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Ovul Sezer

Ovul Sezer

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior


McColl 4725, CB 3490 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490

Ovul Sezer’s research focuses on impression mis-management — the mistakes we make when we want to impress others.

Most people think they know how to make a positive impression and can easily spot the mistakes others make, but when it comes to their own missteps, they tend to be oblivious. She identifies these mistakes and investigate how to better navigate our social world. She explores: How can we signal that we are both competent and likable? How can we brag wisely? How can we give valuable feedback in a way that strengthens our relationships rather than harming them? How can we network less awkwardly? Her research identifies useful strategies for making better impressions.

Dr. Sezer is an award-winning teacher and researcher.

She teaches courses in managerial decision-making and negotiations.

Dr. Sezer’s work has been published in leading academic journals including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. It also has been featured in Harvard Business Review, The Washington PostForbesFinancial Times and Scientific American. She was honored as one the “Top 40 Business School Professors under 40” by Poets & Quants.

She earned her PhD in organizational behavior from Harvard University. She also earned her bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics with honors from Harvard.