Dr Samuel Adomako

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The Department of Strategy and International Business
Associate Professor

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Department of Strategy and International Business,
Birmingham Business School,
University of Birmingham,
B15 2TT

Dr Samuel Adomako is an Associate Professor of Strategy at the Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK. Prior to joining the University of Birmingham, he held teaching and research positions in King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia and the University of Bradford, UK. His research centres on the cognitive processes supporting entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy.


  • PhD in Management, University of Warwick, 2016
  • Postgraduate Award (Teaching and Learning), University of Warwick, 2015
  • MBA in Management, University of Ghana, 2010
  • BSc (Hons) Sociology, University of Ghana, 2005


Dr Adomako is an Associate Professor of Strategy at Birmingham Business School. He has a proven record of scholarship, academic inquiry and research. He teaches and does research at the intersection of innovation strategy, strategic management, and international entrepreneurship. The geographical contexts for his research span developing/emerging economies such as Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He frequently consults for many organisations including multinationals and SMEs in Africa. He currently serves as a consultant to many business incubators in Africa and the Middle East. 

Dr Adomako has undertaken collaborative research projects with researchers from the University of Warwick, San Diego State University, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, University of Kent, University of Ghana, University of Bradford, De Montfort University, Saint Louis University, and University of Portsmouth, and has been invited to deliver presentations in universities in the UK, Ghana, USA, France, Australia, UAE, and South Africa.

His research work has been published or forthcoming in leading scholarly journals such as British Journal of Management, International Business Review, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Institutional Economics, Journal of International Management, R&D Management Journal, International Review of Financial Analysis, Business Strategy and the Environment.

His research has won multiple awards, including Best Empirical Paper Award (SME growth/performance track) at the 37th Institute Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Annual Conference, held in Manchester, 2014 and a winner of Emerald Literati Highly Commended Paper Award for a co-authorship in Managerial Finance Journal, 2015. 

Dr Adomako sits on the Editorial Board of Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management Journal. He received his Ph.D in Management for his thesis on ''small business growth in Ghana'' from Warwick Business School, University of Warwick (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA Accredited) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • Innovation Management (MSc Mgt, Singapore)
  • Contemporary Issues in Management (MSc Mgt, Birmingham)
  • Strategic Innovation Management (MSc Mgt, Birmingham)

Other activities

Dr Adomako was an associate editor for the Journal of the International for Small Business (2019-2021) and is a member of the editorial board of Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management Journal. He served as guest-editor for the special issues in Technological Forecasting and social Change, and Sustainability Journal. He currently serves as an advisor to many business incubators in Africa and the Middle East.


Selected Articles in Refereed Journals

Mujtaba, A., Adomako., S & Mole, K.F. (2021). ‘‘Perceived Institutional Support and Small Venture Performance: The Mediating Role of Entrepreneurial Persistence’’. International Small Business Journal (Forthcoming).

Donbesuur, F., Zahoor, N., & Adomako, S. (2021).’Post-formation Alliance Capabilities and Environmental Innovation: The Roles of Environmental In-learning and Relation-specific Investments’’. Business Strategy and the Environment (Forthcoming).

Adomako, S., Ahsan, M., Amankwah‐Amoah, J., & Danso, A., Kesse, K., & Frimpong, K. (2021). ‘‘Corruption and SME Growth: The Role of Institutional Networking and Financial Slack’’. Journal of Institutional Economics (Forthcoming).

Adomako, S., Amankwah‐Amoah, J., Debrah, Y. A., Khan, Z., Chu, I., & Robinson, C. (2021). Institutional voids, economic adversity and inter‐firm cooperation in an emerging market: the mediating role of government R&D support. British Journal of Management32(1), 40-58.

Amankwah-Amoah, J., & Adomako, S. (2021). The effects of knowledge integration and contextual ambidexterity on innovation in entrepreneurial ventures. Journal of Business Research127, 312-321.

Adomako, S., Frimpong, K., Amankwah-Amoah, J., Donbesuur, F., & Opoku, R. A. (2021). Strategic Decision Speed and International Performance: The Roles of Competitive Intensity, Resource Flexibility, and Structural Organicity. Management International Review61(1), 27-55.

Lartey, T. A., Amankwah-Amoah, J., Danso, A., Adomako, S., Khan, Z., & Tarba, S. Y. (2020). Environmental sustainability practices and offshoring activities of multinational corporations across emerging and developed markets. International Business Review, 101789.

Adomako, S. (2021). Resource-induced coping heuristics and entrepreneurial orientation in dynamic environments. Journal of Business Research122, 477-487.

Adomako, S., Amankwah-Amoah, J., Tarba, S.T., Khan, Z. (2020). “Perceived Corruption, Business Process Digitization, and SMEs’ Degree of Internationalization in sub-Saharan Africa” Journal of Business Research 123, 196-207.

Adomako, S., Ning, E., & Adu‐Ameyaw, E. (2021). Proactive environmental strategy and firm performance at the bottom of the pyramid. Business Strategy and the Environment30(1), 422-431.

Adomako, S., Frimpong, K., Danso, A., Amankwah-Amoah, J., Uddin, M., & Kesse, K. (2020). Home country institutional impediments and international expansion of developing country SMEs. International Business Review29(5), 101716.

Danso, A., Lartey, T., Amankwah-Amoah., Adomako, S., Lu, Q., Uddin, M (2020). ‘‘Market Sentiment and Firm Investment Decision-Making’’. International Review of Financial Analysis 66, 101-369.

Danso, A., Adomako, S., Lartey, T., Amankwah-Amoah, J., & Owusu-Yirenkyi, D. (2020). Stakeholder integration, environmental sustainability orientation and financial performance. Journal of Business Research119, 652-662.

Adomako, S., Amankwah-Amoah, J., Dankwah, G. O., Danso, A., & Donbesuur, F. (2019). ‘‘Institutional voids, international learning effort and internationalization of emerging market new ventures’’. Journal of International Management25(4), 100666.

Adomako, S., Amankwah‐Amoah, J., & Danso, A. (2019). ‘‘The effects of stakeholder integration on firm‐level product innovativeness: insights from small and medium‐sized enterprises in Ghana’’. R&D Management49(5), 734-747.

Amankwah-Amaoh, J., Danso, A. & Adomako, S. (2018). ‘‘Entrepreneurial orientation, environmental sustainability and new venture performance: Does stakeholder integration matter?’’ Business Strategy and the Environment. 28(1), 79-87.

Adomako, S., Danso, A., Boso, N., & Narteh, B. (2018). ‘‘Entrepreneurial alertness and new venture performance: Facilitating roles of networking capability’’International Small Business Journal36(5), 453-472.

Adomako, S., Opoku, R.A., & Frimpong, K. (2018). ‘‘Entrepreneurs’ improvisational behavior and new venture performance: firm-level and institutional contingencies’’, Journal of Business Research, 83: 10-18.

Adomako, S., Opoku, R.A. & Frimpong, K. (2017). ‘‘The moderating influence of competitive intensity on the relationship between CEOs' regulatory foci and SME internationalization’’, Journal of International Management, 23(3): 268-278.