Dr Keivan Aghasi

PhD, MSc.

Management School

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship

Keivan Aghasi.
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Dr Keivan Aghasi
Management School
Sheffield University Management School
Conduit Road
S10 1FL

Keivan Aghasi is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the University of Sheffield. Prior to his current appointment, he was a Research Associate at the Entrepreneurship Centre, University of Cambridge Judge Business School where he currently holds an honorary Associate position. His areas of research revolve around unravelling and alleviating the challenges of growth and transformation of start-ups into viable businesses. In particular, he is investigating the impact of structured support programmes (e.g., accelerators and incubators) and scalable (regional) interventions in the start-up eco-system to bolster entrepreneurship. Keivan has participated and been consulted in several European Commission and national funded projects in the UK and Italy related to understanding the challenges of resource acquisition for start-ups and growth for SMEs as the driver of innovation in various sectors including high-tech, knowledge intensive, and cultural creative industries.

  • PhD- Politecnico di Milano (Polimi)
  • PhD- Royal Institute of Technology
  • MSc-University of Gothenburg
  • MSc - Chalmers University of Technology
Research interests

Keivan is interested to conduct research at the intersection of strategy and entrepreneurship. His research focuses on:

  • Growth & scaleup 
  • Organizational sponsorship 
  • SME collaborations
  • Exit of start-ups & SMEs

Journal articles

Research group

Entrepreneurship, Strategy, & International Business

  • “Exploring the effect of sponsorship and certification in the Italian market for high-tech SMEs”, Associazione italiana di Ingegneria Gestionale (AiIG), € 5,000, 2022-2024.
  • “Developing management system to boost productivity via online and peer-to-peer learning among SMEs”, Innovate UK- Business Basic 2 SME productivity, £350,000, 2020-2021.
Teaching interests

Keivan welcomes PhD students interested in:

  • Start-up sponsorship in emerging economies
  • Strategic entrepreneurship
  • Start-up coopetition
  • SME growth