Associate Professor, Department of Business Administration
Dr. Uctu received his PhD in Economics from University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. While earning his PhD, he, through the university exchange programme, served as an Associate Postgraduate student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, China.
His scholarly activity and research focus on innovation systems, biotechnology of developing countries, university-industry links, technology transfer and commercialization, industrial cluster research and local economic development. His PhD research sought to understand the reconstruction of the regional innovation system in the Western Cape region of South Africa to enhance the biotechnology sector, including legislation altering the role of universities in bridging the gap between research outputs and commercialization through licensing and spin-offs. And with his PhD research he was awarded a prize for one of the best PhD students in South Africa in 2013.
Other than the publications, he also reviews articles for international journals including Industry and Higher Education, African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development. Moreover, he is an active external examiner for Masters and PhDs at the UKH Business School in Erbil.
Dr. Uctu currently holds a research fellow position at University of Stellenbosch.
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Uctu, O., C. Karaca, and R. Uctu, (forthcoming), “An Evaluation of Investment Project in Gaziantep Province Footwear Industry: A NPV and IRR Approach” The Journal of Accounting and Finance (January 2021)
Uctu, R. and Essop, H., “Identifying the strength and weaknesses of the South African tech-based industries: Insights from the Swiss South African Business Development programme”, African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, Vol. 12, issue. 4, pp. 517-528, (July 2020)
Uctu, R., Essop, H. and Jafta, R., “Evaluating South Africa’s Tech-entrepreneurship Programme for Venture Creation through the eyes of the Participants”, Industry and Higher Education, ‘Entrepreneurship process’ special issue, Vol. 34, Issue.3, pp.203-218, (April 2020)
Uctu, R., “Generic Drugs in the Middle East: A case study in Sulaimani city, Iraq”, Journal of Generic Medicines: The Business Journal for the Generic Medicines Sector, (first published April 2020)
Uctu, R. and Jafta, R., “Turbulence in the biotechnology sub-sector of the Western Cape Regional Innovation System”, Journal of Commercial Biotechnology Vol. 24, No. 2: 10-20, (August 2018)