Cagri Topal is a researcher and instructor at the Department of Business Administration. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MS degree in sociology both from METU and a PhD degree in organizational analysis from the University of Alberta in Canada. Among his research interests are risk construction processes and micro processes of institutionalization. He has published in several organization-focused journals, including Tamara: Journal of Critical Postmodern Organization Science, Organization Studies, and Journal of Management and Organization. He is also the author or co-author in several chapters in the edited books published by Sage, Oxford, Springer, and Routledge. His teaching interests include organization theory, managing organizational change, cross-cultural management, and human resources management. 



Office: H118

E-mail: ctopal at


Phone: +90(312)210-2036

Fax: +90(312)210-7962

Mailing Address: Department of Business Administration, Middle East Technical University 06800 Ankara – TURKEY

Research Interests

Risk construction and sensemaking processes

Institutionalization processes and institutional work


BSc in Business Administration, METU, 2000

MSc in Sociology, METU, 2004

PhD in Organizational Analysis (Minor: Sociology and Research Methods), University of Alberta, 2011

Courses Taught

BA 2204 – Human Resources Management

BA 4216 – Cross Cultural Studies in Organizations

BA 4226 – Managing Organizational Change

BA 5201 – Organization and Management

BA 5202 – Human Resources Management

BAS 324 – Human Resources Management

EMBA 5205 – Human Resources Management

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