OFEL 2018-Speaker Kamal Munir

Dr Kamal Munir has been teaching at Cambridge Judge Business School since 2000. Dr Munir's research focuses on social change and stability, as well as innovation and technological shifts in society. His research also spans the competitive advantage of nations.

Dr Munir has published several articles in leading organisational and technology journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Studies and Research Policy, and presented his work at numerous international conferences. At the same time, he has written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines including the Financial Times, The Guardian, Dawn and World Business. His work has been quoted and cited in several forums, including BBC's Hard Talk, and BusinessWeek. He is the founder of OTREG, an international discussion forum for organisational theorists, a Senior Editor of Organization Studies and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Management Inquiry. He is also a member of the Cambridge Corporate Governance Network (CCGN).

Dr Munir has consulted for the State Bank of Pakistan, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. He has also been a consultant to the governments of UK, Pakistan and Nigeria. In the private sector he served as a consultant and trainer for several leading organisations including McKinsey & Co; Shell Petroleum; and British Telecom. He is frequently invited internationally to speak on issues related to social, technological and economic change. Dr Munir is a Visiting Professor in Economic Sociology at LUMS, Pakistan, where he served as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2015/16.



OFEL 2018-Speaker Martin KenneyMartin Kenney

Distinguished Professor of Community and Regional Development at the University of California, Davis
Senior Project Director at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy

I have been the Senior Project Director at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy for the last two decades and am now a Senior Fellow at the Research Institute for the Finnish Economy. Starting in 2017, I became an Affiliated Professor at the Instituto di Management at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.  I was the Arthur Andersen Distinguished Visitor at the University of Cambridge and have been a visiting scholar at the Copenhagen Business School, Hitotsubashi, Kobe, Stanford, Tokyo Universities, and UC San Diego.

My scholarly interests are in understanding the interplay between technology, academic institutions, finance, and competition in capitalist economies and how these dynamics affect people and places. I began my academic career studying the impacts of the electric motor on the organization of the workplace and industrial location, but my Ph.D. dissertation was on how the commercialization of university-pioneered new biotechnologies affected university-industry relations, gave rise to the venture capital-backed biotechnology startup, and resulted in the reorganization of the drug development pipeline. This culminated in my first book Biotechnology: The University-Industrial Complex (Yale 1986). Upon receiving my Ph.D., I moved to Ohio State University, where I worked on two major projects. The first was exploring how the Japanese auto industry so successfully transplanted their operations from Japan to the United States. This culminated in the co-authored book Beyond Mass Production (Oxford 1993). The second project was motivated by my deep interest in venture capital and its uncanny success in funding new industries that transformed everyday life. This resulted in the co-authored book Breakthrough Illusion (Basic Books 1990). Breakthrough Illusion argued that as Silicon Valley developed new technologies it became separated from the manufacturing industries of the Midwest, which were already experiencing a significant decline. Influenced by my interest in Joseph Schumpeter’s work on how innovation in capitalist economies creates new economic spaces and my appointment at the University of California, Davis, my research shifted to high-technology electronics and information industries and, in particular, Silicon Valley’s role in driving these forward. In pursuing this research, I edited or co-edited the following books: Understanding Silicon Valley (Stanford 2000), Locating Global Advantage (Stanford 2004), Public Universities and Regional Growth (Stanford 2015 translated into Chinese for Tsinghua University Press), and China’s Innovation Challenge (Cambridge 2016 translated into Chinese for Beijing University Press). In addition to these books, I have published approximately 170 scholarly articles.

My current research can be divided into three interconnected streams:

1) Studies of the value of universities for technology development and economic growth.
2) The role of finance and particularly venture capital in the development of capitalist economies and, in particular, Silicon Valley.
3) The role of information and communication technologies, very often developed in Silicon Valley in transforming the greater economy and, in particular, the impact on work and interfirm competition.
I am a receiving editor at the world’s premier innovation research journal, Research Policy, and edited a Stanford University book series on innovation and technology.  In 2015, I received the University of California Office of the President’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership in Presidential Initiatives. My research has been funded by the NSF, the Kauffman, Sloan, and Matsushita Foundations, among others. My research has also attracted public interest and I am frequently quoted in the national and international press on innovation- and technology-related issues.



OFEL 2018-Speaker Mehmet Huseyin Bilgin

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Huseyin Bilgin is a full professor of economics at Istanbul Medeniyet University in Istanbul, Turkey and the chair of the International Economic Integration Division. Prior to joining Istanbul Medeniyet University, he taught many courses at Kadir Has University for many years and also served as a part-time professor at Yeditepe University. He has also held several visiting faculty positions such as visiting professor and visiting researcher at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), USA; Jacksonville University, USA; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and Zagreb University, Croatia.
Professor Bilgin has many articles published in reputed international journals and research papers presented at international conferences as well as published academic books. He has been involved in administration of various national and international scholarly institutions and taken part in various boards of the academic journals such as Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money; Singapore Economic Review, and Eurasian Economic Review. He is the chair of EAFPEB (Euro-Asia Forum in Politics, Economics and Business) and founder of Istanbul Economic Research Association in which he currently serves as the Chairman. He is also the founder of EBES (Eurasia Business and Economics Society) and currently serves as the Vice President. He has also been active as a consultant in several institutions, a newspaper columnist, and guest experts in several national TV programs.



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