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Contact Details

Phone:  +44 (0) 121 204 4838       Email: a.sadeghi1@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW909   


Dr Arash Sadeghi is a Lecturer in International Business and Strategy and is the Program Director of MSc International Business at Aston University. He completed his PhD at the University of Otago, New Zealand. His primary research interest lies in the field of international business and strategy. In particular, he is interested in studying the dynamics of international development of SMEs and the strategies for SMEs’ healthy, rapid growth.

Arash has published several articles in major international business journals, including Journal of International Marketing, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Small Business Management, Thunderbird International Business Review, and Journal of Business Research. Arash holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's in Industrial Management and Operations Research. Due to his diverse educational background, he has carried out a number of interdisciplinary research jointly with academics in the fields of Urban Planning, Energy Management, and Economics, which resulted in publications in these areas. The results of his interdisciplinary research have been published in journals such as Environment and Planning B, Sustainability, Journal of High Technology Management Research, Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, and Sustainable Cities and Society.

Teaching Activity

Arash teaches modules related to international business at the undergraduate (BSc) and postgraduate (MSc) level.

  • BS2212: International Business and Emerging Market Economies
  • BSM936: International Business Strategy
  • BEE673: International Business


  • PhD International Business, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • MSc Industrial Management, Operations Research, Tarbiat Modares University 
  • BSc Mechanical Engineering, University of Kashan

Research Interests

  • Dynamics of internationalization of SMEs
  • Rapid international growth
  • Internationalization exit and re-entry
  • Born globals
  • Export performance
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship

Research Projects/Collaborations

- Sadeghi, A., Rose, E.L. & Madsen, T. (2021). Perceived export performance: A contingent measurement approach, Journal of International Marketing, Accepted for publication in 2020 [ABS: 3, ABCD: A, JIF: 4.57]

- Sadeghi, A., Chetty, S., & Rose, E. L. (2021). Perceived export performance: The invisible part of the iceberg. Thunderbird International Business Review. 63(4),  [ABS: 2, ABCD: B] 

- Aliasghar, O., Sadeghi, A. & Rose, E.L. (2020) Process innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises: The critical role of external knowledge sourcing and absorptive capacity, Journal of Small Business Management, [ABS: 3, ABCD: A, JIF: 3.12] 

- Bouguerra, A., Mellahi, K., Glaister, K., Sadeghi, A., Temouri, Y., & Tatoglu, E. (2021). Absorptive capacity and organizational performance in an emerging market context: Evidence from the banking industry in Turkey. Journal of Business Research. [ABS: 3, ABCD: A, JIF: 7.55] 

- Sadeghi, A. & Aliasghar, O. (2020). Filling the post-entry speed of internationalization and export performance gap, Academy of Management Proceedings

- Larimian, T., Sadeghi, A., Palaiologou, G., & Schmidt-III, R. (2020). Neighbourhood Social Resilience (NSR): Definition, Conceptualisation, and Measurement Scale Development. Sustainability, 12(16). [JIF: 2.57] 

- Larimian, T., & Sadeghi, A. (2019). Measuring urban social sustainability: Scale development and validation. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science. [ABCD: A*, JIF: 2.82] 

- Sadeghi, A., Rose, E. L., & Chetty, S. (2018). Disentangling the effects of post-entry speed of internationalisation on export performance of INVs. International Small Business Journal, 36(7), 780-806.  [ABS: 3, ABCD: A, JIF: 3.756] 

- Sadeghi, A., & Larimian, T. (2018). Sustainable electricity generation mix for Iran: A fuzzy analytic network process approach. Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, 28, 30-42.  [JIF: 3.00] 

- Sadeghi, A. (2018). Success factors of high-tech SMEs in Iran: A Fuzzy MCDM Approach. The Journal of High Technology Management Research. 29 (1), 71-87 [ABS:2, JIF: 1.06] 

- Larimian, T., Zarabadi, Z. S., & Sadeghi, A. (2013). Developing a fuzzy AHP model to evaluate environmental sustainability from the perspective of Secured by Design scheme—A case study. Sustainable Cities and Society, 7, 25-36. [JIF: 5.268] 

Sadeghi, A., & Manesh, R. (2012). The Application of Fuzzy Group Analytic Network Process to Selection of Best Maintenance Strategy. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences, 62, 1378-1383. 


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