Personal profile


Dr. Berna Polat Aksu is an endowed professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at and the founding chair of the Management & Entrepreneurship Department at St. Mary’s College School of Economics and Business Administration. She is currently leading the School's Executive Education Programs and Strategic Partnerships, and is also the Director of the Center for the Regional Economy, which coordinates outreach, community involvement, consulting, research, and events, especially in the field of entrepreneurship, for the School.

Dr. Aksu has been teaching executive, graduate, and undergraduate students for more than 20 years. She is the recipient of a 2015 Saint Mary's College Teaching Excellence Award. Over her career, Dr. Aksu has worked with and consulted for startups as well as large corporations. Her research has been published in edited books and international scholarly journals such as the Academy of Management Discoveries, Journal of International Finance and Economics, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, and the Journal of Learning in Higher Education. 

Specialties: strategy, global management, entrepreneurial mindset, top management teams, creativity and innovation, corporate governance.

Contact Information

Office: Power Plant 111
Phone: 925-631-4041

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Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Strategic Management, University of Washington

… → 2005

MBA, Finance and Marketing, San Francisco State University

… → 1994

BA, International Relations and Political Science, Bosphorus University

… → 1990

External positions

Assistant Professor, California State University, East Bay

Jan 1 2004Jan 1 2008

Research Interests

  • Strategic management
  • entrepreneurship
  • governance
  • emergence and evolution of new ventures and new markets
  • competitive strategy in dynamic industry environments
  • learning and innovation
  • international entrepreneurship
  • social responsibility


  • Business