Last meeting of “Colloquium and President’s Tea” held on leadership and business ethics

Aiming to gather and socialize faculty members of our university in a family-friendly atmosphere, the last meeting of “Colloquium and President’s Tea,” for the 2018-2019 academic year, was held yesterday at our Başakşehir Campus at 14:00.

Within the scope of the colloquium, our faculty member of Management Department Dr. Sümeyye Kuşakcı delivered a presentation titled “Leadership and Business Ethics in the Turkish-Islamic Thoughts.”

Dr. Kuşakcı, who is interested in the areas of Business Ethics, Leadership, Human Resources Management and Strategic Management, stated that her presentation is based on both her doctoral dissertation entitled “Islamic Books of Advice: An Aspiration Applicable to Modern Management,” and a paper of her published in 2017 under the title of “An Ethical Administration Trilogy: The Concepts of Justice, Integrity, and Benevolence Based on Kutadgu Bilig and Siyāsat-nāma, Turkish Journal of Business Ethics”

In her presentation Dr. Kuşakcı stated that all books of advice through history talked about ethics and appreciated the leaders who had ethical behaviors and traits, except Machiavelli’s view which indicates that acquiring a state and maintaining it may require evil means.

According to Kuşakcı, there are many books of advice from ancient ages, medieval ages, and modern ages talking about ethics; such as Kalila and Dimna the book translated into Arabic in the Abbasid age, “Emirname” a letter written by Ali ibn Abi Ṭalib, books written by scholars such as al-Farabi and al-Ghazali.

Dr. Kuşakcı mentioned that she elected two books written in the 11th century for her study.

“My effort includes not only investigating the concepts of integrity, justice, and benevolence within the framework of Kutadgu Bilig and Siyasat-Nama, but also comparing and contrasting the findings through contemporary discussions on business ethics,” said Dr. Kuşakcı.

As Kuşakcı says, for business corporations to achieve sustainability, mutual trust between leader and followers, justice, integrity and benevolence “İhsan” atmosphere of work must be attained.

Dr. Kuşakcı concluded that as Islamic Circle of Justice can achieve rightness to the state; the organizational justice is also can bring sustainability to the business organization.

“In order to make people buy company’s products, a company should have satisfied customers, and to attain such customers an innovated product should be created by creative and innovative human resources,” added Dr. Kuşakcı.

November 2, 2018 was the date of the first colloquium meeting conducted, with our President Professor Recep Şentürk’s offering tea to our academicians and discussing the latest developments in researches and publishes carried out by our university’s faculty members.