Chargée de Ra&D

Guldem K

Güldem Karamustafa-Köse holds PhD in Management. Güldem specializes on the process of learning and adaptation and examines how individuals, groups and organizations can learn and grow through diverse experience. Her research evolves around the themes of organizational learning, cross-cultural management and sustainable development. She collaborates with fellow researchers on various projects and provides guidance and support to professionals. Güldem also has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering and a Masters degree in HRM. Prior to embarking on a career as a researcher, she gained experience as an HR professional at a multinational.



  • Organizational learning and development 
  • Change management
  • Interorganizational collaborations
  • Intercultural management
  • Qualitative research methodology
  • Process consultancy 

Main research area

  • Organizational learning
  • Capability development, knowledge transfer, knowledge creation
  • Inter-group dynamics
  • Strategy process research

Main research projects

  • Resilience at work: towards the development of a 3-level-assessment tool (Cheque d’Innovation)
  • Internationalization Strategies of Swiss Born Global Companies to China (RCSO project)
  • Learning driven cross-border M&As: post-merger integration processes

 Selected Publications

  • Karamustafa, G. & Schneider, S.C. Buffering and Bridging: How leaders can make a difference during post-merger integration process. Zander, L. (Ed.) (forthcoming 2020) Research Handbook of Global Leadership: Making a difference, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Castañer, X., Karamustafa, G., & Davis, J.D. 2017. The Drivers of Analogical Reasoning from Past Experience in Organizations and Their Superficiality in M&As. Paper accepted for presentation at Strategic Management Society Special Conference, December, San Jose, Costa Rica. 
  • Lupina-Wegener, A.A, Karamustafa, G., & Schneider, S.C. 2016. Causes and Consequences of Different Types of Identity Threat: Perceived legitimacy of decisions in M&As. Risberg, A. King D. and Meglio, O. (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to M&A. Routledge. Oxon. 
  • Castañer, X., Karamustafa, G., & Davis, J.D. 2015. Organizations’ Attempt to Combine Complementary Capabilities: A Case Study of Acquisition Implementation Process. Presented at the Strategic Management Society Annual Conference, October, Denver, US. One of papers nominated for the Best Conference Paper Prize.

Professional experience

Since 2018
Senior Researcher, HEIG-VD

2015 - 2016
Academic Quality Director, Sustainability Management School, Geneva

2014 - 2015
Lecturer, Sustainability Management School, Geneva

2012 - 2013
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Geneva School of Economics and Management, University of Geneva

2008 - 2012
Teaching and Research Assistant, Geneva School of Economics and Management, University of Geneva

1996 - 1998
HR Specialist, Procter & Gamble, (Russia and Turkey)