Current Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award Recipient

President Alexander Gonzalez, Dr. Necmi Karagozoglu, Interim Provost Charles Gossett


Dr. Necmi Karagozoglu
Professor, Business Administration

Award Ceremony
Monday, May 6, 2013
4:00 – 5:00 p.m., University Union, California Suite
Reception to follow

Title of Lecture: Dark Side of Humanity and Neuroscience

Dr. Karagozoglu joined the faculty of the College of Business Administration at Sacramento State in 1984 after completing his Ph.D. in Strategic Management at the University of Oregon. He was promoted to Professor of Strategic Management in 1989. He received his master’s from North Dakota State University in 1978 in Industrial Engineering and Management and his bachelor’s from the University of North Dakota in 1975. He has spent his entire academic career at Sacramento State.

Dr. Karagozoglu has left an indelible mark of scholarship on a range of management fields, with particular emphasis on management of technology innovation and business strategy. He has published twenty-seven peer-reviewed journal articles, mostly in highly regarded journals with several of them top ranked in various specialty fields. He has also presented numerous papers at a variety of national and international conferences. The voluminous citation record of Dr. Karagozoglu’s publications (source: Google Scholar Search Utility) succinctly captures the impact of his contribution. The top six scholarly articles authored by him, some of them published in the Eighties and Nineties, have garnered more than six hundred citations to date. Over the most recent two-year period, the number of citations increased by over 41%. This impressive growth in the number of citations from a higher base demonstrates the enduring and influential nature of his work.

Particularly noteworthy is Dr. Karagozoglu’s record of being ahead of the curve in anticipating important future research areas before they become mainstream. As strategic planning began to gain ground in the not-for-profit sector during the Eighties, his empirical study on “Strategic Planning in Quasi-government Enterprises” was published in Long-Range Planning, a top-ranked journal; before faster product development cycles as a management idea became vogue in the early Nineties, his widely cited article, “Leading the Way to Faster New Product Development,” appeared in the influential Academy of Management Executive; when globalization was becoming a buzzword in the Nineties, he published his most cited article, “Internationalization of Small- and Medium-Sized Technology-Based Firms: An Exploratory Study,” in the highly regarded Journal of Small Business Management; several years before environmental management took the center stage of business conduct, his widely cited article, “Environmental Management: Testing the Win-Win Model,” was a harbinger of the research agenda in that field, and appeared in the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, another leading journal. Currently, he leads a team of researchers from the Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration and Aalto Institute, Finland, on a pio- neering study of neuroentrepreneurship. This experimental study using 40 subjects and functional magnetic resonance imaging machines is based on Dr. Karagozoglu’s working paper, “A Neuro Study Exploring the Emotional Meta Experiences for Entrepreneurs via Romantic and Parental Love Metaphors.”

In recognition of his international standing among scholars, he has often been invited to the prestigious Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration in Helsinki, Finland, beginning some 20 years ago, as a research fellow and to teach doctoral seminars. He has taught doctoral seminars at that institution including Management of Technology and Innovation, Strategic Management of Small and Medium Sized Firms, and Corporate Entrepreneurship. Most recently, in June 2012, he was invited to teach the doctoral seminar Entrepreneurship: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and New Directions. He has also published several journal articles with their faculty.

Consistent with our university’s teaching mission, his research is centered on our students’ learning needs, pursuing research that bridges practice and theory with the curriculum. The strategic management and entrepreneurship courses that he typically teaches are laced with case studies and practical illustrations gleaned from his nearly three decades of scholarship and consulting. He frequently invites successful entrepreneurs and managers as guest speakers in his classes and uses consulting cases. This not only offers exposure for our students in tackling real-life business issues but also, in return, helps the small businesses and entrepreneurs in the community to succeed.

Abstract of Award Lecture
The information age marks the peak in human civilization with unparalleled technological sophistication enabling a myriad of possibilities for a rich human experience in the context of a knowledge-based society. For example, innovations in biotechnology will continue to transform medicine and information technologies and enable the performance of most difficult tasks with unprecedented accuracy and efficiency. Juxtaposed against these amazing advances is the dark side of human experience. A threat of nuclear war; preference of war over diplomacy or other alternatives; the rise of religious fundamentalism; the global financial crisis; terrorism; and unsustainable industrial practices with serious threat to the environment. All are examples of this dark side, and they are very real yet irrational behaviors. These acts flow from socially constructed rhetoric and realities and may involve celebrated leaders, upstanding citizens, local heroes, smart professionals and ordinary citizens as champions for the bad deeds. Why do otherwise normal people make irrational, self-defeating decisions with devastating consequences? Social sciences have long addressed this question, hitherto, but fell short of “scientific” explanations and robust root-cause analysis due to methodological limitations. Neuroscience and social neuroscience, in particular, hold promise to uncover root causes of these dark behaviors. Ensuing knowledge in this connection, through further advances in neuroscience and its application based on critical and conscientious thought, will be potentially instrumental and transformative to deconstruct and reshape the behaviors that represent the dark side of humanity.