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Department of Management
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE



Lisa Sezer

PhD student in Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour


 Lisa obtained a BSc degree in Psychology from the University of Konstanz, Germany, in 2008. She completed the programme as top of her class and received several awards for her BSc thesis and overall performance. She then joined the LSE to embark on a Master's degree in Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour (EROB). Lisa completed the degree, for which she had obtained a Graduate Merit Award from the LSE, with Distinction and top of her class. Since 2009, Lisa has been a PhD candidate in the EROB group. Lisa's research is partly supported by an 'Emirates PhD Support for Middle East Studies Award' from LSE.

Research Interests

Lisa is interested in the factors that contribute to the organisational strength and success of economy-wide, voluntary business associations in Turkey. She is examining the role and organisation of business associations in the new generation of industrial centres in the Anatolian region of Turkey, based on an analysis of their activities in a textile business 'cluster' or industrial district. Research findings are based on a multi-level analysis of the governance structures and patterns of resource exchange of business associations. The analysis combines concepts from social movement theory, power-based institutionalism, and the social network approach. Findings contribute to the macro-organisational literature in economic sociology, and to policy debates on state-business relations in late developing countries.


Publications and papers


  • Wieber, F., Sezer, L.A., Gollwitzer, P.M. (in press). Asking ‘Why’ Helps Action Control by Goals but not Plans. Motivation and Emotion.  . DOI:10.1007/s11031-013-9364


  • Doellgast, V., and Sezer, L.A. (2012). Redesigning call centre jobs from the bottom up: The effects of call centre management practices on employee well-being and performance. Research for the Call Centre Action Month 2012, the Global Union for the information, communication, technology and services industry (UNI ICTS Global Union).

Conference Presentations:

  • Sezer, L.A. (2012). ‘Explaining the Organisational Strength of Economy-Wide Voluntary Business Associations in Turkey - a Comparative Perspective’, Conference paper presented at the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics 24th Annual Meeting, Cambridge, USA, June 2012.
  • Sezer, L.A. (2012). ‘The New Anatolian Business Elite’. Conference paper presented at the Workshop ‘Turkish Studies in Germany II – Employment Opportunities and Perspectives’, Hamburg, March 2012.
  • Sezer, L.A. (2011). ‘Toward an Integration of Networks, Institutions and Collective Frames: The New Anatolian Business Elite’. Conference paper presented at the sixth European Consortium for Political Research, Reykjavik, August 2011.