The LITE postgraduate degree is a three-semester non-thesis program. It will be conducted in BİLGİ and in ATÖLYE. Each course includes individual and group work, including online and classroom activities.
Learning & Systems Thinking
In Learning & Systems Thinking course, the students gain system awareness by learning the history, development and evolution of systemic thinking, and working principles of other subsystems that are part of the world system. They learn the functioning of complex systems by the examples from the world in food systems, economic systems, energy systems, and gain a different perspective from the systematic thinking mindset and point of view. They will understand the structure and operation of dynamic systems besides testing through modelling and simulating the processes in the system.
Instructor Mine Öztürk
Sustainabilty & Ethics
In Sustainabilty & Ethics course, the students learn about the development and importance of sustainability and ethics history, the term of anthropocene and the history thereof, and how the relation of humanbeing with the nature has changed. They learn the basic social theories, the economic theories, and the reasons for the existing unsustainable system that come together as humanity begins to form societies. They comprehend the sustainability with a global development perspective, while understanding the environmental, economic and social aspects of sustainability of today’s world besides learning ethical factors causing them to act ethical in their international initiatives. They learn basic strategies pursued by various institutions around the world concerning sustainability and knows the classical business models alongside the business models incorporated in social/environmental initiatives.
Instructor Alper Akyüz
Complex Problem Solving
In Complex Problem Solving course students learn the historical development of design and the fundamentals of design-oriented thinking, and learn the basic concepts and steps that make up the design thinking. They learn the steps of design thinking by means of applications and become available to apply them in their own projects/ideas. They assess the probable success of a project concerning design thinking by taking into account the physical, logical and emotional dimensions of design and work in contexts involving multiple academic disciplines, develop an open attitude toward different perspectives, and use differences to produce strong solutions. They synthesize unusual ideas and thoughts for the purpose of producing new solutions and discovering new ways concerning the future.
Instructors Mert Çetinkaya & Onat Vural
Humans & Technology
In Humans & Technology course, students learn the origins of technology, its development, the psychological and motivational sources of technological development and the effects thereof. They comprehend the fundamentals of dramatization theory and the relation between technological developments and the development of dramatization. While understanding new technologies introduced into our lives as result of 4th Industrial Revolution and the andvantages of these technologies as well as how to use them, they define the data and learn how to research the right data and how to make data usable/significant.
Instructor Bora Özkent
Organizations of 21st Century
In Organizations of 21st Century course, students learn why the phenomenon of governance emerged, learn and apply the strategies that make up the development of governance principles and the foundations of classical and modern governance. They observe the change of individuals in institutions by various strategic approaches and acquire the qualifications that employees need in the new management world. They define the relation between organizational culture and management strategies and analyze the conversion of in-house strategies from hierarchy into exponential organization. They understand the importance of conversion into learning organizations in order to make organizations adaptable within the digital conversion.
Instructors Ecmel Ayral
Designing a 21st Century Business
In Designing a 21st Century Business course, students learn how to move from an idea to the business model and to design a business model, to act by focusing on customer focus while moving to the idea. By learning the fundamentals of marketing, students can position their ideas on the market, distinguish their competitors and their positions, learn how to compete with them, analyze their financial needs, and design revenue / expenditure steps in the business model.
Instructor Kerem Alper
In Storytelling course, students learn the history and importance of storytelling and its place in business life, learn why storytelling is needed, and learn the basics of storytelling. They deal with the process of creating self-confidence through storytelling. They learn to produce written, oral and visual content through storytelling and learn how to convey their ideas through storytelling in a way that allows them to internalize their audience / masses.
Instructor Pınar Kaçar Özkent
In the Social Innovation course students learn the developmental history of innovation and the emergence of social innovation, the innovation approaches and the innovation types by institutions and differences between them. Students learn about the fundamentals and practices of social entrepreneurship and examine the global approaches and influences of innovation. They comprehend the cyclical design needs by new and developing world conditions and technologies, learn their foundations, and have a grasp of policies required to be known and applied in innovation practices.
Instructor Gökçe Okandan
Essentials for Successful Ventures
In the Essentials for Successful Ventures course, the students gain the basics of law, finance and operations, and the principles that entrepreneurs need, such as contract types, regulations, employee rights, etc. They learn the fundamentals and importance of risk capital. They learn international intellectual property rights and can take measures. They learn financial planning steps and practices. They learn to make financial modeling for the initiative. They make plans such as cash flow, risk management, profit / loss analysis bt means of financial calculations. They learn the distribution channels in operation and to manage such channels. They learn the communication channels and control through which channels they will manage their business.
