2).  pp. 161 - 185. doi: 10.1080/19420676.2014.961095 

Tatli, A. , Nicolopoulou, K. , Oezbilgin, M. , Karatas-Ozkan, M.  and Oeztuerk, MB.   (2015)   'Questioning impact: interconnection between extra-organizational resources and agency of equality and diversity officers'. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, 26 (9).  pp. 1243 - 1258. doi: 10.1080/09585192.2014.934893 

Nentwich, JC. , Ozbilgin, MF.  and Tatli, A.   (2015)   'Change agency as performance and embeddedness: Exploring the possibilities and limits of Butler and Bourdieu'. Culture and Organization, 21 (3).  pp. 235 - 250. doi: 10.1080/14759551.2013.851080 

Al Ariss, A. , Oezbilgin, M. , Tatli, A.  and April, K.   (2014)   'Tackling Whiteness in organizations and management'. JOURNAL OF MANAGERIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 29 (4).  pp. 362 - 369. doi: 10.1108/JMP-10-2013-0331 

Yamak, S. , Ergur, A. , Ünsal, A. , Uygur, S.  and Özbilgin, M.   (2014)   'Between a rock and a hard place: corporate elites in the context of religion and secularism in Turkey'. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 26 (11).  pp. 1474 - 1497. doi: 10.1080/09585192.2014.938678 Download publication 

Tatli, A. , Vassilopoulou, J. , Ozbilgin, M. , Forson, C.  and Slutskaya, N.   (2014)   'A Bourdieuan Relational Perspective for Entrepreneurship Research'. JOURNAL OF SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT, 52 (4).  pp. 615 - 632. doi: 10.1111/jsbm.12122 

Sayce, S.  and Özbilgin, MF.   (2014)   'Pension trusteeship and diversity in the UK: A new boardroom recipe for change or continuity?'. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 35 (1).  pp. 49 - 69. doi: 10.1177/0143831X12462489 

Ozbilgin, M.   (2014)   'Promoting Diversity in Management Scholarship: Opening the Doors for Multiple Languages, and Interdisciplinary Dialogue and Developing Our Communities'. EUROPEAN MANAGEMENT REVIEW, 11 (1).  pp. 1 - 4. doi: 10.1111/emre.12027 

Nentwich, JC. , Ozbilgin, MF.  and Tatli, A.   (2013)   'Change agency as performance and embeddedness: Exploring the possibilities and limits of Butler and Bourdieu'. Culture and Organization. doi: 10.1080/14759551.2013.851080 

Brewis, J.  and Ozbilgin, M.   (2013)   'Introducing Recovery and Organization'. CULTURE AND ORGANIZATION, 19 (5).  pp. 371 - 376. doi: 10.1080/14759551.2013.848631 

Baruch, Y. , Ghobadian, A.  and Ozbilgin, M.   (2013)   'Open Access the Wrong Response to a Complex Question: The Case of the Finch Report'. BRITISH JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT, 24 (2).  pp. 147 - 155. doi: 10.1111/1467-8551.12016 

Tatli, A. , Vassilopoulou, J.  and Özbilgin, M.   (2013)   'An unrequited affinity between talent shortages and untapped female potential: The relevance of gender quotas for talent management in high growth potential economies of the Asia Pacific region'. International Business Review, 22 (3).  pp. 539 - 553. doi: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2012.07.005 

Sang, K. , Al-Dajani, H.  and Oezbilgin, M.   (2013)   'Frayed Careers of Migrant Female Professors in British Academia: An Intersectional Perspective'. GENDER WORK AND ORGANIZATION, 20 (2).  pp. 158 - 171. doi: 10.1111/gwao.12014 

Jonsen, K. , Tatli, A. , Özbilgin, MF.  and Bell, MP.   (2013)   'The tragedy of the uncommons: Reframing workforce diversity'. Human Relations, 66 (2).  pp. 271 - 294. doi: 10.1177/0018726712466575 

al Ariss, A. , Koall, I. , Özbilgin, M. , Özbilgin, M.  and Suutari, V.   (2013)   'Careers of skilled migrants'. Journal of Management Development, 32 (2).  pp. 148 - 151. doi: 10.1108/02621711311305656 

Al Ariss, A. , Vassilopoulou, J. , Özbilgin, MF.  and Game, A.   (2013)   'Understanding career experiences of skilled minority ethnic workers in France and Germany'. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 24 (6).  pp. 1236 - 1256. doi: 10.1080/09585192.2012.709190 

Tatli, A. , Vassilopoulou, J. , Al Ariss, A.  and Ozbilgin, M.   (2012)   'The role of regulatory and temporal context in the construction of diversity discourses: The case of the UK, France and Germany'. European Journal of Industrial Relations, 18 (4).  pp. 293 - 308. doi: 10.1177/0959680112461092 

  (2012)   'Careers of skilled migrants: Towards a theoretical and methodological expansion'. Journal of Management Development, 31 (2).  pp. 92 - 101. doi: 10.1108/02621711211199511 

