Dr Abdullah Gok

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Position: Lecturer in Innovation, Strategy and Business Economics
Academic unit: Innovation, Management and Policy
 

Biography

Dr Abdullah Gök is a Lecturer in Innovation, Strategy and Business Economics at the Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) and he is a member of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR). Abdullah is also affiliated with the Centre for Synthetic Biology of Fine and Speciality Chemicals (SYNBIOCHEM). Prior to joining AMBS/MIoIR in 2006, Abdullah worked at The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) as a policy researcher between 2003 and 2006.

Abdullah's research interests (see research section for more detail):

  • emerging technologies and their governance
  • science, technology and innovation policy and evaluation
  • the intersection between innovation and big data

Abdullah teaches at BSc, MSc, PhD and executive levels at the Alliance Manchester Business School and he is a director of the MIoIR Executive Short Course on Evaluation of Science and Technology Policies.

Abdullah holds a BSc in Economics and an MSc in Science and Technology Policy Studies from the METU, Turkey. He completed his PhD in December 2010 at the AMBS, University of Manchester.

Research Interests

Abdullah's research interests spans three inter-related areas of innovation management and policy. First, he studies emerging technologies and their implications for business strategy and public policy. He is interested in how emerging technologies are developed, governed and commercialised. He was involved in research projects studying i) emergence and growth of graphene-based enterprises around the world, ii) University of Manchester’s commercialisation strategy for the Nobel level success in graphene research, iii) strategies of high growth green goods manufacturing enterprises in the UK, US and China, iv) science and innovation systems transition in China and Russia, v) research and innovation trajectories of quantum technologies, vi) responsible research and innovation in synthetic biology and vii) applications, expectations and concerns for synthetic biology through applying text mining techniques on tweets and website data.

Abdullah’s second research area relates to formulation, evaluation and impact of innovation policy. He studies how government intervention creates impact on innovative businesses and how this impact is evaluated, particularly by employing an evolutionary view of innovation. He was a Co-PI of the Compendium of Effectiveness of Innovation Policy project in which a large team synthesised the evidence on the effectiveness of business innovation support programmes. Furthermore, he has been involved in a number of evaluations of innovation policies as well as large scale projects that collect, analyse and conceptualise evaluations. Building on his PhD research, he is extending his work on the concept of behavioural additionality – persistent evolutionary change in the behaviour of innovative firms due to external triggers such as innovation policy intervention. He is a co-editor of the forthcoming Handbook of Innovation Policy Impact, while he published a number of articles and book chapters on this topic.

His third research area is at the intersection between data and innovation. He utilises data science in studying innovation by developing (“big” and novel) data collection and analysis methods, for instance to identify firms in certain sectors and to study their innovation strategies from unstructured information in their websites. As part of this effort, he published methodological articles and organised two data science and innovation workshops that bring together the community of scholars working on this area. He is also interested in studying data as a driver for innovation. Abdullah has recently been developing a research programme around questions like how data influences the way innovation is created, how public policy supports data-driven innovation and the managerial, economic, social issues related to data-driven innovation and innovation policy.

Postgraduate Opportunities

Dr Abdullah Gök is currently co-supervising PhD researchers working on innovation in the oil industry in Brasil, and commercialisation of synthetic biology. He previously supervised students studying evaluation of innovation policy. Abdullah is interested in supervising further PhD students, any prospective PhD students are encouraged to contact him directly.

