I'm looking after Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management 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 a 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 (email@example.com).
Areas of expertise:
Business exit, Entrepreneurial exit, Business Exit strategies, Entrepreneurs' transition, Entrepreneurs' health and well-being, Work disengagement, Employee disengagement and engagement
Course Director and lecturer Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
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.
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
International Review of the Features and Functioning of Digital Business Diagnostic Tools: Supporting SME Productivity Growth and Inclusive Entrepreneurship This study for OECD, led by Robert Blackburn with Hang Do, and Bahare Afrahi, develops case studies of digital diagnostic tools for small business owners in four countries (UK, Ireland, France, and Australia). The study compares different approaches to providing online support, the rationales informing choice of model, and evidence of the impact of the different tools on service users.
The Global University Entrepreneurial Spirit Students' Survey (GUESSS): Guesss is an international research project that examines the entrepreneurial intentions and activities of students using a geographical and temporal comparison. The eighth GUESSS edition was conducted in 2019 with 50 countries; more than 1000 universities, and more than 122,000 students took part. SBRC manages the project in the UK, led by Robert Blackburn with Bahare Afrahi and Ledda Shokuri, where they completed the data collection and are in the process of analysing and drafting the report.
Productive Entrepreneurship: This project is funded by the OECD, led by Robert Blackburn, working together with Bahare Afrahi. The project highlighted a range of effective policy approaches to developing a broad base of productive startups throughout the economy. The report provided an overview of policy approaches that have stimulated productive entrepreneurship across sectors and territories through support programmes and policy reforms delivered by the central government, directly or through entrepreneurship support institutions, subnational governments and other intermediary organisations. It focused on a set of good international practices and demonstrated results, which were suited for transposition to a variety of contexts. It also identified good practices regarding methodologies and key performance indicators used to monitor and evaluate such programmes.