Dr. Kubilay Gok, a professor in the Human Resource Management department of the College of Business, has done extensive research in his field of work. He is very passionate for not only his profession, but also for the students and everyone around him.
He chose Winona State University because he wanted a place to connect with students not only in the classroom, but also outside of the classroom on a personal level. He also chose Winona State University because he felt that the college supports his belief that being a professor is more than teaching and doing research. It’s more about connecting with your students and letting them open their minds and their hearts. He wants to help students create their more and make an impact on them.
Dr. Gok has done many research papers with many different topics. The first paper is trying to answer the question of “What role does national culture of a given organization have in employee behaviors and what is the influence?” The findings of this paper are that the greater the level of uncertainty avoidance, the more clarification and help they need from their supervisors. He took a sample of more than 7,000 participants from fourteen different countries and 260 different organizations and found that providing formalization, which is rules and negotiations to govern employee behaviors, could be helpful in negating negative impact of uncertainty avoidance. Everything depends on the level of formalization and the level of uncertainty.
Dr. Gok won the Best Paper with International Implications Award in the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy Management Conference in 2016. The Academy Management Conference took place in Anaheim, California, in 2016, and each division is responsible for nominating one paper for the Caroline Dexter Award. The Organizational Behavior division nominated him in 2016. There were five finalist papers, and Dr. Gok got third place.
In a second paper Dr. Gok tries to answer the question, “What boundary conditions could limit the positive effect of ethical leadership on employee deviance behaviors?” One thing he found while conducting his research was that moral awareness limits the positive impact of ethical leadership – it is neutralized. If moral awareness increases, then there is no need to preach your expectations upon your employees; however, if your moral awareness decreases, then a level of leadership should be geared towards them.
This sample for this research project took 712 subjects in the United States as well as Turkey.
In 2018, Dr. Gok was looking to answer the question, “What is the role of ethical climate on employee change-oriented behaviors?” This paper was about taking charge and using your voice to speak about things that are going wrong and a person developing the ability to speak up about issues and matters. He also tried to answer the question, “For when and for whom is the impact of ethical climate the strongest on change-oriented behaviors?” He took 1,300 participants from France, the United States, Turkey, and Vietnam, and found that the higher the level of moral potency, the more likely you are to have a greater level of duty towards a group of members, missions, and values.
Dr. Gok has done so much for Winona State University’s College of Business, and continues to pursue his love for research by doing more. Thank you Dr. Gok for everything that you have done, and for your wonderful impact on Winona State.