Ali is a Doctoral Candidate at Saïd Business School and a Lecturer at Magdalen College, University of Oxford. He is also a member of Christ Church, Oxford, the Centre for Professional Services Firms, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, research fellow at LEAD, the Mercator Capacity Building Center for Leadership and Advocacy, associate member of the Think Tank 30 of the Club of Rome, Head of the Advisory Board of the Social Incubator Zahnräder Network and Non-Executive Director in an education as well as in a finance company.
Prior to his DPhil, Ali was a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. He gained an MSc in Management Research, graduating with Distinction from Saïd Business School and Green Templeton College, Oxford, a Diplôme in Social Sciences from Sciences Po Paris and a First Class Honours for his BSc in Economics, Politics and International Studies from Warwick University. He has a certificate in Islamic Finance Executive Education from Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and was an Affiliate at the Institute for Science, Innovation & Society, University of Oxford.
At the heart of Ali’s research are issues around organisations and society. Ali’s thesis employs an institutional perspective to explore the intersection of religion and organisations. In a related research project he looks at Islamic Entrepreneurship. He has published an article on Entrepreneurship from an Islamic Perspective in 2014 in the Journal of Business Ethics and on Boundaries and Knowledge in a Sufi Dhikr Circle in 2012 in the Journal of Management Development.
Ali’s research interests include: organisation theory, entrepreneurship, business ethics and leadership. He examines the role of religion in entrepreneurship and leadership as well as organizational hybridity and societal complexity.
Publications & Presentations
Gümüşay, A.A., & Bohné, T.M. On Entrepreneurial Competencies.
Gümüşay, A.A., Smets, M. & Morris, T. On Institutional Logics, Complexity & Hybridity.
Gümüşay, A.A. On Institutional Complexity.
Gümüşay, A.A. On Religion & Leadership.
Gümüşay, A.A., 2015. Entrepreneurship from an Islamic Perspective. Journal of Business Ethics. 130:1, pp. 199-208.
Gümüşay, A.A., 2012. Knowledge & Boundaries in a Sufi Dhikr Circle. Journal of Management Development. 31:10, pp. 1077-1089.
Diehl, K., Gründinger, W. & Gümüşay, A.A. 2013. 7 Virtues Reloaded. Berlin: Vergangenheitsverlag.
Gümüşay, A.A. 2015. Entrepreneurship - an Islamic Perspective, chapter in Kozali, A., Salami, I. & Thabti, S. (eds), Islamic Economic Law, Peter Lang, forthcoming.
Gümüşay, A.A. 2014. The Zahnräder Network, chapter in Rohe, M., Engin, H. Khorchide, M., Öszoy, Ö. Schmid, H. (eds), Handbook Christianity and Islam in Germany, Herder, pp. 1236-1245.
Gümüşay, A.A., 2012. The role of Muslim Elites in Germany & Europe, chapter in Prof. Dr. Ceylan, Rauf (ed.), Islam and Diaspora , Peter Lang.
Gümüşay, A.A. & Liebig, D., 2012, 2013, 2014. Chapter in "Perspektive Unternehmensberatung". e-fellows.net.
Gümüşay, A.A., 2008 & 2009. Chapter in "Perspektive Unternehmensberatung". e-fellows.net.
Selected Conference Presentations and Lectures
Murabbi Executive Leadership Program, on Strategic & Responsible Leadership, 2014
Oxford Diploma in Organisational Leadership, University of Oxford, on Research Methods, 2014
Islamic Finance Summer School, Durham University, on Islamic Entrepreneurship & Finance, 2014
Advanced Strategic Leadership Program, Oxford, MBA class on Entrepreneurial Opportunities & Leadership, 2014
Initiatives of Change, Caux, on Responsible Leadership, 2014
Brasenose College, University of Oxford, on Innovation & Change, 2014
Islamic Law & Society Discussion Group, Faculty of Law, Oxford University, on Islam & Business, 2014
Islamic Economic Law Conference, University of Osnabrück, on Islam & Entrepreneurship, 2014
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, on Organization Theory, 2014
World Islamic Economic Forum, on Institutional Change & Entrepreneurship in Higher Education, 2013.
EGOS, on Entrepreneurial Networks & Capital, 2013
University of Münster, on Management & Religion: Wirtschaft & Religion, 2013
British Academy of Management, on Academic Entrepreneurship, 2012
Academy of Management, on Academic Entrepreneurship, 2012
Istanbul Üniversitesi, on Knowledge Transfer & Social Change: Bilgi Transferi ve Sosyal Değişim, 2012
Practical Wisdom for Management from the Islamic Tradition Conference in Morocco, “Firm Knowledge & Fluid Boundaries”, 2011
University of Osnabrück, on the Role of Muslim Elites in Germany & Europe, 2011
Ali is the Head of the Advisory Board of the social incubator Zahnräder Network. He co-founded Zahnräder in 2010 and was its Chairman until 2013. Zahnräder encourages and enables social entrepreneurship in Germany and has been supported, for example, by the British Council, Youth for Europe and Ashoka Changemakers and won the Social Entrepreneurship Academy Public Choice Award in 2012.
Ali is a member of the Think Tank 30 of the Club of Rome and co-edited a book in German called 7 Virtues Reloaded. Recently, he was selected as one of 99 foreign policy leaders under the age of 33 by Diplomatic Courier. He is Non-Executive Director in various ventures, mentored the 2012 regional winner of the Saïd Global Entrepreneurship Challenge. Ali and two colleagues also won the Exist-scholarship from the German Federal Ministry of Economics & Technology worth 100,000 Euros. They subsequently turned it down due to other commitments.
At Oxford, Ali conducted undergraduate admission interviews for Merton College and admissions essay marking for Christ Church.
Ali is Lecturer at Magdalen College, previously being a Tutor in Strategy at St. Catherine's College. He has taught lectures and seminars at undergraduate, graduate and executive level in subjects such as Organization Theory, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Business Ethics and Strategy with class sizes ranging from 3 to 120 students and spoke at various events with an audience of up to 3000 people. Ali has lectured, for instance, for the Executive Diploma in Organisational Leadership and the undergraduate management course at SBS, and to undergraduates, MBAs and executives for Asian, Middle Eastern and US universities. Other invited talks were, for example, at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Brasenose College, Somerville College Chapel, St. Benet’s Hall, the University of Münster, World Muslim Leadership Forum, Istanbul University, Impact Initiatives for Change, Eurasia Consortium, the University of Osnabrück and Durham University Islamic Finance Summer School.
Ali is also the recipient of the Oxford University Teaching Excellence Award for innovative, participatory, interactive and reflective teaching as well as the Magdalen College Apgar Prize for Teaching. Since 2015, he is a recognized Fellow of Higher Education.