Prof. Mustafa Sağsan – The Predicament of Structural Inertia of Intellectual Heritage in Local Governments and Behaviors of Mimetic Isomorphism: A Theoretical Breakthrough

Near East University, Cyprus

Intellectual heritage is one of the most important areas for local governments due to some reasons. Although this area requires an intellectual level of knowledge that is beyond the technical knowledge, local governments are obliged to limit their own fields in this regard due to some environmental pressure and other reasons. In such a case, two basic organizational theories; the theory of population ecology and new institutional theory will be examined in the study by integrating them with respect to the intellectual heritage for local governments at the theoretical perspective.

This study will bring about a theoretical opening, focusing on how environmental constraints in local governments occur and where they originate. In the study, three basic research questions will be followed. First, why are local governments struggle to change their institutional structure despite environmental pressures for the protection of their intellectual heritage, or why don’t they tend to change their institutional structures? Second, which preferences / choices of local governments are exposing them to a structural inertia? Third, how can the resistance of local governments to the public opinion for protection of the intellectual heritage be broken? These questions will be addressed theoretically from the point of view of the study and various proposals for the protection of the intellectual heritage of the local governments and their transmission to the new generations will be developed at the theoretical level from the perspective of both institutional theory and population ecology theory.



In 1997, Mustafa Sağsan graduated from Ankara University, Department of Library Science, DTCF. In 2001, he received his master’s degree from the same university with his dissertation entitled “National Information Policy in TRNC”. He completed his PhD degree in 2008 with his thesis on “Organizational Design Approaches of Information Companies” which was prepared in Başkent University. He started his professional career in 1999 with the title of “Chairman of Information Engineering” in Strategic Research Center of Eurasia. In 2001, he served as a co-founder of Başkent University Communication Faculty Department of Information and Document Management. In 2009, he was the co-founder of the Technology and Information Management Department of the same University and resigned from there in 2010, returning to his homeland TRNC. He is currently the founder and program director of Innovation and Information Management Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. Programs in Near East University. He is also the Coordinator of the Medical Documentation and Secretarial Program of the Vocational School of Health Services at Near East University. He has also been the chairman of the “Information Management Research Center” since 2013, which was established within the university. In 2015 he was appointed to the position of Director of the Institute of Social Sciences and is currently in charge of this task.

Sağsan has lectured on information management issues at the McGill University Information Studies School in Canada, the InHolland University in The Netherlands and the 3rd European Information Management Summer School in Nottingham University. He has made it his mission to introduce his country TRNC – which has limited recognition – on international scientific platforms through the “International Intellectual Capital and Knowledge Management Conference” and the “European Knowledge Management Conference”, with special session presidencies and organization committee memberships. During his academic career, he gives training seminars in Turkey, especially to the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey, the Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry, the Turkish Chief of Staff and many public institutions, local administrations and specialist firms.

Sağsan advocates that science should be freely discussed in a society and must find its own expansion area by getting rid of the academy’s monopoly, by means of more than 100 scientific publications and projects he has done on behalf of various institutions and conferences he has given in particular. He’s interested in intellectual capital, democracy, culture, human resources management, strategic management and management / organizational science.