Instructor Fatma Özlem Derici
In The Inner Change course, students self-assess and find their strengths and weaknesses, define their personal values, experience the levels of reality by learning the basics of creative destruction and 'U' theories. They learn to overcome their limitations by practices, plan their roadmap to strengthen their weaknesses and achieve their goals, and gain a more process-oriented and experiential perspective with cognitive flexibility by understanding the difference between fixed mentality and development mentality. Students are expected to be able to flex their comfort areas by analyzing their risk capacity / tendencies and their position against ambiguity.
Instructors Emi Nevaro & Eyyup Karaca
In the Project course, the students combine the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and innovation that they received during two semesters and pass from idea to implementation.
LITE is the postgraduate degree I wish I could attend 10 years ago. It is also an opportunity to be part of a training experience that will reshape the professional training practices. LITE offers an innovative way to learn innovation technology and entrepreneurship with the brightest mind of the region.
A stellar curation of pioneering mentors, academicians and professionals to bring real-world experience and theory for fostering future entrepreneurs. Our faculty members will equip students with the necessary skillset to bring their own projects into reality and become agents of change.
Arts and Culture Management
Founder & Partner
Özkent Information, Education and Consultancy
Ozkent is TEDx Speaker and has 3 books in the innovation and customer experience field: ``Innovation - Step by Step`` “Priceless” and ``Customer Experience 2.0``
Before joining İstanbul Bilgi University, she worked in Yasar University (Izmir), Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (Monterrey, Mexico) and as a research associate in McGill University, Canada.
Dr. Özdemir received several scholarships and awards including POMS Emerging Scholars Program participation, SNI Fellow- Level 1, (3rd highest country-wide distinction granted by the Mexican National System of Researchers for scientific merit), “Desirable Professor Profile” by Ministry of Public Education of Mexico for scientific and pedagogical merit and her research is recognized as best paper from various international conferences.
Her current research and teaching interests are in the areas of decision making under uncertainty, supply chain management, and technology innovation. In addition to fully academic works, completed several industry projects in retailing, automotive, chemical and maritime industries, mostly on distribution logistics design and management under highly competitive environment.
Dr. Özdemir is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), Turkish Operations Research Society (YAD) and Production and Operations Management Society (POMS).
Deputy Chairman of the Board of TrusteesBio
His role in Istanbul Bilgi University has been a life changer for him as he finally had the opportunity to combine two apparently different aspirations: success in academia and business. The post covered all income generating activities ranging from student attraction to program development and corporate relations. As a member of the top executive team he had the chance to take part in strategic decisions and their implementation processes.
Following the acquisition of Istanbul Bilgi University by an international group, he refocused his efforts in private ventures ranging from property development ( projects in Istanbul and Lisbon) , to finance ( asset management), and education ( online and blended programs).
He currently deploys most of his capacity on the design, development and delivery of on-line and off-line training programs. As an education professional, he has been actively taking leading roles in corporate and academic education projects since the year 2000 and has designed & delivered hundreds of trainings. The scope of his favorite training areas ranges from macro issues such as Chaos Theory and Strategy to behavioral issues such as Leadership and Sales. He is currently teaching in Management Departments of Boğaziçi University and İstanbul Bilgi University.
He has a PhD in Organizational Behavior and his thesis is named “How to Manage Chaos: Fast, Innovative, Flexible and İntegrated Organizations”. He recently developed a pedagogic model based on Bloom Taxonomy, called Unlearn-X. The model constitutes a basis for the design and delivery of learning projects.
Dr. Ayral believes that universities have to cope with the exponential nature of today’s ecosystem by re-evaluating their strategic purpose, structure, processes, culture and promises. As learning organizations they must and can find ways to develop models in which accountability and creativity co-exist and thrive together.
