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Mahsa Samsami

PhD Candidate

17105 ( Universitetsveien 17, Kristiansand )

Mahsa Samsami is a doctoral candidate at the University of Agder. She earned her Master's degree in Business Administration from Tehran University. She was a teaching assistant at Tehran University and the University of Santiago de Compostela. She is currently assisting at the University of Agder. Her academic background is complemented by extensive practical experience in business administration, notably in family businesses, entrepreneurship, and investor behavior, especially in financial markets. She has worked as a member of the board and an executive manager in one brokerage of the stock exchange. She is a member of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor as a researcher.

Research interests

  • Entrepreneurship.
  • Family business
  • Digitalization
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability

Work experience

Academic Work Experience

  1. September 2021- Present- University of Santiago de Compostela  Spain Researcher, and technical support staff, Member of GEM (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor) in Spain and Galicia
  2. 2021-Present: Working as a Teaching Assistant in Statistical learning with SPSS- University of Agder
  3. Reviewing submission to International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing. (January 2023-Present).
    Reviewing submission to Management Decision (2021-Present).
    Reviewing submission to European Journal of International Management (2021-Present).
  4. Lecturer at the University of Santiago de Compostela in the field of Data description and SPSS (March 2022)        
  5. Lecturer at Kassel University in the field of Simulation by R software and Polya Tree (May 2021)
  6. Feb 2017 – July 2021: Teaching Assistant at the University of Tehran in Digital Marketing and Research Methodologies in Management (SPSS), Statistical Analysis, and Applied Decision Making in Management. Advertising and Brand Management, Customer Relationship Management, Negotiation, and Communication Principles for Managers.
  7. Providing research assistance for University of Southern Denmark. (August 2022-PRESENT)

Industrial Work Experience

  1. March 2007 – January 2022: Member of the board, Executive administration, and Human resource manager (Brokerage of Stock Exchange, Tehran, Iran)
  2. May 2010 – May 2014: Member of Board & Director of green space and agriculture projects in the urban field and green space engineering services.

Academic interests

  • Family businesses.
  • Entrepreneurship.
  • Investor behavior especially in financial markets and in the digital environment


Global Entrepreneurship Monitor - Spanish team- as Technical and research support staff.

Selected publications

  •  Samsami, Mahsa; Schøtt, Thomas "Past, Present, and Future Digitalization around the World: Leading, Catching up, Forging Ahead, and Falling Behind".
  • Samsami, Mahsa; El Kolaly, Hoda; Gonzalez-Pernia, Jose L; Boutaleb, Fatima. "Gender Roles Shaping the Entrepreneurial Mindset: Impacted by the Pandemic and Culture in Egypt, Morocco, and Spain", European Journal of International Management. (In press)
  • Samsami, Mahsa; El Kolaly, Hoda; Schøtt, Thomas. 2022. "Business angels' ties with entrepreneurs: Embedded in traditional and secular-rational cultures" Developments in Entrepreneurial Finance and Technology, Edward Elgar Publishing. ISBN: 9781800884335, Chapter 10, Pages 182-198.
  • Samsami, Mahsa. 2022. "Business angels' ties with entrepreneurs in traditional and secular-rational societies: China, Egypt, and Iran contrasted Germany and Norway", European Journal of International Management. 10.1504/EJIM.2022.10048399
  • Samsami, Mahsa; Tønnessen, Øystein; The Fleet, Bjorn-Tore. 2022 "Entrepreneurial orientation confronting disruption: Embedded in networks in Iran and Norway during the COVID-19 pandemic". European Journal of International Management. 10.1504/EJIM.2022.10048400
  • Samsami, Mahsa; Schøtt, Thomas. 2021. "Family and non-family business in Iran: Coupling among innovation, exporting, and growth-expectation". European Journal of Family Business. 11(2). 40-55. https://doi.org/10.24310/ejfbejfb.v11i2.10444
  • Liu, Ye; Samsami, Mahsa; Meshreki, Hakim; Pereira Laverde, Fernando; Schøtt, Thomas. 2021. "Sustainable Development Goals in strategy and practice: Businesses in Colombia and Egypt". Sustainability. 13(22), 12453, 15 pp; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132212453
  • Samsami, Mahsa; Wagner, Ralf. 2021. "Investment Decisions with Endogeneity: A Dirichlet Tree Analysis", Journal of Risk and Financial Management. 14(7), 299; 19 pp. https://doi.org/10.3390/jrfm14070299

Scientific publications

  • Singer, Slavica; Šarlija, Nataša; Rebernik, Miroslav; Bradač Hojnik, Barbara; Mahsa, Samsami (2023). Entrepreneurship and Well-being: Exploring the UN Sustainable Development Goals through the lenses of GEM and other indicators. ISBN: 978-3-031-19180-0. Palgrave Macmillan Cham. s 188.

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