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2016

  • Gök, A. (2016). The Impact of Innovation Inducement Prizes. In J. Edler, P. Cunningham, A. Gök, & P. Shapira (Eds.), Handbook of Innovation Policy Impact. (pp. 403). (Eu-SPRI Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy series). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. . Publication link: 9181b640-964d-4d6a-9f20-15c86cf19af5
  • Edler, J., Shapira, P., Cunningham, P., & Gok, A. (2016). Conclusions: Evidence on the Effectiveness of Innovation Policy Intervention. In J. Edler, P. Cunningham, A. Gök, & P. Shapira (Eds.), Handbook of Innovation Policy Impact. (pp. 543-564). (Eu-SPRI Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy series). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. . Publication link: 90f6d24d-6591-47a3-89a4-e765eec9ad8b
  • Gok, A., Karaulova, M., & Shapira, P. (2016). Bounded Collaboration and Changing Core-Periphery Relationships in SinoRussian Scientific Co-Production. In 21st International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (STI2016).. Publication link: 79563c89-4d57-429a-b543-5542eb6419cf
  • Karaulova, M., Gӧk, A., & Shapira, P. (2016). Identifying Author Heritage Using Surname Data. Paper presented at 6th Annual Global TechMining Conference, Valencia, Spain.. Publication link: 72e98bea-8637-418f-8ff3-13b98ba17e56
  • Karaulova, M., Gok, A., & Shapira, P. (2016). How international is internationally collaborated research? A bibliometric study of Russian surname holder collaboration networks. In 21st International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (STI2016).. Publication link: 3d994046-9396-49ed-9c70-d22403e49084
  • Shapira, P., Gok, A., & Salehi Yazdi, F. (2016). 石墨烯研究和产业:战略性新兴技术的创新应用和商业发展概览. Manchester: Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, University of Manchester.. Publication link: 1571bbd0-2631-4821-a4e8-e65390672f67
  • Cunningham, P., & Gok, A. (2016). The Impact of Innovation Policy Schemes for Collaboration. In J. Edler, P. Cunningham, A. Gök, & P. Shapira (Eds.), Handbook of Innovation Policy Impact. (pp. 239-278). (Eu-SPRI Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy series). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. . Publication link: 1b9abf88-4eb9-491f-966b-d33ef247017b
  • Edler, J., Cunningham, P., Gok, A., & Shapira, P. (2016). Introduction: Making Sense of Innovation Policy. In J. Edler, P. Cunningham, A. Gök, & P. Shapira (Eds.), Handbook of Innovation Policy Impact. (pp. 1). (Eu-SPRI Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy series). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. . Publication link: de541834-3fad-4fb8-8309-d15aaf2c425e
  • Li, Y., Karaulova, M., Gӧk, A., & Shapira, P. (2016). Academic Entrepreneurship and Innovation in China and Russia: policies, institutions and actor dynamics. In Rising Powers and Global Innovation Workshop.. Publication link: e6002fd8-d335-4378-853c-e77b095a75b5
  • Cunningham, P., Gök, A., & Larédo, P. (2016). The Impact of Direct Support to R&D and Innovation in Firms. In J. Edler, P. Cunningham, A. Gök, & P. Shapira (Eds.), Handbook of Innovation Policy Impact. (pp. 54). (Eu-SPRI Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy series). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. . Publication link: d7cbd40f-5d56-48e3-b090-25fbb3b4ca1a
  • Gok, A., Karaulova, M., & Shapira, P. (2016). Bounded Collaboration and Changing Core-Periphery Relationship in Sino-Russian Scientific Co-Production. Paper presented at 2016 Annual Conference of the Eu-SPRI Forum, Lund, Sweden.. Publication link: f55d593c-15cb-4cd7-a7b3-3fb474bf9aad
  • Gok, A., Li, Y., Cunningham, P., Edler, J., & Laredo, P. (2016). Towards a Taxonomy of Science and Innovation Policy Instruments. Paper presented at 2016 Annual Conference of the Eu-SPRI Forum, Lund, Sweden.. Publication link: c58c21ec-cc48-495b-89de-15cde12ce453
  • Edler, J. (Ed.), Cunningham, P. (Ed.), Gok, A., & Shapira, P. (Ed.) (2016). Handbook of Innovation Policy Impact. (Eu-SPRI Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy series). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.. Publication link: fe39155e-9eb8-40fd-b8af-5b26c0317eb8

2015

  • Shapira, P., Uyarra, E., Youtie, J., Cox, D., Gok, A., Rogers, J., & Downing, C. (2015). Institutions for Technology Diffusion. Washington, DC: Inter-American Development Bank, Competitiveness and Innovation Division.. Publication link: da25142e-4f0e-4074-957e-6d2ac95f96e4
  • Gok, A., Rigby, J., & Shapira, P. (2015). The Impact of Research Funding on Scientific Outputs: Evidence from Six Smaller European Countries. American Society for Information Science and Technology. Journal, 67(3), 715. DOI: DOI:10.1002/asi.23406. Publication link: c28bb96c-13f1-4968-a4af-17902dad8fb4
  • Shapira, P., Gok, A., & Salehi, F. (2015). Graphene Research and Enterprise: Mapping innovation and business growth in a strategic emerging technology. (Nesta Working Paper; No. 15/14). London.. Publication link: 28857f21-a693-4510-8d9b-ec69e5709d61
  • Karaulova, M., Gok, A., Shackleton, O., & Shapira, P. (2015). Nanotechnology Research in Post-Soviet Russia: Science System Path-Dependencies And Their Influences. In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetric (ISSI2015) .. Publication link: 2de0fe26-642e-4201-b6bc-d106f34130d4
  • Shapira, P., & Gok, A. (2015). UK Synthetic Biology Centres tasked with addressing public concerns. The Guardian Science Policy Blog. . Publication link: 950c43b4-81eb-4e80-80cc-226b14c4cced

2014

  • Edler, J., Cunningham, P., Gök, A., & Shapira, P. (2014). Designing and Implementing Innovation Policy Instruments: Three types of lessons from existing evidence. In EU SPRI Annual Conference. Manchester: EUSPRI Manchester . . Publication link: 000bbbc1-dada-4da7-bbd5-117e048edeb8

