School of Business and Economics


Sara Turner

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Doctoral Researcher in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour

Sara obtained an undergraduate and a Master’s degree, both with distinction in English Literature, from Allameh Tabatabaii University and Shiraz University respectively. Her passion for teaching, accompanied with her entrepreneurial spirit, led her to start her business when she was 23 years old, while at the same time lecturing at Allameh Tabatabaii University. Sara founded and developed a college for Further Education that provided English, IT and Management training.

The challenges of growing a company from a start-up to a medium-sized college, handling high financial turnovers and managing nearly 2000 students both in-house and off-site prompted Sara to learn more about business and management. In order to achieve this, she first completed a certificate in Postgraduate Research at Nottingham Business School and collaborated with a research group studying women entrepreneurs in Sweden. She has also taught Business and Entrepreneurship for three years for the International College of Nottingham Trent University.

Sara joined Loughborough University as a doctoral research student in 2011 and is supervised by Dr. Donald Hislop, Professor Laurie Cohen and Dr. Julie Holland. Her research is on knowledge processes in cross-disciplinary collaborations and the context she is looking at is the videogame industry, specifically the relationship between unequal partners in a highly politicised work setting.

Research Interest:

Knowledge Management; Creative Industries; Entrepreneurship; Organisational Behaviour; Critical Management Studies.

Research Plan:

Conducting interviews with figureheads, senior executives and the other members of the videogame industry to develop an understanding of the following in cross-disciplinary collaborations:

  •  How knowledge is formed, developed and shared between different partners …
  • What role boundary objects play in knowledge processes and what characteristics they have …
  • What the role of power dynamics are in hindering/ facilitating knowledge processes …



Dr. Donald Hislop; Professor Laurie Cohen; Dr. Julie Holland


Thesis Title/Topic:

Playing the Game? A Review of Knowledge Processes in Cross Boundary Practices

Yazdanfar, D. and Turner, S. (2013). ‘The Impact of Internal Finance on Growth: Empirical Evidence from Swedish Firm Level Data’, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 19 (1): 51 – 63.

Yazdanfar, D. and Turner, S. (2012). ‘The Structure of External Financing at Start-up Stage: the Differences between Swedish Female- and Male-owned Firms’, International Journal of Business and Globalisation, 9 (2): 157 -170.

Yazdanfar, D. and Jahandar, S. (2012). ‘Acquisition of External Capital at Start-up Stage: Differences Between Swedish Female- and Male-owned Firms’, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 15 (4): 435 -451.