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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 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 the special issues at the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & ResearchJournal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research, and British Food Journal. Vahid has edited various books in Springer and Routledge 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 
    • External and internal factors toward 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)

    Professional/editorial offices

    Editorial Boards

    • 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



    • 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

    Teaching Activity

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

    • BSM934: Advanced Topics in International Business
    • BSM936: International Business Strategy
    • BSM948: Business Venturing

    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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