Dr. Sohaib S. Hassan

University of Siegen
Faculty III
BMBF junior research group KONTIKAT & SME Graduate School
Campus Unteres Schloss
Kohlbettstr. 17
Room US-G 002
57072 Siegen, Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 271/ 740 – 5264

E-mail: sohaib.hassan(at)uni-siegen.de

Office hours: By appointment




  • Member, BMBF Research Group – KONTIKAT, Faculty III, University of Siegen
  • Habilitand, Faculty III – School of Economic Disciplines, University of Siegen
  • Research Coordinator & Advisor, SME Graduate School, Faculty III, University of Siegen

Research & Study:

  • Ph.D. (Max Planck Institute of Economics & Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany)
  • M.B.A. (University of Leipzig, Germany)
  • B.Sc. Economics (Punjab University, Pakistan)

Research area:

  • Strategic Management, SMEs, Innovation, Digital Transformation, Business Continuity Management, Entrepreneurship


Research Articles

  • Hassan, S.S. (2020), Digitalization a dynamic capability? Exploring the Role of digitalization in SME performance, (with Meisner, K., Krause, K. and Moog, P.), Research Policy (under review)
  • Hassan, S.S. (2020), Digital Sophistication in SMEs: A pathway to innovation (with Krause, K. and Meisner, K.). International Journal of Innovation Management (under review)
  • Hassan, S.S. (2020), Patterns of digital technology adoption in SMEs, (with Krause, K. and Egbetokun, A.), Journal of the Knowledge Economy (under review)
  • Hassan, S.S. (2020), Sector specialization score: Where do entrepreneurs see opportunities for smart specialization? (with Bzhalava, L., Roth, S. and Kaivo-Oja, J.). Small Business Economics (under review)
  • Hassan, S.S. (2020), The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Competitiveness Score for Smart Specialization, (with Bzhalava, L., Roth, S. and Kaivo-Oja, J.). Technological Forecasting & Social Change (under review)
  • Hassan, S.S. (2020), Mapping the global wave of industry digitalization by co-word analysis: An analysis of four industries. (with Bzhalava, L., Kaivo-Oja, J, Olsson, B and Imran, J.). International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management 2020 (under review)
  • Hassan S.S. (2020), Perception or capabilities? An empirical investigation of the factors influencing the adoption of social media and public cloud in German SMEs. (with Christian Reuter and Levan Bzhalava). International Journal of Innovation Management.
  • Hassan, S.S. (2020), “Frenemies” of innovation: the role of coopetition in service innovation in Nigeria (with Egbetokun, A. and Bzhalava, L.). EURAM 2020.
  • Hassan S.S. (2018), Data-based Startup Profile Analysis in the European Smart Specialization Strategy: A Text Mining Approach. (with Levan Bzhalava and Jari   Kaivo-oja). European Integration Studies.
  • Hassan S. S. (2017), Digitalisierung und Zivile Sicherheit: Zivilgesellschaftliche und betriebliche Kontinuität in Katastrophenlagen (KontiKat), (with Christian Reuter, Jan Gerwinski, Marc-André Kaufhold, Petra Moog, Volkmar Pipek, Gebhard Rusch, Marén Schorch, Sohaib S. Hassan, Christian Soost, Volker Wulf  Sicherheit (DIAGONAL Jahrgang 38), Gero Hoch, Hildegard Schröteler von Brandt, Volker Stein, Angela Schwarz (Hrsg.), S. 207-224, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen,
  • Hassan, S.S. (2016), What does location choice reveal about knowledge-seeking strategies of emerging market multinationals in the EU? (with Jindra, B. and Cantner, U.) International Business Review, Special issue “International knowledge flows in the context of emerging economy MNEs and increasing global mobility”, 25(1).
  • Hassan, S.S. (2015), European integration and outward FDI from Central and Eastern Europe – Is there any evidence of knowledge-seeking? (with Jindra, B., Günther, J. and Cantner, U.), Journal of Common Market Studies, 53(6).
  • Hassan, S.S. (2015), Economic institutions and the outward FDI location strategies of emerging market business groups: Evidence from Central and Eastern European countries. Review of Economics and Institutions, Special issue „Business Groups in Emerging Economies: Strategies, Performance and Institutional Context”, 6(1).
  • Hassan, S.S. (2014), Outward FDI by the Emerging Market Multinationals: Location Choice Analyses in the European Union, ThULB – Thüringer Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Jena, XVIII, 141 Bl., Jena, Univ., Diss., 2013.


Research outline

The rapid digitalization has radically altered the business practice and organizational culture across the globe. Organizations are increasingly involved in identifying opportunities and evaluating threats in the current era of industry 4.0 as well as adopting core practices of digitalization to maintain their competitive positioning. Consequently, digitalization has garnered a fundamental place in the strategy of an organization. The trend of digitalization is of relevance to the small and medium enterprises (SMEs), mainly due to their peculiar features and limited capabilities. However, the underlying mechanisms of digitalization in SMEs are not well understood. Against this background, this project aims to explore, both theoretically and empirically, the digital transformation in SMEs. This project empirically examines the implications of digitalization and its interplay with the organizational attributes for three key aspects in SMEs: innovation, internationalization and resilience.