2013

  • Gok, A., Cunningham, P., Gök, A., & Laredo, P. (2013). The Impact of Direct Support to R&D and Innovation in Firms. (Compendium of Evidence on the Effectiveness of Innovation Policy; No. 13/03). London.. Publication link: e5850f93-6f12-4a68-9eb8-1c46ae193de2
  • Rigby, J., Gök, A., Cunningham, P., & Shapira, P. (2013). Research internationalization in a small open economy: Norwegian engagement with global science - strategies, risks and opportunities. In host publication. Atlanta, Georgia: Georgia Institute of Technology Global Learning Center, 84 5th St. NW Atlanta, GA 30308 - 1031. . Publication link: 1d1a7bcd-91b5-461a-996e-71f29b945354
  • Gok, A., & Gök, A. (2013). The impact of innovation inducement prizes. (Compendium of Evidence on the Effectiveness of Innovation Policy Intervention; No. 13/18). London.. Publication link: 5d4e4056-a7e9-44f0-947d-70c4c2e11472
  • Edler, J., Cunningham, P., Gok, A., & Shapira, P. (2013). Impacts of innovation policy: synthesis and conclusion. (Compendium of Evidence on the Effectiveness of Innovation Policy; No. 13/21). London.. Publication link: 8fb1cf49-f203-4b15-8b67-0eea3f5a50b7

2012

  • Cunningham, P., & Gok, A. (2012). The Impact and Effectiveness of Policies to Support Collaboration for R&D and Innovation. (Compendium of Evidence on the Effectiveness of Innovation Policy; No. 12/06). London.. Publication link: 326c99c9-19e3-4e99-ad87-b63823abc80b
  • JOHN, R. I. G. B. Y., DEBORAH, C. O. X., PAUL, C. U. N. N. I. N. G. H. A. M., JAKOB, E. D. L. E. R., Gok, A., PHILIP, S. H. A. P. I. R. A., ... ERIK, A. R. N. O. L. D. (Ed.) (2012). Internationalisation. (A Good Council? Evaluation of the Research Council of Norway). Oslo: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.. Publication link: 3913ae99-f53a-4f46-845b-3713c9a7d9a7
  • Rigby, J., Cox, D., Cunningham, P., Edler, J., Gök, A., Shapira, P., ... Boekholt, P. (2012). Evaluation of the Research Council of Norway Background Report No 10. Internationalisation. Brighton, United Kingdom: Technopolis.. Publication link: 86881e86-c28f-4b9d-a10c-d74a30531f0d

2011

  • JAKOB, E. D. L. E. R., PATRIES, B. O. E. K. H. O. L. T., KIERON, F. L. A. N. A. G. A. N., Gok, A., PHILIP, S. H. A. P. I. R. A., & ERIK, A. R. N. O. L. D. (Ed.) (2011). International Co-operation in R&D. (International Audit of Research, Development & Innovation in the Czech Republic). Prag: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.. Publication link: 6e1a6997-2513-435c-a901-c024caa4a809
  • Edler, J., Berger, M., Dinges, M., & Gok, A. (2011). The practice of evaluation in innovation policy in Europe: A statistical analysis. In host publication.. Publication link: 6d8655b6-64f2-44a5-97dd-710b303c7c75
  • Gӧk, A., & Edler, J. (2011). The Use of Behaviour Additionality in Innovation Policy-Making. (MIoIR & MBS Working Paper Series; No. 627). Manchester.. Publication link: 4211046f-e032-44e7-afea-8a4249929799
  • Edler, J., Berger, M., Dinges, M., & Gök, A. (2011). The Practice of Evaluation in Innovation Policy in Europe. (MIoIR / MBS Working Paper Series; No. 626). Manchester.. Publication link: c17a4df4-286f-444c-b8f6-7282efa16cd5

2010

  • Gok, A. (2010). An Evolutionary Approach to Innovation Policy Evaluation: Behavioural Additionality and Organisational Routines Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, University of Manchester. Publication link: 65f4f7a4-b1e5-46a4-a44d-709b8c341b31
  • Cunningham, P., & Gok, A. (2010). ERAWATCH Country Reports 2010: United Kingdom. (ERAWATCH Country Reports). Brussels: European Commission.. Publication link: 75cd3641-bbe7-4eb9-bf08-c3445b043b73
  • Edler, J., Gok, A., Cunningham, P., Rigby, J., Amanatidou, E., Berger, M., ... Schmidmyer, J. (2010). INNO-Appraisal: Understanding Evaluation of Innovation Policy in Europe. (INNO-Appraisal. Understanding Evaluation of Innovation Policy in Europe.). Brussels and Manchester: European Commision, DG Enterprise.. Publication link: 35831248-8e20-4174-8c44-730c54ea87ae

2008

  • Gok, A. (2008). The Evolutionary Economics of Innovation Policy Evaluation: Behavioural Additionality and Organisational Routines. In host publication.. Publication link: 1293921b-aa0a-40ca-9ded-ee69711ef42d

2007

  • Gok, A. (2007). Behavioural Additionality of R&D Supports in Emerging Economies: The Case of Turkey. Poster session presented at Atlanta Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, United States, .. Publication link: e136c6f8-d85a-4dac-a2dc-d9a642e4c439