Organizational Systems & Team Coach, Co- Founder
ZONE TO ZONE
Letting go of old identities as an auditor, finance manager and a typical “corporate figure”, led to a state of letting come the new: Designer & leader of change projects, creator of team evolution & transformation and social volunteer. Considering the fact that change is inevitable and it’s a continuous process, she chose to trust the process, dared to try at the expense of being wrong, acted with the harmony of what is emerging, created space for new realities and followed the peaceful path of her own heartbeat.Her coaching journey started with CTI when she became CPCC and later was accredited with ACC degree by ICF. She then completed the Co-Active Leadership Program in Barcelona. Subsequently, to deepen her knowledge about relationship systems, she completed both ORSC program designed by CRR and Systemic Team Coaching designed by AOEC. She has more than 10 years of experience in designing and leading process optimization, harmonization and efficiency projects, worked with many corporations to improve their efficiencies / maximize their potential in terms of financial growth & sustainability. During this timeframe, she had an amazing experience of witnessing uniqueness and resourcefulness of each and every team in the companies she worked with, which actually created the foundation of her passion today.
Today, Emi designs and leads leadership programs with the mindset of growth and transformation. In order to create sustainable and resilient teams she develops programs focusing on system intelligence and team dynamics. Furthermore, she is working with universities, educational institutions and social institutions. She was the co-designer and co-leader of the EU program named “Gen Y’s Skill Development and Personal Branding in Social Media”. She co-led the “Leadership Development Program” designed for university students working with AIESEC. Finally, she is actively involved in volunteering projects partnering with Düşler Akademisi, ÇYDD and Koruncuk Vakfı.
Challenging Change Coach, Co-Founder
ZONE TO ZONE
During his tenure as the unit coordinator at the European Union Grant Scheme, he trained entrepreneurs in Anatolia on conceptualizing the right ideas in the right project plans, of which he monitored and tracked the progress. He gained his PCMp along the way and gave lectures on microeconomics at Ataturk University.
He started up Senin Maceran with the enthusiasm to bring the David Fincher movie “The Game” into life and pioneered the emergence of a new business in Turkey. Embracing the technological disruption and the needs of his era, he migrated Senin Maceran to an online gaming platform.
Besides his personal ventures ranging from radio hosting to e-commerce and advertising, he served as country manager and general manager in the B2B industry to design and execute market entry and growth strategies of leading international brands like Efaflex and Plasgad. During his corporate tenure, he was involved in industry 4.0 projects of leading companies.
His final passion is on holding a mirror to the transformation journeys of individuals and teams. Having received his trainings from Adler and CRR Global on coaching and ORSC, Eyyup continues to contribute to improving the performance of his clients in a quantifiable manner. He designs change programs and development models aligned with the business needs and objectives of his clients.
Onat volunteered as an organiser to Global Service Jam's New York chapter, a worldwide event for service design and customer experience. After returning to he continued volunteering in the Istanbul chapter of Global Service Jam as well as OpenIDEO. Meanwhile, he started to work at WUNDER as a Service Designer and gained prominent experience in user experience and user interaction design with service design for clients such as banks, telecommunications, e-commerce and startups. Since 2018 he works at ATÖLYE as Organisational Designer and works on designing and facilitating participatory innovation processes and transformative learning experiences for businesses and gets involved in service design projects.
Istanbul Bilgi University Center for Financial Studies
Cultural Management Program Director, Deputy Director of Business Ethics Research CenterBio
Organisation and Learning Design Lead
At ATÖLYE, Mert’s work includes designing and facilitating participatory innovation processes and transformative learning experiences, consulting to businesses for organizational learning practices and developing strategies for building multi-stakeholder social innovation ecosystems. He has an extensive experience of delivering 200+ workshops and training programs under his belt.
Connection & Development Chaordinator
Co-founder, Head of Strategy & Ventures
In 2012 Kerem was selected a Lightspeed Venture Partners Fellow through which he founded an agriculture software startup called Farmulate. Later on he worked at Nest around digital products and new business models around residential energy efficiency frameworks (acquired by Google in 2014). He returned to Istanbul in 2014 as the co-founder of ATÖLYE, a transdisciplinary innovation platform. He is also an adjunct professor at Bilgi University around topics including design thinking, human-centered innovation and venture design.
In 2014, Kerem was awarded the Young Creative Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the British Council. In 2016, he was selected a Young Leader by The Council for the United States and Italy. In 2017, ATÖLYE was recognized as the most impactful spinoff of the year by Stanford d.school.
He has spoken at events such as REMIX Academy, Hello Tomorrow, TEDxReset, Digital Cities Summit, Stanford Global Entrepreneurship Conference, Smart Cities Summit, TEDxKocUniversity, Inspired Istanbul among many others. Kerem’s work has been published in media channels such as Monocle, Dezeen, GQ, Fortune, Webrazzi, Hurriyet, Campaign on topics related to entrepreneurship, innovation cultures and design thinking.
