Cihat Cengiz has joined CTM as a first year PhD student in Ocotber 2017, under the supervision of Dr. Frank Tietze. 
Cihat has obtained his Bachelors Degree in Industrial Engineering in Germany, Hong Kong and Japan and holds a Masters degree in Engineering Management from the University of Warwick in 2016. Prior joining the IfM, Cihat was a Cyber Security Engineering Consultant at Ernst&Young, focusing on Cyber Security issues in the automotive industry. He also gained industry experience in different industries like aviation at Deutsche Lufthansa, Robotics at Robert Bosch Japan and autonomous driving R&D at Leopold Kostal. 
In his doctoral research, he analysis the interaction between functional departments from the behavioural perspective. The aim is to positively influence the cross-functional integration of corporate functions from the behavioral persective, using citizenship behaviors as one of the most promising pro-social behaviours at work. 

Research Summary

The creation of successful innovation is fundamentally a multidisciplinary process and requires multiple inputs from various sources. These sources are for example corporate functions which come with unique departmental thought worlds, resulting from different cultures, languages, structures, and routines, as well as from departmental goals, performance metrics, and linked incentive systems. These differences influence the behaviour of individuals and hence increase the conflict potential during integrative work.
The influence of behaviours in the workplace is researched from the organisational behaviour perspective where organisational citizenship behaviours (OCB) are among the most researched constructs. OCBs are work behaviours that are beneficial for the organisation even though they are neither directly or explicitly linked to reward systems, nor based on any formal contractual agreements. Up until now, there is no existing research which analyses the integration process from a citizenship perspective. Furthermore, there is no research on the behavioural dimension of the integration. The research project aims to go further in the theory of OCB and develops the construct of inter-functional citizenship behaviour (IFCB). IFCB is a progression of the organisational citizenship theory which takes a distinct and functional directionality of behaviours as a novel approach to research functional behaviours. The aim is to develop the IFCB scale and explore which behavioural dimensions characterise the interaction between the R&D and the IP function as well as to examine the influence of IFCBs on an innovation measure.

Keywords: Organisational behaviour, citizenship behaviours, cross-functional integration, equilibrium, innovation and technology management, people analytics

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