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Dr Fariba Darabi BA, MSc, DBA

Senior Lecturer in International Business, College of Business, Technology & Engineering


Summary

Senior Lecturer in International Business, Department of Management PhD Post-Graduate Research Tutor in Sheffield Business School.

About

I am a Senior Lecturer and PhD Post-Graduate Research Tutor in Sheffield Business School. Prior to that I co-led PhD Programme Leadership, led MRes (Business) course, led two courses ‘Entrepreneurship and Business Leadership’ and ‘Business and Management’ with the business school’s education partner ‘Botswana Accountancy College’.

I hold a ‘Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)’ my thesis exploring the role of trust in developing business school – SME collaborations. I also hold an MSc in International Marketing. Prior to my academic career I was an industry practitioner in international trade working with SMEs, family businesses, and semi-public-private organisations overseas. I teach subjects around global supply chain management across UG and PG levels.

On the MSc International Business Management course which is EPAS accredited, I lead the ‘Research Methods in International Business’ module with an innovative approach which has significantly improved the students attainment in 2020. I also lead the ‘Research Design and Execution’ module on the MRes Business course. I supervise MSc student dissertations and International Consultancy live projects, which involves industry engagement.

In 2019, I was nominated for ‘Inspirational Teaching Award’ in the business school. I am a HEA teaching Fellow. My research interests and publications are in the field of SMEs, Engaged Scholarship, Entrepreneurship and resilience in small firms, Trust in inter-organisational relationships, Entrepreneurship Education, Sustainability in Family Businesses, Global Sourcing/Global Supply Chain Management, and methodological approaches to research.

I have published in well-regarded journals including International Journal of Entrepreneurial Research Behaviour, European Journal of Training and Development and have also published several book chapters. I am currently supervising six PhD researchers, and have supervised 3 doctoral students to successful completion and have also examined doctorate theses. In 2020 and also 2021 I was nominated for the ‘Inspirational Research Supervisory award’ in Sheffield Business School.

As an active member of the British Academy of Management (BAM) and former Secretary of their Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group, and member of International Business and Methodology Special Interest Groups, and also the European Academy of Management (EURAM) Entrepreneurship SIG I actively contribute to external academic research-based bodies. I have been an invited presenter at the BAM’s annual doctoral symposium, for several years.

I regularly review academic papers for academic journals such as International Small Business Journal and International Journal of Entrepreneurial Research Behaviour. I have engagements with external educational institutions internationally. I have been invited to ‘International Human Resource Development Conference’ in Botswana to deliver the keynote speech on ‘SMEs development and entrepreneurship’; I have developed and delivered a course on ‘Ethics in International Business’ to Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Finland.

I am currently collaborating with colleagues from University of Waikato in New Zealand, and Birmingham Business school on two research projects. I have established, led and advanced the theme of SMEs, Entrepreneurship and Innovation within International Business and Business Economics Research Group in Sheffield Business School, where I organised research-based events joint with BAM Entrepreneurship SIG.

I am the business school representative at NARTI Board and secured funding to design, host and lead an event for Doctoral students and Early Career Researchers from across the UK with EURAM Entrepreneurship SIG Chair as one of the keynote speakers, in 2019. I have also managed to secure internal funding of £8000 to lead a collaborative research project on entrepreneurship between Sheffield Business School and Botswana Accountancy College in 2017.

Senior Lecturer in International Business

Teaching

Department of Management

College of Business, Technology and Engineering

International Business

Co-led PhD Programme Leadership and Led MRes (Business) course

Course leader for two courses ‘Entrepreneurship and Business Leadership’ and ‘Business and Management’ with the business school’s education partner ‘Botswana Accountancy College’

Global Supply Chain Management at UG and PG levels

Research Methods in International Business

Research Design and Execution International Consultancy Project

Supervision MSc Dissertation, PhD and DBA

Research

Broadly my research interest lies in Entrepreneurship and SMEs, and International Business. some examples of my research projects are: Inter-organisational Relationships, Engaged Scholarship, SMEs-University relationship and the role of Trust, Enterprise Education, Global sourcing

Principal investigator of 'Developing a sustainable Enterprise Education in Botswana', internally funded collaborative project with the Business School education Partner BAC.


Publications

Key Publications

Pham, S.H., Darabi, F., & Wilmot, N. (2016). International Supply Chain Case Study. In Christiansen, B. (Ed.) Handbook of Research on Global Supply Chain Management. (pp. 205-226). Hershey PA. USA: IGI Global: http://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-9639-6.ch012

Darabi, F., & Clark, M. (2012). Developing business school/SMEs collaboration: the role of trust. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, 18 (4), 477-493. http://doi.org/10.1108/13552551211239500

Darabi, F. (2016). Investigating a university business school and industry collaboration: a general analytical inductive qualitative research case. SAGE. http://doi.org/10.4135/978144627305015595958

Darabi, F. (2016). Investigating a University Business School and Industry Collaboration: A General Analytical Inductive Qualitative Research Case. In Sage's Research Methods Series, Cases in Methodology. New York: Sage Publications, London

Duffy, M. (2018). Influencers and consequences of Organisational Commitment within Sheffield City Region’s mid-sized businesses. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Darabi, F. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00135

Kesseba, K. (2018). Factors Influencing Performance Management of Non-Equity Joint Ventures in theOil Sector. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Darabi, F. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00178