  (2012)   'Surprising intersectionalities of inequality and privilege: The case of the arts and cultural sector'. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, 31 (3).  pp. 249 - 265. doi: 10.1108/02610151211209108 

  (2012)   'An Emic Approach to Intersectional Study of Diversity at Work: A Bourdieuan Framing'. International Journal of Management Reviews, 14 (2).  pp. 180 - 200. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2370.2011.00326.x 

  (2012)   'International Transfer of Policies and Practices of Gender Equality in Employment to and among Muslim Majority Countries'. Gender, Work and Organization, 19 (4).  pp. 345 - 369. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0432.2010.00515.x 

Forstenlechner, I. , Lettice, F.  and Özbilgin, MF.   (2012)   'Questioning quotas: Applying a relational framework for diversity management practices in the United Arab Emirates'. Human Resource Management Journal, 22 (3).  pp. 299 - 315. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-8583.2011.00174.x 

Özbilgin, MF.   (2011)   'Leadership in Turkey: Toward an evidence based and contextual approach'. . pp. 275 - 296. 

  (2011)   'Work-Life, Diversity and Intersectionality: A Critical Review and Research Agenda'. International Journal of Management Reviews, 13 (2).  pp. 177 - 198. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2370.2010.00291.x 

  (2011)   'Mapping out the field of equality and diversity: Rise of individualism and voluntarism'. Human Relations, 64 (9).  pp. 1229 - 1253. doi: 10.1177/0018726711413620 

  (2011)   'Cross-cultural perspectives of diversity within family businesses'. International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 11 (2).  pp. 107 - 111. doi: 10.1177/1470595811419005 

Özbilgin, MF.   (2011)   'Continuity and Change: Improving our Service to the BJM Community and Moving Towards Contextual Studies of Management'. British Journal of Management, 22 (1).  pp. 1 - 3. 

Forstenlechner, I. , Lettice, F.  and Özbilgin, MF.   (2011)   'Questioning quotas: Applying a relational framework for diversity management practices in the United Arab Emirates'. Human Resource Management Journal

  (2011)   'Gendered forms of othering in UK hospital medicine: Nostalgia as resistance against the modern doctor'. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, 30 (6).  pp. 498 - 509. doi: 10.1108/02610151111157710 

Tatli, A.  and Özbilgin, MF.   (2011)   'An Emic Approach to Intersectional Study of Diversity at Work: A Bourdieuan Framing'. International Journal of Management Reviews

  (2011)   'Understanding the interplay of time, gender and professionalism in hospital medicine in the UK'. Social Science and Medicine, 72 (10).  pp. 1588 - 1594. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.03.030 

  (2011)   'Voice, silence, and diversity in 21st century organizations: Strategies for inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender employees'. Human Resource Management, 50 (1).  pp. 131 - 146. doi: 10.1002/hrm.20401 

Karataş-Özkan, M. , Inal, G.  and Özbilgin, MF.   (2010)   'Turkey'. . pp. 175 - 188. 

  (2010)   'Managing gender diversity in Pakistan and Turkey: A historical review'. . pp. 11 - 26. 

  (2010)   'Managing gender diversity in Asia: A research companion'. Managing Gender Diversity in Asia: A Research Companion

Syed, J.  and Özbilgin, MF.   (2010)   'Managing Cultural Diversity in Asia: A Research Companion'. Managing Cultural Diversity in Asia: A Research Companion

Özbilgin, MF.  and Syed, J.   (2010)   'Introduction: Theorising and managing gender diversity in the Asian context'. Managing Gender Diversity in Asia: A Research Companion. pp. 1 - 7. 

  (2010)   'Introduction: Diversity management travels to underexplored territories'. Managing Cultural Diversity in Asia: A Research Companion. pp. 1 - 13. 

  (2010)   'High-technology entrepreneurs: Equality, diversity and inclusion'. . pp. 301 - 314. 

  (2010)   'Scholarship of consequence: New directions for the British Journal of Management'. British Journal of Management, 21 (1).  pp. 1 - 6. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8551.2010.00691.x 

  (2010)   'Understanding self- initiated expatriates: Career experiences of Lebanese self-initiated expatriates in France'. Thunderbird International Business Review, 52 (4).  pp. 275 - 285. doi: 10.1002/tie.20355 

Healy, G. , Kirton, G. , Ozbilgin, M.  and Oikelome, F.   (2010)   'Competing rationalities in the diversity project of the UK judiciary: The politics of assessment centres'. HUMAN RELATIONS, 63 (6).  pp. 807 - 834. doi: 10.1177/0018726709343335 

  (2010)   'Diversity management for innovation in social enterprises in the UK'. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 22 (6).  pp. 557 - 574. doi: 10.1080/08985626.2010.488404 

Tatli, A.  and Özbilgin, MF.   (2009)   'Agency in management of change: Bringing in relationality, situatedness and foresight'. . pp. 249 - 259. 

