Last Update: August 7, 2014 0:14 AM

Referred Journal Articles

1. Gary R. Waissi, Jane E. Humble, Mustafa Demir, Competitiveness of Small- and Medium Enterprises of the Arizona Aerospace and Defense Supply Chain, Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. 2 No. 1, 2013, pp. 15-25. doi: 10.5923/j.logistics.20130201.03.

This paper discusses the development of a database and an interactive data visualization of Arizona aerospace and defense suppliers. The paper also summarizes key results of a survey of those companies focusing on their strategic competitiveness and next generation manufacturing (NGM) readiness.The survey categories included: company demographics, supply chain management, global engagement, sustainability and green, process improvement, and innovation. Development of the database andselected key findings of the survey are reported. To summarize: Arizona aerospace and defense companystrengths include: Product portfolio and product diversity; Frequency and scale of process and system improvements; Balance of revenue sources between private- and public; Balance of customers between military and commercial. Weaknesses include: Strategic planning and strategic plan implementation; Utilization of lean manufacturing techniques; Underperformance in on-time delivery of products and services; Automation; Certifications; Global engagement; Interest toward, and knowledge of, strategy for global, sustainability and green, as well as innovation. We believe that the database and findings will, whilerepresenting a snapshot only, add to the knowledge base relating to NGM readiness of the aerospace- and defense companies in the United States, as well as provide new information about the competitiveness of small- and medium aerospace- and defense suppliers. (For more information click link)


Referred Journal Articles (Turkish Local Journal)

1. Nisfet Uzay, Mustafa Demir, and Eruğrul Yıldırım (2012). The Importance of Technological Innovation from the Perspective of Export Performance: the Case of Turkish Manufacturing Industry. Dogus University Journal. 13(1). pp. 147-160.

Technological innovations are important with regard to increasing export performance. However, the results that had been reached in the empirical literature investigating the effects of R&D expenses which is accepted as input of technological innovation on the export performance are not compatible with each other. The purpose of this study is to contribute to the discussion in the literature. Between years 1995–2005, a panel data analysis was used to test the relationship between Turkish manufacturing industries' exports, and the R&D expenses. It was found that the effect of the R&D expenses on export performance was substantially lagged. (For more information click link)


Referred Conference Papers

1.Mustafa Demir and Nancy Cooke (2014). Human teaming changes driven by expectations of a synthetic teammate. International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. 2(1). Chicago, IL.

coming soon!!! (For more information click link)


Submitted Papers

1.Gary Waissi, Mustafa Demir, and Jane Humble. Toward a self learning, intelligent, strategy model. Strategic Management Journal. (Submitted, June 23th, 2014).

Master Theses

Master of Science in Technology

1.Mustafa Demir (2009). Standardized Strategic Assessment Framework for Small and Medium Enterprises in High-Tech Manufacturing Industry. (Unpublished Master Thesis). Arizona State University. Mesa.

A fundamental question in the field of strategic management is how companies achieve sustainable competitive advantage. The Market-Oriented Theory (MOT), the Resource-Based Model and their complementary perspective try to answer this fundamental question. The primary goal of this study is to lay the groundwork for Standardized Strategic Assessment Framework (SSAF). The SSAF, which consists of a set of six models, aids in the evaluation and assessment of current and future strategic positioning of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The SSAF was visualized by IDEF0, a systems engineering tool. In addition, a secondary goal is the development of models to explain relationships between a company's resources, capabilities, and competitive strategy within the SSAF. Six models are considered within the SSAF, including R&D; activities model, product innovation model, process innovation model, operational excellence model, and export performance model. Only one of them, R&D; activities model was explained in-debt and developed a model by transformational system. In the R&D; activities model, the following question drives the investigation. Do company R&D; inputs (tangible, intangible and human resources) affect R&D; activities (basic research, applied research, and experimental development)? Based on this research question, eight hypotheses were extrapolated regarding R&D; activities model. In order to analyze these hypotheses, survey questions were developed for the R&D; model. A survey was sent to academic staff and industry experts for a survey instrument validation. Based on the survey instrument validation, content validity has been established and questions, format, and scales have been improved for future research application. (For more information click ).


Master of Science

1.Mustafa Demir (2009). The Importance of Innovation from the Perspective of International Trade Performance: The Case of Turkish Manufacturing Industry. (Unpublished Master Thesis). Erciyes University. Kayseri.

The purpose of this study is to analyze the implemented international trade performance technological innovations and the effect they create from a theoretical and empirical perspective. The hypothesis that Research and Development (R&D) expenses which are commonly accepted as technological innovation input positively impacted the export performance of the Turkish manufacturing industry was tested during the empirical evaluation.

In this study, the relationship between the actual exchange rate and export were tested using data panel analysis in regard to R&D expenses and competitive strength of the Turkish manufacturing industry sector, which are considered to be important parameters, for 1995-2005. In the analysis, which examined all of the sectors of the Turkish manufacturing industry, it was found that both explanatory variables impacted export positively and meaningfully. Moreover, the fact that when R&D expenses were delayed for a value of one or two periods, the actual exchange rate was delayed for one period was added to the model. It was determined that the positive effect resulting from R&D expenses, was lost within two periods. This result implies that it is necessary to continue R&D expenses in order to continually increase exports (For more information click link).