He currently serves on the boards of ATÖLYE, Imece and European Creative Hubs Network.
Özkent Information, Education and Consultancy
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- 10-13. Week
- 14. Week
- Learning & Systems Thinking
- Meeting & Expectations: IDOART
- Learning & System Theories, Learning Organizations, Organizational Learning, Team Learning
- Individual Learning, Systems Thinking, System Structure and Behavior, Systems and Us
- Systems and Us, Mindsets and Models, Learning & Systems Thinking
- Sustainability & Ethics
- History of concepts of ethics and sustainability
- Basic Ethical Approaches, Responsibilities towards non-human and ecological ethics approaches, Earth as a system and human activity: Limits To Growth and updates; Ecological Footprint and Planetary Boundaries
- Green Economics, Business Ethics, Permaculture and Holistic Management, Ecovillages and settlements
- Commons, Climate Change mitigation and post-carbon solutions, Climate Change adaptation and resilience, Biomimicry
- New models of business and organizing
- Complex Problem Solving
- Introductions, Framing & Preject
- Intro to Complexity and World of Complex Problems, Introduction to Design Thinking, Design Challenge Briefing, Design Research Part 1
- Design Synthesis Part 1, Design Synthesis Part 2, Ideation Part 1, Ideation Part 2
- Prototyping, Prototyping & User tests, Iteration Part 1, Delivery, Wrap-up and Planning for Portfolios
- In-class presentations, reflection and closure
- Humans & Technology
- History of Technology
- Psychology and Motivation, Gamification 101, Wearables and Mobile Virtual and Augmented Realities
- AI and Robotics, Data and Research Through Mobile and Gaming, Digital Marketing and Engagement, Nonprofit, Health and Education
- Gaming, VR and the Military, Enterprise Gamification, Risks and Challenges of Social Networking and Gaming
- Final Presentation
- Organizations of 21st Century
- History of Organizations
- Industry Positioning and Competitiveness, Disruption Strategy, Blue Ocean Strategy, Digital Business Transformation, Entrepreneurial Strategy Wrap-Up
- Organizational Blueprints: Impact of the Founder’s Vision on Organizational, Design and Culture, Improving Organizational Processes, Aligning People and Business Strategy
- Organizational Culture and Culture Change, Lean Management, Exponential Organizations, Learning Organizations
- Final Presentations
- Designing a 21st Century Business
- History of Venture Design
- Introduction to New Venture Creation and Entrepreneurship Business Model Canvas, Customer Discovery/Development, New Venture Team Formation, Value Propositions, Minimum Viable Products
- Institutional Analysis, Customer and Market Research, Customer Research Plan, Market Size and Segmentation , Competition/Alternatives Analysis and Positioning
- Product/Service Design and Development, IP Strategy, Understanding your financial requirements., Preparing and Understanding the financial section of the business plan.
- Final Presentation
- History of Storytelling
- The Biomechanics of Storytelling: How and why stories work, Building self-confidence: a personal process
- The elements and style of story: Drawing inspiration from arts and entertainment, Audience-driven stories: Engaging people into dialogue
- Visual Storytelling, Auditory Storytelling, Verbal Storytelling
- Final Presentation
- Social Innovation
- History of Social Innovation
- Innovation Approaches, Innovations in the Public, Nonprofit, and the Emerging Fourth Sectors, The Spread of Innovations
- Policy Innovators, Social Entrepreneurs, Innovation Within Organizations and Firms, Civic Action and Innovation
- Global Impact and Innovation, Organizations and Innovation, Global Perspectives, Challenges in Social Innovation
- Final Presentations
- The Inner Change
- Introduction and Introduction of Concepts, Principle Design
- Personal Values and Strengths, Self Situations, Project Presentation and Evaluation, Creative Demolition, U Theory and Reality Levels
- Project Plan: Roadmap Creation and Modeling, Project Implementation: Creativity and Courage, Project Implementation: Agility and Flexibility, Integration and Self-Evaluation
- Behavioral Economics VS Traditional Economics and Project Plan Revision, Authentic Leadership & Storytelling Techniques, Presentations
- The Ending and The New Begining
- Essentials for Successful Ventures
- The Bermuda Triangle 101
- Final Presentation