Pinar Ozcan

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Pinar Ozcan is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She also serves as the Director of the Oxford Future of Finance and Technology (Fintech) Initiative.

Pinar specialises in entrepreneurship and strategy in technology markets. Her current research includes the open banking project, where she examines the industry disruption in banking through regulation and entry of fintechs, and the development of the sharing economy.

Pinar completed her PhD at the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) at the Stanford University Management Science and Engineering Department, and also holds a Master of Science and dual Bachelor’s degrees from Stanford.

At Stanford, Pinar directed the AEA Stanford Executive Institute, a summer executive program for the high-tech industry for three consecutive years. She also organised the Stanford Entrepreneurship Thought Leaders Seminars, and helped create the Stanford Entrepreneurship Corner for entrepreneurship educators worldwide.

Since completing her PhD, Pinar has received the Excellence in Research Award at IESE, the EFMD Best Teaching Case Award, the IDEA Entrepreneurship Thought Leader Award, and Best Paper Nominations and Awards at Academy of Management Journal and Strategic Management Society. Pinar is also the 2015 recipient of the British Academy Newton Grant for the study of open innovation, the 2016 SWIFT award for the study of the UK Banking industry’s transition into open application programming interfaces (API’s), and the 2016 Best Conference Paper Award at Strategic Management Society.

In 2017, Pinar had the honour to be selected to the Top 40 Business School Professors under 40 by Poets and Quants. In 2018, Pinar received the Strategic Management Society Research in Organisations Award for her work on the disruption in the banking sector in partnership with Swift Institute. She was recently selected to the global Thinkers 50 list for emerging thinkers with the potential to make lasting contributions to management theory and practice. In 2019, she was chosen as a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow for her work on the disruption of banking in Europe and the UK. Finally, in 2021, Pinar was chosen to the Global Women in Fintech Powerlist by Innovate Finance. 

Pinar is a founding partner of Blanchard International Turkey. Her work experience also includes management consulting at Siemens Corporation in Munich, Germany, and strategy consulting with technology ventures and venture capital firms in the Silicon Valley.

Pinar is from Istanbul, Turkey. She speaks English, German, Spanish, Turkish and Dutch. 


  • Technology markets
  • Digital competition
  • Platforms and ecosystems
  • Entrepreneurial strategy
  • Competitive strategy


Pinar specialises in strategy and entrepreneurship in technology markets. Her current research includes the open banking project, where she examines the industry disruption in banking through regulation and entry of fintechs, and the development of the sharing economy.


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Digitalisation versus regulation: How disruptive digital communication technologies alter institutional contexts through public interest framing

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Pinar has served as the academic advisor of Sharing Economy UK as well as a research fellow at Swift Institute. Her consulting work includes technology start-ups and large firms in Silicon Valley and Europe since 2003 with clients such as Citibank, Coca Cola, Electronic Arts, KPMG, Swift, Telefonica and Unilever.


Pinar has been teaching in the areas of strategy, entrepreneurship, technology management, and change management in MBA, MSc, PhD, Executive MBA, and Open and In-Company Executive Programs. Over the years, she has received multiple teaching awards.

She has extensive expertise in executive and online education, and contributes to programmes across the School's online portfolio. 

Pinar is Director of the Oxford Fintech Programme, Oxford AI in Fintech and Open Banking Programme and Oxford Digital Disruption and Platforms Programme, she also teaches on the Oxford Cyber Security for Business Leaders Programme.

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