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Entrepreneurs’ Passion, Home Country’s Institutional Voids and Small Firm Internationalization

Adomako, Samuel, Amankwah-Amoah, Joseph, Chu, Irene (2020) Entrepreneurs’ Passion, Home Country’s Institutional Voids and Small Firm Internationalization. Research in International Business and Finance, 53 . Article Number 101178. ISSN 0275-5319. (doi:10.1016/j.ribaf.2019.101178) (KAR id:79505)


The international entrepreneurship literature has revealed that entrepreneurs’ psychological characteristics drive a firm’s degree of internationalization. However, drivers that relate to entrepreneurs’ passion are not well developed in the international entrepreneurship literature. To fill this gap, this study uses a sample of 233 small firms to examine how entrepreneurs’ passion is related to small firms’ degree of internationalization and it also investigates whether this relationship is affected by levels of the home country’s institutional voids. The results show that passion is positively related to firms’ degree of internationalization and this relationship is positively moderated by levels of institutional voids. Implications for theory and practice are discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.ribaf.2019.101178
Uncontrolled keywords: Ghana,Africa,Entrepreneurs,Passion,Institutional voids,Small firms
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and International Business
Depositing User: Joseph Amankwah-Amoah
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2020 19:02 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 06:45 UTC
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Amankwah-Amoah, Joseph.

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