Isik U. Zeytinoglu


“I am planning to work on flexible work schedules in creating employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.”



Key Appointments

  • Dr. Zeytinoglu teaches graduate level courses on research design and methods, and industrial relations theory and research issues at McMaster University.
  • At the undergraduate level she teaches courses on management of occupational health and safety, and human resource management and industrial relations.
  • She was recently an expert speaker at the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Consultation on Healthy Workplaces, in Rome, Italy, December 2012.
  • Dr. Zeytinoglu was also a Keynote Speaker/ Rapporteur at the International Labour and Employment Relations (ILERA) 16th World Congress, in Philadelphia, USA, July 2012.
  • Past-Chair of the Flexible Work International Study Group, International Industrial Relations Association
  • Served on the board of the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada and as executive for Canadian Industrial Relations Association and Industrial Relations Research Association Hamilton and Area Chapter
  • Past co-chair of the Steering Committee for McMaster Research Centre for the Promotion of Women’s Health



  • Ph.D., Management/Industrial Relations, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  • M.A., Managerial Sciences and Applied Economics, University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  • M.B.A., Management, Bogazici University, Turkey
  • B.A., Bogazici University, Turkey


Areas of expertise

Dr. Zeytinoglu’s research interests/expertise include flexible work schedules (flex-time, compressed workweek, variable workweek, short or long workweek, and weekend work) as well as non-standard employment/flexible work arrangements (part- time, temporary, contract, telework) and employer flexibility strategies. She is an expert on the subject of promotion, training, job satisfaction, retention issues in workplaces and occupational health (social organization of work, stress and musculoskeletal disorders). She is knowledgeable in the area of health sector human resources (nursing and home care focus) and macro-level human resource management/international and comparative industrial relations issues.

Research and Related Activities

Dr. Zeytinoglu’s current research focuses on employer flexibility strategies and non-standard employment issues, and job satisfaction, retention and employee health issues in Canada and Turkey.


Publications related to CRWDP


Cooke, G., Donaghey, J. & Zeytinoglu, I.U. 2013. The nuanced nature of work quality: evidence from rural Newfoundland and Ireland. Human Relations. 66(4): 503-527.

Zeytinoglu, I.U., Yilmaz, G., Keser, A., Inelmen, K., Uygur, D., & Ozsoy, A. 2013. ‘Job satisfaction, flexible employment and job security among Turkish service sector workers’, Economic and Industrial Democracy, 34(1): 120-141.

Inelmen, K., Zeytinoglu, I.U. &Uygur, D. 2012. A Comparison of the Antecedents of Turkish Generation X and Millennial Hotel Employees’ Career Commitment. In Ng, E., Lyons, S. and Schweitzer, L. Managing the New Workforce: International Perspectives on the Millennial Generation: 185-203. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Chowhan, J., Zeytinoglu, I.U., & Cooke, G. B., 2012. ‘Are immigrants’ pay and benefit satisfaction different than Canadian-born?’ Relations Industrielles/ Industrial Relations, 67(1): 3-24.

Zeytinoglu, I.U., Keser, A., Yılmaz, G., Inelmen, K., Özsoy, A., & Uygur, D. 2012. ‘Security in a sea of insecurity: Job security and intention to stay among service sector employees in Turkey’, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23(13): 2809-2823.

Zeytinoglu, I.U., Denton, M., & Plenderleith, J., 2011. Workplace violence and workers’ stress: The case of homecare workers in Ontario, Canada. In O. Manninen (ed), Work Among the Elderly: 55-69. Tampere, Finland: Kopijy vä (publisher). ISBN: 978-952-93-0123-2

Mann, S.L., Cooke, G.B. and Zeytinoglu, I.U. 2011.  ‘Workplace child care and elder care programs and employee retention’, Journal of Industrial Relations, 53(2): 248-254.

Zeytinoglu, I.U., Denton, M., & Plenderleith, J. 2011. ‘Flexible employment and nurses’ intention to leave the profession: the role of support at work’, Health Policy, 99 (2): 149-157.

Zeytinoglu, I.U., Cooke, G.B.  & Mann, S. 2010. ‘Employer Offered Family Support Programs and Voluntary and Involuntary Part-time Work’, Relations Industrielles/ Industrial Relations, 65(2): 177-195.

Zeytinoglu, I.U., Cooke, G.B.  & Mann, S. 2009. ‘Flexibility: Whose choice is it anyway?’ Relations Industrielles/ Industrial Relations, 64(3): 555-574.

Cooke, G.B., Zeytinoglu, I.U.  & Chowhan, J. 2009. ‘Barriers to training access’, Perspectives on Labour and Income (Statistics Canada), July: 14-25.

Zeytinoglu, I.U., Denton, M., Davies, S. & Plenderleith Millen, J. 2009. ‘Casualized employment and turnover intention: Home care workers in Ontario, Canada’, Health Policy, 91: 258-268.

Cooke, G.B., Zeytinoglu, I.U. & Mann, S. 2009. ‘Weekend based short workweeks: Peripheral work or facilitating work-life balance’, Community, Work and Family, 12(4): 409-415.

Zeytinoglu, I.U. & Cooke, G.B. 2009. ‘On-the-Job Training in Canada: Associations with New Information Technology, Innovation Introduced and Competition Experienced by the Workplace’, Journal of Industrial Relations, 51(1): 95-112.

Zeytinoglu, I.U., Denton, M., Davies, S. & Plenderleith Millen, J. 2009. ‘Office home care workers’ occupational health: Associations with workplace flexibility and worker insecurity’, Healthcare Policy, 4(4): 106-119.

For contact and additional information, please visit: Isik U. Zeytinoglu