Oguz Gencay

Ph.D. Candidate of Organizational Behavior, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Welcome! I am Oguz Gencay, a Ph.D. candidate in Organizational Behavior, where I study the drivers and inhibitors of prosociality at work  (prosociality broadly defined as any behavior that benefits others at work, including performing well) and develop interventions within three research streams: music, social/task context, and self-regulation.  Specifically, I seek to understand: 

To do so, I use diverse methods, such as AI-supported interventions (e.g., ChatGPT-large-language-models), creative in-person, online, and field experiments, dyadic or team-based field studies, and innovative archival/secondary datasets. My research aims to make critical theoretical contributions to the literature on prosociality at the workplace and pinpoint practical implications for managers and organizations.

Before embarking on the Ph.D. journey, I earned my B.S. in Business Administration at Middle East Technical University (along with a minor in Computer Engineering and a year of study abroad at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business) and an M.S. in Management at Bogazici University. 

Before pursuing an academic career, I worked as a process analyst, senior developer, and strategy & business development manager in digital transformation functions in various sectors, such as banking, telecommunication, insurance, etc. 

Outside of academic interests, I enjoy various sports (tennis, badminton, cornhole, etc.), playing and listening to music, reading, traveling, and road trips.

Let's connect! Email: oguz@umd.edu