Ceren Erdem

PhD student in Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour

Department of Management

About me

Ceren joined the PhD programme in Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour in October 2012. She holds a BSc degree in Industrial Engineering from Koc University, Istanbul-Turkey. Having developed a special interest in organisational studies, she completed an MSc Management degree at Brunel University where she was awarded a High Merit in 2011. Her former education was in an established high school focused on mathematics and science.

During her studies in Istanbul, Ceren worked in Strategy & Operations division of a major management consultancy firm. She also has internships in production planning/design departments of several manufacturing firms and in market research.

Ceren’s research interests include psychological contracts, cognitive schemas, newcomer relationships, organisational socialisation, social networks, corporate social responsibility (CSR), employees’ psychological safety and wellbeing.

Ceren’s thesis examines the association between relational ties and formation of employees’ psychological contracts during early stages of the employment relationship. As a key contribution of her PhD, she aims to develop a long-needed theory of psychological contract formation. Her research bridges across social networks and psychological contracts literatures to serve this aim.