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Dr Bahare Afrahi

Course Director and lecturer Entrepreneurship and Innovation


I'm looking after Entrepreneurship and Innovation Course in the Department of Strategy, Marketing, and Innovation and also lecture relevant modules. I am also a researcher in Small Business Research Centre. Before joining Kingston University, I worked as a Fire Engineer on projects related to the safety evaluation of steel structures and as an entrepreneur in the retail industry.

I received my PhD in Entrepreneurship from the University of Essex. I hold a Master of Research from the University of Liverpool, and the MBA in Marketing and Finance from Hanken School of Economics. I am also an Associate Fellow Member of the Higher Education Academy. 

If you are interested in me supervising your Research (MSc, PhD), send a short and focused proposal and include your CV (

Areas of expertise:

Business exit, Entrepreneurial exit, Business Exit strategies, Entrepreneurs' transition, Entrepreneurs' health and well-being, Work disengagement, Employee disengagement and engagement

Areas of specialism

  • Business exit strategies; harvest; volunteer cessation; stewardship
  • Entrepreneurial exit; entrepreneurs' transition
  • Work/employee/job disengagement; engagement
  • work health and well-being of workers
  • Quantitative methods


  • PhD in Entrepreneurship (University of Essex)
  • MSc in Research Business (University of Liverpool)
  • MBA in Marketing-Finance (Hanken School of Economics)

Professional membership

Board member, Entrepreneurship SIG at British Academy of Management (BAM)

Member of the European Network for Social and Economic Research (ENSR)


I research and write about entrepreneurial exit decisions and different strategies that entrepreneurs pursue to leave the venture, i.e. voluntary cessation, harvesting, and stewardship exit strategies. I am also interested in health and well-being and benefits of work disengagement as a cognitive choice or as a coping mechanism. So the variables and conditions that influence entrepreneurs' feelings for their business such as, co-founders' interactions and support and diversity in entrepreneurial management teams. I am interested in the applications of Structural Equation Modelling and teach it from time to time.


Best Paper Award:

*2017 Best Full Paper Award in Organisational Psychology at British Academy of Management Conference. 

*2017 Best Full Paper Award from Australian Organisation of Employees' Health and Wellbeing.


Number of items: 6.

Conference or Workshop Item

Afrahi, Bahare and Blackburn, Robert (2019) Entrepreneurs exit strategies : the role of emotion. In: British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference 2019 : Building and Sustaining High Performance Organisations in Uncertain Times : Challenges and Opportunities; 03 - 05 Sep 2019, Birmingham, U.K.. ISBN 9780995641327

Afrahi, Bahare, Blenkinsopp, J., Fernandez de Aroyabe, J. C. and Karim, M. S. (2019) In defence of disengaged worker. In: 10th Annual Faculty Research Conference: Contemporary Issues in Business and Social Sciences in a period of uncertainty; 03 - 04 Jun 2019, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Afrahi, Bahare, Karim, Mohammed Shamsul and Fernandez de Arroyabe, Juan Carlos (2018) Entrepreneurs' emotional disengagement from business. In: British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference 2018: Driving Productivity in Uncertain and Challenging Times; 04-06 Sep 2018, Bristol, U.K.. ISBN 9780995641310

Afrahi, Bahare, Karim, M. S. and Fernandes de Arroyabe, J.C. (2018) Effect of entrepreneurs’ emotional disengagement on entrepreneurial exit strategies. In: 38th Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC); 6-9 Jun 2018, Waterford, Ireland. (Unpublished)

Afrahi, Bahare, Fernandez de Arroyabe, Juan Carlos and Karim, Mohammed Shamsul (2017) Work disengagement: a systematic review of the evidence. In: British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference 2017: Re-Connecting Management Research with the Disciplines: Shaping the Research Agenda for the Social Sciences; 05 -07 Sep 2017, Coventry, U.K.. ISBN 9780995641303

Afrahi, Bahare (2016) Entrepreneurs’ disengagement. In: British Academy of Management (BAM) 2016 Doctoral Symposium; 5 Sep 2016, Newcastle, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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