Dr Daniel Yar Hamidi

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow

Daniel Yar Hamidi
Email address: daniel.yar@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 321776 Location: Room MN026, Arthur Storer (MN) Building Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences School/Institute: University of Wolverhampton Business School Areas of expertise: Corporate governance; entrepreneurship; small and medium enterprise development, intellectual property rights; innovation management


My academic career began in technical colleges but come to turn into information technology later and eventually to social sciences and business administration. I completed my doctorate in innovation sciences with a focus on governance of small and medium enterprises.

My multidisciplinary background gives me the capability and interest to involve and manage complex questions about development of enterprises and diverse research questions involving different perspective. I have been engaged in business life for more than two decades and have acted as external CEO for companies, director for research and business development centres.

I have studied, worked and conducted research at universities of Stockholm, Gothenburg, Boras, Jonkoping, Halmstad, Malaga etc.

I have various experiences from management of projects sponsored by the EU. Among others in Central Asia and Europe and currently manage a Marie Sklodowska-Curie research project on governance of SMEs in a service-dominant logic at University of Wolverhampton.

Research interests

My research interests are in corporate governance and especially board of directors and the leadership of boards. Recent projects investigated board leadership, board and innovation in SME and entrepreneurial firms. I have also been involved in a number of projects focusing on start-ups and governance in other organizational contexts such as non-profit organisation etc.

Membership of professional bodies

  • European Academy of management (EURAM), I am currently a member and chair of programme for the Corporate Governance Special Interest group (CoGo SIG)
  • Nordic Corporate Governance Network (NCGN), I am a member and a reviewer in this network
  • The Swedish Association of University Teachers and Researchers (SULF), I am a member and a representative
  • Swedish Academy of Directors, member (former president)


  • PHD Innovation Science: Governance for Innovation–Board Leadership and Value Creation in Entrepreneurial Firms (Halmstad University, Sweden)
  • MBA Entrepreneurship: University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • MSc Informatics: Jonkoping International Business School, Sweden
  • BA Business Informatics: University of Boras, Sweden
  • BSc Construction: Kerman University, Iran
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Boras, Sweden


Peer-reviewed scientific journals

Yar Hamidi, D. & Gabriellson, J. 2014. Developments and trends in research on board leadership: a systematic literature review. International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, 9, 243-268. (no citation information available)
Yar Hamidi, D., Wennberg, K. & Berglund, H. 2008. Creativity in entrepreneurship education. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 15, 304-320.
(cited by 35)
Book Chapters
Yar Hamidi, D. (2018). Building Dynamic Capabilities. Chairperson’s leadership, knowledge and experience in SMEs. The Dynamics of Entrepreneurial Contexts Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship Research. U. Hytti, R. Blackburn and S. Tegtmeier, Edward Elgar: 232.
Martina, R., Gabriellson, J. & Yar Hamidi, D. 2014. Entrepreneurial strategies in university spin-offs: Coping with uncertainties in the process of market creation. In: GNAN, L., LANDSTRÖM, H., SONGINI, L. & PELLEGRINI, M. (eds.) Advancing European Entrepreneurship Research: Entrepreneurship as a Working Attitude, a Mode of Thinking and an Everyday Practice. Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age Publishing
Yar Hamidi, D. & Gabriellson, J. 2016. Corporate governance and innovation in small entrepreneurial firms: The board chairperson’s role. In: GABRIELSON, J. (ed.) Handbook of Research on Governance and Entrepreneurship. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Articles

Yar Hamidi, D. 2014. The external chairperson in entrepreneurial SMEs – changing perspectives on chairperson task performance in owner-managed entrepreneurial firms. RENT 2014. Luxemburg: RENT.
Yar Hamidi, D. 2015. Effects of chairperson´s leadership, knowledge and experience on innovation in SMEs - building dynamic capabilities in small firms. Research in Entrepreneurship and Amall Business. Zagreb: RENT.
Yar Hamidi, D. 2015. The external chairperson in owner-managed SMEs – what do they do? Evidence from Sweden. European Academy of Management. Warsawa: EURAM.
Yar Hamidi, D. 2016. Boards and value-creation in entrepreneurial firms - Mastering chairperson leadership. Ph.D. Doctoral, Halmstad University.
Yar Hamidi, D. 2016. Chairperson leadership and entrepreneurial strategic posture in SMEs: a conceptual framework and research model. Nordic Corporate Governance Network (NCGN). Helsinki.
Yar Hamidi, D. & Gabriellson, J. 2012. Trends in Corporate Governance Research on Board Leadership: Implications for Research and Practice. EURAM. Rotterdam.
Yar Hamidi, D. & Gabriellson, J. 2014. Board chairmanship and innovation in growth oriented firms: Opening up the black box of leadership in the boardroom. EURAM 2014 (European Academy of Management). Valencia: EURAM.
Yar Hamidi, D. & Gabriellson, J. 2015. Chairpersonship and board strategy involvement in SMEs. ICGS Conference. Copenhagen: International Corporate Governance Society.
Yar Hamidi, D. & Gabriellson, J. 2016. Corporate governance and innovation in small entrepreneurial firms: The board chairperson’s role. In: GABRIELSON, J. (ed.) Handbook of Research on Governance and Entrepreneurship. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.
Yar Hamidi, D. 2016. Governance for Innovation - Board leadership and Value creation in entrepreneurial firms. PHD thesis, Halmstad University.
Yar Hamidi, D. & Babarin, C. J. 2000. IT-Management och strategisk uppföljning. Master of Science Master, Jönköping University.
Yar Hamidi, D. & Babarin, C. J. 2002. Dekorativ Komposit. Master of Business Administration Master, University of Gothenburg.
Yar Hamidi, D. & Zaks, T. 2000. En komparativ studie av nyckelbegrepp i administrativa informationssystem - Utifrån de olika intressenternas uppfattningar. Bachelor of Science, Universtity of Borås.

Experience in industry

I regularly present my research to practitioner audiences, including presentations to the Swedish Institute of Directors (Styrelseakademien) and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce etc. I also arrange training programmes for directors and managers for SMEs and governmental agencies with interest in SME development and policy making.

I write popular research and debate articles for daily newspapers and professional magazines and use to attend and act as moderator at meetings and seminars.

Further information

Teaching interests

  • Corporate Governance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Growth
  • Organisational Theory

External academic roles

  • Reviewer Journal for East European management Studies (JEEMS)
  • Reviewer International Journal of Health Policy and Management (IJHPM)
  • Director Centre for Working Life and Science