  (2009)   'Thank you reviewers!'. Group and Organization Management, 34 (1).  pp. 140 - 145. doi: 10.1177/1059601108329743 

Beauregard, TA. , Oezbilgin, M.  and Bell, MP.   (2009)   'Revisiting the social construction of family in the context of work'. JOURNAL OF MANAGERIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 24 (1-2).  pp. 46 - 65. doi: 10.1108/02683940910922537 

Syed, J. , Ozbilgin, M. , Torunoglu, D.  and Ali, F.   (2009)   'Rescuing gender equality from the false dichotomies of secularism versus shariah in Muslim majority countries'. WOMENS STUDIES INTERNATIONAL FORUM, 32 (2).  pp. 67 - 79. doi: 10.1016/j.wsif.2009.03.007 

Özbilgin, MF.   (2009)   'From journal rankings to making sense of the world'. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 8 (1).  pp. 113 - 121. 

  (2009)   'Understanding diversity managers' role in organizational change: Towards a conceptual framework'. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 26 (3).  pp. 244 - 258. doi: 10.1002/cjas.107 

Syed, J.  and Oezbilgin, M.   (2009)   'A relational framework for international transfer of diversity management practices'. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, 20 (12).  pp. 2435 - 2453. doi: 10.1080/09585190903363755 

  (2008)   'Strategies for combating gendered perceptions of careers'. Career Development International, 13 (4).  pp. 320 - 332. doi: 10.1108/13620430810880817 

  (2008)   'Choosing a career in management: An interdisciplinary multicultural perspective'. Career Development International, 13 (4).  pp. 285 - 290. doi: 10.1108/13620430810880781 

Dexter, BP. , Forson, C. , Inal, G. , Karataş-Özkan, M. , et al.   (2007)   'Convergence and divergence of influences on career choice: A comparative analysis of influences on career choices of MBA students in China, Ghana, Greece, Israel, Korea, North Cyprus, Turkey and the UK'. . pp. 23 - 50. 

Özbilgin, MF.  and Tatli, A.   (2007)   'Career constraints in the creative and cultural industries in London: The case of work placement and training experience'. . pp. 397 - 429. 

Özbilgin, MF.  and Malach-Pines, A.   (2007)   'Career choice in management and entrepreneurship: A research companion'. Career Choice in Management and Entrepreneurship: A Research Companion

Kusku, F. , Ozbilgin, M.  and Ozkale, L.   (2007)   'Against the tide: Gendered prejudice and disadvantage in engineering'. GENDER WORK AND ORGANIZATION, 14 (2).  pp. 109 - 129. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0432.2007.00335.x 

  (2007)   'Global diversity management: Towards a conceptual framework'. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 18 (11).  pp. 1883 - 1894. doi: 10.1080/09585190701638077 

  (2006)   'Relational perspectives in organizational studies: A research companion'. Relational Perspectives in Organizational Studies: A Research Companion

Desombre, T. , Kelliher, C. , Macfarlane, F.  and Ozbilgin, M.   (2006)   'Re-organizing work roles in health care: Evidence from the implementation of functional flexibility'. BRITISH JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT, 17 (2).  pp. 139 - 151. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8551.2005.00473.x 

Healy, G. , Ozbilgin, M.  and Aliefendioglu, H.   (2005)   'Academic employment and gender: A Turkish challenge to vertical sex segregation'. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, 11 (2).  pp. 247 - 264. doi: 10.1177/0959680105053966 

Ozbilgin, M. , Kusku, F.  and Erdogmus, N.   (2005)   'Explaining influences on career 'choice': the case of MBA students in comparative perspective'. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, 16 (11).  pp. 2000 - 2028. doi: 10.1080/09585190500314797 

Ozbilgin, M.   (2004)   '"International" human resource management - Academic parochialism in editorial boards of the "top" 22 journals on international human resource management'. PERSONNEL REVIEW, 33 (2).  pp. 205 - 221. doi: 10.1108/00434804105180559 

Ozbilgin, M.  and Healy, G.   (2004)   'The gendered nature of career development of university professors: the case of Turkey'. JOURNAL OF VOCATIONAL BEHAVIOR, 64 (2).  pp. 358 - 371. doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2002.09.001 

  (2004)   ''Belonging' and 'otherness': Sex equality in banking in Turkey and Britain'. Gender, Work and Organization, 11 (6).  pp. 668 - 688. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0432.2004.00254.x 


Ozbilgin, MF.  and Syed, J.   (2011) Diversity Management in Asia.  Edward Elgar Publishing 

Syed, J.  and Özbilgin, M.   (2010) Managing cultural diversity in Asia.  Edward Elgar Publishing 

Özbilgin, M.  and Malach Pines, A.   (2010) Handbook of research on high-technology entrepreneurs.  Edward Elgar Pub 

Özbilgin, MF.  and Malach-Pines, A.   (2009) Career Choice in Management and Entrepreneurship.   

Özbilgin, M.  and Tatli, A.   (2008) Global diversity management.  Palgrave MacMillan 

Book chapters

Balta, ME.  (2014)   'Employee retention', in Ozbilgin, M. , Groutsis, D.  and Harvey, W. (eds.) International Human Resource Management.  Cambridge University Press 

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