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Dr Fariba Darabi

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

Summary

I am a Senior Lecturer in International Business in the College of Business, Technology and Engineering and Sheffield Business School. Currently I co-lead PhD Programme Leadership and am also PhD academic support tutor and MRes (Business) course leader. Prior to this role I was course leader for 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 2019/20. 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 4 doctoral students to successful completion and have also examined doctorate theses. In 2020 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 a colleague in University of Waikato in New Zealand on two research projects which one of the projects is joint with a highly regarded scholar from Birmingham Business school. 

I have established, led and advanced the theme of SMEs, Entrepreneurship and Innovation within IBERG (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 and secured funding to design, host and lead an event for Doctoral students and Early Career Researchers from across the UK with one of the keynote speakers from EURAM Entrepreneurship SIG, 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. 



  • About

    Qualifications

    • 2014: Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 2013: Doctorate of Business Administration, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 2007: MSc International Marketing, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
    • 1992: BA English Language Translation, Other, United Kingdom

    Chair of national or international conference

    International

    • 2015: , European Conference of Research Methodology, Malta

    Member of professional body

    Other

    • 2014: The Secretary of Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group, British Academy of Management (BAM), United Kingdom

    Research coordinating activities

    Organising an event

    • 2014: , British Academy of Management (BAM), United Kingdom

    Senior Lecturer

  • Teaching

    Department of Management

    Sheffield Business School

    International Business

    2008 to present: Research Methods, Workshop on 'developing a convincing argument in academic writing', Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

  • Publications

    Key Publications

    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

    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.

    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

    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

    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. (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

    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

    Journal articles

    Darabi, F. (2012). Developing Business School/ SMEs Collaboration: The Role of Trust. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research, 18 (4).

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

    Conference papers

    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.

    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

    External Responsibilities

    • 2014: , Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

    Other

    • 2016: SHU Inspiration Women Award, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

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