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Perceived Corruption, Business Process Digitization, and SMEs’ Degree of Internationalization in sub-Saharan Africa

Adomako, Samuel, Amankwah-Amoah, Joseph, Tarba, Shlomo Y., Khan, Zaheer (2021) Perceived Corruption, Business Process Digitization, and SMEs’ Degree of Internationalization in sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Business Research, 123 . pp. 196-207. ISSN 0148-2963. (doi:10.1016/j.jbusres.2020.09.065) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:83102)

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Abstract

This paper contributes to international business literature by investigating the relationship between perceived corruption and the degree of internationalization (DoI) through business process digitization (BPD). Moreover, the paper examines the moderating effect of firm age on the correlation between perceived corruption and BPD. Using data collected from two subSaharan African countries—Ghana and Nigeria, the findings show that perceived corruption is positively correlated to BPD and this correlation is stronger among younger firms. Besides, the findings reveal that BPD is positively correlated to DoI. Moreover, the results of our analysis also indicate that BPD mediates the correlation between perceived corruption and DoI. The limitations of the study and the implications of its findings for researchers and practitioners are discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2020.09.065
Uncontrolled keywords: Africa; corruption; degree of internationalization; SMEs; business process digitization; developing countries
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and International Business
Depositing User: Joseph Amankwah-Amoah
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2020 04:00 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2021 15:55 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/83102 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Amankwah-Amoah, Joseph: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0383-5831
Khan, Zaheer: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5538-3123
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