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    Dr Vahid Jafari-Sadeghi (SFHEA) is a Lecturer in International Business and is the Programme Director of MSc International Business at Aston Business School. Before joining Aston University, Vahid was a senior lecturer in International Entrepreneurship at the Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, and lecturer in Business Strategy at the School of Strategy and Leadership at Coventry University. He is an active researcher in the field of international entrepreneurship, particularly in the area of SME internationalisation. Vahid has published papers in leading international journals such as the British Journal of Management, Risk Analysis, International Business ReviewJournal of Business ResearchTechnological Forecasting and Social ChangeJournal of International Entrepreneurship, etc. Dr Jafari-Sadeghi is an associate editor at the EuroMed Journal of Business, and a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small BusinessInternational Journal of Business and Globalisation, and British Food Journal. He has served as the lead guest editor for special issues at the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Journal of Enterprise Information Management, Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research, and British Food Journal. Vahid has edited various books in Springer, Routledge, and Emerald and performed as track chair and presenter for several international conferences.

    Research Interests

    Building on the wealth of international entrepreneurship, Vahid is focusing on the internationalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). His main research interests are

    • Drivers of successful internationalisation in different contexts 
    • Non-linear internationalisation strategies of SMEs
    • External and internal factors toward the de-internationalisation of entrepreneurial firms (e.g., born globals)
    • Knowledge management practices and inter-organisational arrangements among small internationalisers
    • Digital technology transformation, and new business models for international business venturing in the ear of the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0)

    Funding Applications and Awards

    • European Institute for Export Compliance (EIFEC)- Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (Assegno di Ricerca in Università degli Studi di Torino) (Nov 2018-Sept 2019), Export compliance as emerging issues in international business (€19.637,00), Principal Investigator/ Fellowship Holder
    • Thompson Rivers University- SOBE Emerging Researcher Grant (Sept 2018- Aug 2019), SMEs’ International Entrepreneurship: Research Mapping the Environmental, Organisational, and Institutional Perspectives, ($5,000), International Co-Investigator
    • Thompson Rivers University- SOBE Emerging Researcher Grant (Sept 2018-Aug 2019), Examining Different Contingency Factors Effective in Entering International Markets of New Firms, ($5,000), International Co-Investigator
    • University of Regina- DEAN’s Grant (Sept 2018- Aug 2019), Structural and Competitive Determinants of Global Orientation by Indigenous-owned Small Business (Canadian Firms) ($5,000), International Co-Investigator and Fieldwork Research Manager
    • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)- Presidents SEED Fund (Sept 2017- Aug 2019), Entrepreneurship as a Vehicle for Effective Participation in the Global Economy "On One's Own Terms" (Firms in Iran, Zimbabwe, and New Caledonia) ($4,800), International CO-Investigator and fieldwork Researcher for Iranian cases

    Professional/editorial offices

    Editorial Boards

    • International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research (2022-Present)
    • Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development (2022-Present)
    • EuroMed Journal of Business (2021-Present)
    • International Journal of Entrepreneurship & Small Business (2021-Present)
    • International Journal of Business and Globalisation (2021-Present)
    • World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development (2021-Present)
    • British Food Journal (2020-Present)
    • International Journal of Electronic Trade (2020-Present)

    Guest Editorship

    Edited Books

    • Jafari-Sadeghi, V., & Amoozad Mahdiraji. (In production) Sustainable decision-making in international entrepreneurship: Unveiling cognitive implications towards entrepreneurial internationalisation (Book), Emerald publishing (Entrepreneurial Behaviour Series).
    • Jafari-Sadeghi, V., & Dana, L-P. (Eds.) (2022). International Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets: Contexts, Behaviours, and Successful Entry. Routledge, New York, ISBN: 9781032110868. Link to access the book (
    • Jafari-Sadeghi, V., Amoozad Mahdiraji, H., & Dana, L-P. (Eds.) (2021). Empirical international entrepreneurship: A handbook of methods, approaches and applications. Springer Nature, Switzerland AG, Link to access the book


    • Literati Award Winners 2022: Outstanding Reviewer, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Emerald Publishing 
    • SSL Award 2020 for 'Best Team: BA Business Administration', School of Strategy and Leadership, Coventry University
    • SSL Award 2020 for 'Research Impact', School of Strategy and Leadership, Coventry University
    • Outstanding Paper Award (2019), 53rd International Business Research Conference, Melbourne, Australia

    Administrative Roles

    Vahid is currently the Programme Director of MSc International Business. He was also the former programme director of BSc International Business and Management (Jan 2022 - Sept 2022)

    Teaching Activity

    Vahid teaches modules related to international entrepreneurship at the postgraduate (MSc) level.

    • BDM173: Research Method (MSc International Business Dissertation/Project) (2022-Present)
    • BSM933: International Business (2022-Present)
    • BSM934: Advanced Topics in International Business (2021-2022)
    • BSM936: International Business Strategy (2021-2022)
    • BSM948: Business Venturing (2021-2022)


    Membership of Professional Bodies

    Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Università degli Studi di Torino

    Oct 2015Sep 2018

    Award Date: 1 Oct 2018

    MSc, Payam Noor University

    Sep 2011Jul 2013

    Award Date: 21 Jul 2013

    BSc, Tafresh University

    Sep 2007Aug 2011

    Award Date: 29 Aug 2011

    External positions

    Senior Lecturer in International Entrepreneurship, University of Northumbria Newcastle

    Jun 2021Sep 2021

    Lecturer in Business Strategy, Coventry University

    Sep 2019May 2021

    Post-Doctoral Research and Teaching Fellow, Università degli Studi di Torino

    Nov 2018Sep 2019


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