Dr Deniz Yoruk
Dr Deniz E. Yoruk is a Research Fellow in Centre for Enterprise, Innovation and Growth (CEIG). Prior to joining Birmingham City Business School, she worked as teaching fellow in International Business and Economics at Aston Business School.
She holds a PhD in Innovation Management and Science and Technology Policy from SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
Having previously worked in various research projects funded by the European Union, ESRC and British Academy in Staffordshire University, the University of Sussex, University College London, and the University of Edinburgh, she has extensive experience in qualitative and quantitative research.
Her research covers a diverse range of industries and informs science, technology and industrial policies for local, regional and national economic development. Her research in CEIG focuses specifically on SME development and growth in the West Midlands.
Areas of Expertise
- Firm growth through innovation, upgrading capabilities and organisational learning in value chains and knowledge and innovation networks
- International business and strategy
- Emerging market economies
- Entrepreneurship and Regional development
- Quantitative and qualitative research methods
- PhD in Innovation Management, Science and Technology Policy – University of Sussex, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU)
- PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
- MA in contemporary European Studies – University of Sussex, Sussex European Institute (SEI)
- BSc in Economics
- Fellow, Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
- Member, British Academy of Management (BAM)
- Member, Academy of International Business (AIB)
- ‘Innovation and Markets’ module in Small Business Leadership Programme (Small Business Charter) - completed
- ‘Strategy and Innovation’ module in Help to Grow: Management Programme (Small Business Charter) and peer group workshops with the West Midlands SMEs – continuing
Currently, Deniz is working in the Promoting Sustainable Performance (PSP) project. Her research broadly focuses on SME development and growth in the West Midlands with subsequent policy development for the region. Her research interests in this area also cover digitalisation and innovation in SMEs, entrepreneurship and SME internationalisation.
Deniz has recently got BLSS Start-Up Grant for her research project entitled ‘Surviving Covid –Transforming SME Growth’ as principal investigator.
Eric Osei – ‘The entrepreneurship of ordinary places: SME adaptation in resource-limited contexts’
Humera Tariq Mahmood – ‘What drives SME growth? The Role of Governance, Financial Inclusion and Education’
Yoruk, D.E., R. Bunduchi, E. Yoruk, C. Crisan-Mitra, I-I. Salanta and E. L. Crisan (2021), “Pathways to innovation in Romanian Software SMEs: Exploring the impact of interdependencies between internationalization and knowledge sources”, Journal of International Management, 27 (4), 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intman.2021.100874
Yoruk, D.E. and M. Gilman (2021), “The SME Drag Effect in the West Midlands Economy”, Birmingham City Business School, Centre for Enterprise, Innovation and Growth, CEIG Report No.1/2021.
Yoruk, D.E. and M. Gilman (2021), “Understanding the SME Drag Effect in the West Midlands Economy – Findings of PSP Growth Diagnostic”, Birmingham City Business School, CEIG Report No.2/2021.
Yoruk, D.E. and M. Gilman (2021), “Addressing the SME Drag Effect – A Growth Framework for SMEs”, Birmingham City Business School, CEIG Report No.3/2021.
Yoruk, D.E. and E. Yoruk (2020), “Antecedents of Learning in Networks: An Examination of Low-Technology Firms in an Emerging Market Economy”, BAM Conference in the Cloud 2020: Innovating for a Sustainable Future, September 2020.
Yoruk, D.E.(2019) “Dynamics of firm-level upgrading and the role of learning in networks in emerging markets”, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol 145, pp.341-369. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2018.06.042
Radosevic, S. D. E.Yoruk and E. Yoruk (2019) ‘Technology upgrading and growth in Central and Eastern Europe’, in Grzegorz Gorzelak (ed), Social and Economic Development in Central and Eastern Europe: Stability and Change after 1990, Routledge, London.
Simango, G., D.E. Yoruk, G. Pugh and T. Basit (2015) ‘Higher Education Innovation (2011-2015) Funding Evaluation, Final Report’, submitted to ECD-Enterprise and Commercial Development, Staffordshire University.
Yoruk, D.E. (2014) Firm-Level Upgrading in Low- and Medium-Technology Industries in Emerging Markets: The Role of Learning Mechanisms in Networks. Unpublished DPhil thesis. SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research, School of Business and Economics, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
Yoruk, E. and D.E. Yoruk (2012) “Determinants of Innovation in Emerging Market SMEs: Thirty-five Years’ Evidence from Advanced Materials in Turkey”, 18th International ICE Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation , published in IEEE International Technology Management Conference proceedings in IEEExplore, Munich, Germany.
Woodward, R., D.E. Yoruk, S. Radosevic (2011) “Knowledge based firms from Central and East European countries: A comparative overview of case studies”, CASE Network Studies and Analyses No. 428.
Woodward, R., D.E. Yoruk, P. Koc and W. Pander (2010) “Knowledge-based entrepreneurship in Poland”, CASE Network Studies and Analyses, No. 408.
Yoruk, D.E. and J. Mittra (2009) “Mid-Pharma: How big is it and Where is it going?”, INNOGEN, Working Paper series, WP no. 81, University of Edinburgh.
Yoruk D.E. and R. Woodward (2006) “The Network as Innovation in Polish Traditional Industries with Buyer-Driven Value Chains”, Academy of International Business (AIB) Annual Conference proceedings, Beijing, China.
