Dr Cinla Akinci

Dr Cinla Akinci


Researcher profile

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Cinla joined the University of St Andrews as Lecturer in Management in July 2014. Prior to this, she was Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour at the University of Surrey's Business School. 

Cinla received her PhD in Management and Organisational Behaviour from the University of Surrey (UK). She also holds an MSc in International Business Management from the University of Surrey and a BA(Hons) in Business and Economics from Trent University (Canada). In 2013, she attained the Fellow status of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Her research is focused on intuition in decision making and organisational learning. She has undertaken extensive fieldwork with the police organisations in the UK to investigate the use of intuition in strategic and operational decision making processes. Her research also extends to other decision making contexts such as entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and improvisation. Cinla is experienced in mixed-method research with particular interest and expertise in qualitative methods. 

Cinla’s research has been published in top-tier journals including Organization Studies, Human Resource Management Journal, British Journal of Management, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, and International Journal of Management Reviews, and invited chapters in edited books. Her research has been funded by the British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust, Carnegie Trust, and The College of Policing. 

Her previous career experience includes business development in the finance sector and project management in non-governmental organisations. 


MN4244 Behavioural Decision Making
SS5101 Being A Social Scientist

Research areas

Decision making, intuition, cognition, top management teams, organisational learning, organisational behaviour.

PhD supervision

  • Omar Kharoti

Selected publications


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