Dr Samuel Adomako

Dr Samuel Adomako

The Department of Strategy and International Business
Associate Professor

Contact details

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 and Innovation 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 organizations including multinationals and SMEs in Africa. He currently serves 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). 

He received his PhD 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, United Kingdom.


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

Other activities

Journal Special Issue Editor 

  • Guest Editor, Journal of Business Research (2021-2022) for a special issue on ‘‘International Entrepreneurial Behaviors of African Firms: Emerging Issues, Challenges and Opportunities” (Co-guest editors: Amnakwah-Amoah, J., Boso, N., Danso, A). 
  • Guest Editor, Industrial Marketing Review (2021-2022) for a special issue on ‘‘Business failure in post pandemic era: new challenges for industrial networks, emerging insights and market opportunities. (Co-guest editors: Amnakwah-Amoah, J., Khan, Z., Khan, H).
  • Guest Editor, Technological Forecasting and Social Change (2019-2020) for a special issue on ‘‘Technology strategies in emerging economies: Emerging issues, challenges and new research agenda’’ (Co-guest editors: Amankwah-Amoah, J., Debrah, Y. A., Yu, W., Lin, Z., Danso, A)

Edited Books

  • Editor: ‘‘Corporate Sustainability in Africa: Responsible Leadership, Opportunities, and Challenges’’ (2021-2023) (Co-Editors: Danso, A, Boateng, A). Palgrave Macmillan
  • Editor: ‘‘Stakeholder Management and Entrepreneurship in Africa’’ (2021-2023) (Co-Editors: Gyensare, M.A., Ahsan, M). Routledge Taylor and Francis


Highlight publications

Adomako, S, Simms, C, Vazquez-Brust, D & Nguyen, H 2022, 'Stakeholder green pressure and new product performance in emerging countries: a cross-country study', British Journal of Management. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12595

Cowden, B, Karami, M, Tang, J, Ye, W & Adomako, S 2022, 'The spectrum of perceived uncertainty and entrepreneurial orientation: impacts on effectuation', Journal of Small Business Management. https://doi.org/10.1080/00472778.2022.2051179

Adomako, S & Ahsan , M 2022, 'Entrepreneurial passion and SMEs’ performance: moderating effects of financial resource availability and resource flexibility', Journal of Business Research, vol. 144, pp. 122-135. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2022.02.002

Adomako, S, Mole, KF, Franklin, R & Murnieks, C 2022, 'Entrepreneurial passion and venture profit: examining the moderating effects of political connections and environmental dynamism in an emerging market', International Small Business Journal: Researching Entrepreneurship, pp. 1-29. https://doi.org/10.1177/02662426221085182

Adomako, S, Amankwah‐Amoah, J, Debrah, YA, 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 Management, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 40-58. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12443

Recent publications


Ahsan, M, Adomako, S, Donbesuur, F & Mole, K 2022, 'Entrepreneurial passion and product innovation intensity in new ventures: mediating effects of exploration and exploitation activities', British Journal of Management. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12627

Adomako, S & Tran, MD 2022, 'Environmental collaboration, responsible innovation, and firm performance: The moderating role of stakeholder pressure', Business Strategy and the Environment. https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.2977

Amankwah-Amoah, J, Adomako, S, Opoku, R, Danquah, J & Zahoor, N 2022, 'Foreign market knowledge, entry mode choice and SMEs’ international performance in an emerging market', Journal of International Management. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intman.2022.100955

Adomako, S, Amankwah-Amoah, J & Frimpong, K 2022, 'Human capital, reverse engineering and new venture growth: The moderating role of competitive strategy', Technovation. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.technovation.2022.102520

Nguyen, NP & Adomako, S 2022, 'International orientation and environmental performance in Vietnamese exporting small‐ and medium‐sized enterprises', Business Strategy and the Environment. https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.3035

Amankwah-Amoah, J, Adomako, S & Berko, DO 2022, 'Once bitten, twice shy? The relationship between business failure experience and entrepreneurial collaboration', Journal of Business Research, vol. 139, pp. 983-992. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2021.10.044

Adomako, S, Amankwah‐amoah, J & Danquah, JK 2022, 'R&D support, technological turbulence, and SMEs' degree of internationalization: The mediating role of technological capability', Thunderbird International Business Review, vol. 64, no. 3, pp. 251-262. https://doi.org/10.1002/tie.22263

Adomako, S, Ahsan, M, Amankwah-Amoah, J, Danso, A, Kesse, K & Frimpong, K 2021, 'Corruption and SME growth: the roles of institutional networking and financial slack', Journal of Institutional Economics. https://doi.org/10.1017/s1744137421000011

Nguyen, NP & Adomako, S 2021, 'Environmental proactivity, competitive strategy, and market performance: the mediating role of environmental reputation', Business Strategy and the Environment, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 2008-2020. https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.2729

Adomako, S, Amankwah-Amoah, J, Tarba, SY & Khan, Z 2021, 'Perceived corruption, business process digitization, and SMEs’ degree of internationalization in sub-Saharan Africa', Journal of Business Research, vol. 123, pp. 196-207. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2020.09.065

Donbesuur, F, Zahoor, N & Adomako, S 2021, 'Postformation alliance capabilities and environmental innovation: the roles of environmental in-learning and relation-specific investments', Business Strategy and the Environment, vol. 30, no. 7, pp. 3330-3343. https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.2805

Adomako, S 2021, 'Resource-induced coping heuristics and entrepreneurial orientation in dynamic environments', Journal of Business Research, vol. 122, pp. 477-487. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2020.09.026

Nguyen, NP & Adomako, S 2021, 'Stakeholder pressure for eco-friendly practices, international orientation, and eco-innovation: a study of small and medium-sized enterprises in Vietnam', Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management. https://doi.org/10.1002/csr.2185

Adomako, S, Frimpong, K, Amankwah-Amoah, J, Donbesuur, F & Opoku, RA 2021, 'Strategic decision speed and international performance: the roles of competitive intensity, resource flexibility, and structural organicity', Management International Review, vol. 61, no. 1, pp. 27–55. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11575-021-00439-w

Review article

Khizar, HMU, Iqbal, MJ, Khalid, J & Adomako, S 2022, 'Addressing the conceptualization and measurement challenges of sustainability orientation: a systematic review and research agenda', Journal of Business Research, vol. 142, pp. 718-743. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2022.01.029

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