Yoruk, D.E. and N.von Tunzelmann (2005) “Knowledge Accumulation, Networks and ICTs: Evidence from Traditional Industries in Central and East Europe”, in K. Piech and S. Radosevic (eds), The Knowledge-Based Economy in Central and East European Countries: Countries and Industries in a Process of Change, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Woodward, R. and D.E. Yoruk (2005) “Actors and Factors Behind Changes in Enterprise Competitiveness: The Experience of Five Cohesion Countries (A Literature Review)”, paper prepared for Sixth International Conference on "Enterprise In Transition", The Faculty of Economics of the University of Split, 26 –28 May 2005.
Yoruk, D.E. and R. Woodward (2005) “Potential and Opportunities for Innovation Networking in Traditional Industries with Buyer-Driven Value Chains: Case Studies of Polish Enterprises”, in R. Woodward (ed.), Innovation Networks in the Polish Economy – Current State and Development Prospects, CASE Report No.60/2005, the Center for Social and Economic Research, Warszawa, Poland (published in Polish).
Yoruk, D.E. and S.Radosevic (2004) “The Growth of Enterprise Through Entrepreneurship and Network Alignment”, in S. Radosevic and B.M. Sadowski (eds), International Industrial Networks and Industrial Restructuring in Central and Eastern Europe, Kluwer Academic Publishers: Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 109-128.
Yoruk, D.E. (2004) “Patterns of industrial upgrading in the clothing industry in Poland and Romania”, in F. McGowan, S. Radosevic, N. von Tunzelmann (eds), The Emerging Industrial Structure of the Wider Europe, London: Routledge.
Yoruk, D.E. and S.Radosevic (2004) “Industrial networks in central and eastern Europe at the firm level. Summary and overview of ten case studies”, in F. McGowan, S. Radosevic, N. von Tunzelmann (eds), The Emerging Industrial Structure of the Wider Europe, London: Routledge, pp. 57-76.
Yoruk, D.E. and N. von Tunzelmann (2004) “Network realignment in the CEE food-processing industry”, in F. McGowan, S. Radosevic, N. von Tunzelmann (eds), The Emerging Industrial Structure of the Wider Europe, London: Routledge.
Yoruk, D.E. (2004) “The Textiles and Clothing Industry in an enlarged Community and the Outlook in the Candidate States (Part 1 Supplement: Turkey)”, within the EU FP5 large scale project - The textiles and clothing industry in an enlarged Community and the outlook in the candidate States, coordinated by wiiw, Austria and CEPS, Belgium.
Yoruk, D.E. (2003)“Impacts of Inter-Organisational Networks on Industrial Upgrading at the Firm Level: Evidence from the Romanian Food Processing Industry”, New Europe College Regional Program Yearbook 2001-2002, New Europe College, Institute for Advanced Study, Bucharest.
Woodward, R., D.E. Yoruk, M. Bohata, A. F. Mesa, M. O’Donnell and M. Sass (2003) “Critical synthesis, review of the main findings, methodologies and current thought on the role of foreign and domestic firms in changes in competitiveness”, (contribution to the theoretical framework of the paper).
Yoruk, D.E. (2002) “Global Production Networks, Upgrading at the Firm Level and the Role of the Network Organiser: The Case of Vistula SA In Poland”, Working Paper No. 28, SSEES, UCL.
Yoruk, D.E. (2002) “Role of Network Development in The Growth of Firm: The Case of a Romanian Bakery Company”, Working Paper No. 27, SSEES, UCL.
Yoruk, D.E. (2002) “Effective Integration to Global Production Networks, Knowledge Acquisition and Assimilation: The Case of Braiconf SA in Romania”, Working Paper No. 26, SSEES, UCL.
Yoruk, D.E. and N. von Tunzelmann (2002) “Network realignment and Appropriability in the CEE Food industry”, Paper to be presented at DRUID Summer Conference 2002 on “Industrial Dynamics of the New and Old Economy - who is embracing whom?”, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 6-8, 2002.
Yoruk, D.E. (2002) “Industrial Integration and Growth of Firm in Transition Economies: The case of a French Multinational Company”, Working Paper series in Economics and Business, No.20, Centre for the Study of Economic and Social Change in Europe, SSEES, UCL.
Yoruk, D.E. (2002) “Growth of a Polish Meat Company: Mergers and Acquisitions and the Role of Strategic Investors”, Working Paper No.18, SSEES, UCL.
Yoruk, D.E. (2002) “Patterns of Upgrading in the Clothing Industry in Poland and Romania”, Working Paper series in Economics and Business, No.19, Centre for the Study of Economic and Social Change in Europe, SSEES, UCL.
Radosevic, S. and D.E. Yoruk (2001) “Videoton: The Growth of Enterprise through Entrepreneurship and Network Alignment”, Working Paper series in Economics and Business, No.3, Centre for the Study of Economic and Social Change in Europe, SSEES, UCL.
Radosevic, S., D.Dornisch and D.E. Yoruk (2001) “The Issues of Enterprise Growth in Transition and Post-transition Period: The Case of Polish Elektrim”, Working Paper series in Economics and Business, No.1, Centre for the Study of Economic and Social Change in Europe, SSEES, UCL.
Yoruk, D.E. and N. von Tunzelmann (2001) “Role of Multinationals and Network Alignment in East Europe: The Case of an Agribusiness Company”, Working Paper No.6, SSEES, UCL.
Radosevic, S. and D.E. Yoruk (2000) “International Expansion and Buyer-driven Commodity Chain: The case of TESCO”, Working Paper No.4, SSEES, UCL.
Work With Industry
Deniz is involved in programmes such as Enterprise for Success and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships to work closely with West Midlands SMEs on sustaining and growing their businesses.