Weligodapola, M., & Darabi, F. (2018). Developing general analytical inductive qualitative research strategy to explore small enterprise growth in turbulent economies. PROCEEDINGS OF THE 17TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON RESEARCH METHODOLOGY FOR BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT STUDIES (ECRM 2018), 482-490. https://www.academic-bookshop.com/ourshop/prod_6457339-ECRM-2018-PDF-Proceedings-of-the-17th-European-Conference-on-Research-Methodology-for-Business-and-Management-Studies.html

Darabi, F., Saunders, M.N.K., & Clark, M. (2020). Trust initiation and development in SME-University Collaborations: implications for enabling engaged scholarship. European Journal of Training and Development. http://doi.org/10.1108/EJTD-04-2020-0068

Journal articles

Darabi, F., & Clark, M. (2012). Developing Business School/ SMEs Collaboration: The Role of Trust. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research, 18 (4), 477-493. http://doi.org/10.1108/13552551211239500

Weligodapola, M., & Darabi, F. (n.d.). Crises and small firm resilience in post-conflict situations. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research.

Conference papers

Ahsan, R., Darabi, F., Johnson, S., & Holland, C. (2022). Challenges in collecting documentary evidence: an exploration of Academic Entrepreneurship in Bangladesh. In BAM 2022 Conference, Manchester, 2022 - 2 September 2022. https://www.bam.ac.uk/events-landing/conference.html

Scott, J., & saunders, M.M.N.K. (2022). In Pursuit of Relevance in Times of Turbulence: Engaged Scholarship in Small Business Research. In Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange.

Weligodapola, M., & Darabi, F. (2018). Developing General Analytical Inductive Qualitative Research Strategy to Explore Small Enterprise Growth in Turbulent Economies. In Demartini, P., & Marchiori, M. (Eds.) European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies, Rome, Italy, 12 July 2018 - 13 July 2018. Acip

Weligodapola, M., & Darabi, F. (2018). Developing General Analytical Inductive Qualitative Research Strategy to Explore Small Enterprise Growth in Turbulent Economies. In Demartini, P., & Marchiori, M. (Eds.) European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies, Rome, Italy, 12 July 2018 - 13 July 2018. Acip

Darabi, F. (2015). Developing collaboration between SMEs/Business School: Opportunities and Challenges. Botswana Tertiary Education Fair and Conference.

Darabi, F. (2014). Teaching Research Design: Positioning Neo-empiricist inductive management research. European Conference on Research Methodology, 0.

Darabi, F., & Clark, M. (2013). Developing a General Analytical Inductive Qualitative Research Strategy to Investigate Business School - Industry Collaboration. PROCEEDINGS OF THE 12TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON RESEARCH METHODOLOGY FOR BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT STUDIES, 108-117.

Book chapters

Darabi, F., & Scott, J.M. (2022). Formulating the Research Design. In Research Methods for Business Students. Pearson

Darabi, F., & Scott, J.M. (2022). Formulating the Research Design. In Research Methods for Business Students. Pearson

Presentations

Darabi, F. (2015). Developing collaboration between SMEs/Business School: Opportunities and Challenges.

Darabi, F. (2015). A General Analytic Inductive Approach and the Use of Technology in Analysing Qualitative Data Research: SMEs and Large Organisations Relationships.

Clark, M., & Darabi, F. (2014). Teaching Research Design: Positioning Neo-empiricist inductive management research.

Darabi, F. (2014). Trust Initiative in collaboration through B2B relationship management.

Darabi, F. (2012). Developing Collaborative Relationships between SMEs and Business School: A need to Build Trust.

Darabi, F. (2012). Teaching Research Method Workshop.

Darabi, F. (2012). Trust Building in Inter-Organisational Relationships: The Role of Networking, Integrity and Managing the Expectations.

Darabi, F. (2011). Collaboration between Business Schools and SMEs: The Role of Trust.

Darabi, F. (2011). Developing SMEs/Business School Collaboration and The Role of Trust; An Analytical Approach.

Darabi, F. (2011). The primacy of Trust in Inter-Organisational Collaboration.

Darabi, F. (2011). Developing Business School/SME Collaboration.

Clark, M., & Darabi, F. (2010). Customer Relationship Management & the Role of Trust: Business Development & Collaboration between universities and SMEs.

Clark, M., & Darabi, F. (2010). Developing Business School/SMEs Collaboration: The Role of Trust.

Clark, M., & Darabi, F. (2010). Developing University/SME Collaboration: The Role of Trust.

Clark, M., & Darabi, F. (2010). Developing University/SME Collaboration: The Role of Trust.

Darabi, F. (2010). Trust in Inter-Organisational Collaboration: University and Industry, Analytic Induction Approach, Poster presented.

Other activities

  • Paper reviewer for International Small Business Journal, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Research Behaviour
  • NARTI Board Member
  • BAM Committee and SIG member
  • EURAM SIG member
  • Committee member of European Conference of Research Methodology

Postgraduate supervision

Currently supervising 6 PhD candidates which I am Director of Studies of 5 of these. Their research areas are on Supply Chain Management, Small Firms Resilience in post-conflict situation, Enterprise Education, Academic Entrepreneurship, Institutional Voids in Emerging Markets.

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