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, Gyensare, M, Amankwah-Amoah, J, Akhtar, P & Hussain, N 2023, 'Tackling grand societal challenges: Understanding when and how reverse engineering fosters frugal product innovation in an emerging market', Journal of Product Innovation Management. https://doi.org/10.1111/jpim.12678

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

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, 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

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

Recent publications


Chu, I, Vu, M, Adomako, S & Lanivich, SE 2024, 'Human flourishing from eudaimonic balance of values in entrepreneurs', Journal of Business Research, vol. 175, 114546. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2024.114546

Adomako, S & Nguyen, NP 2024, 'Responsible entrepreneurship, social innovation, and entrepreneurial performance: Does commitment to SDGs matter?', Business Strategy and the Environment. https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.3733

Zahoor, N & Adomako, S 2023, 'Be open to failure: Open innovation failure in dynamic environments', Technological Forecasting and Social Change, vol. 193, 122632. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2023.122632

Adomako, S & Tran, MD 2023, 'Beyond profits: The linkages between local embeddedness, social legitimacy, and corporate philanthropy in the mining industry', Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management. https://doi.org/10.1002/csr.2585

Adomako, S & Nguyen, NP 2023, 'Digitalization, inter-organizational collaboration, and technology transfer', Journal of Technology Transfer. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10961-023-10031-z

Adomako, S & Tran, MD 2023, 'Doing well and being responsible: The impact of corporate social responsibility legitimacy on responsible entrepreneurship', Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 1794-1804. https://doi.org/10.1002/csr.2455

Adomako, S & Nguyen, NP 2023, 'Eco-innovation in the extractive industry: Combinative effects of social legitimacy, green management, and institutional pressures', Resources Policy, vol. 80, pp. 103184. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resourpol.2022.103184

Gyensare, MA, Adomako, S & Amankwah‐amoah, J 2023, 'Green HRM practices, employee well‐being, and sustainable work behavior: Examining the moderating role of resource commitment', Business Strategy and the Environment. https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.3642

Adomako, S & Nguyen, NP 2023, 'Green creativity, responsible innovation, and product innovation performance: A study of entrepreneurial firms in an emerging economy', Business Strategy and the Environment. https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.3373

Opoku, RA, Adomako, S & Tran, MD 2023, 'Improving brand performance through environmental reputation: the roles of ethical behavior and brand satisfaction', Industrial Marketing Management, vol. 108, pp. 165-177. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.indmarman.2022.11.011

Yanga, KM, Tang, J, Donbesuur, F & Adomako, S 2023, 'Institutional support for entrepreneurship and new venture internationalization: evidence from small firms in Ghana', Journal of Business Research, vol. 154, 113360. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2022.113360

Donbesuur, F, Zahoor, N, Al-Tabbaa, O, Adomako, S & Tarba, SY 2023, 'On the performance of platform-based international new ventures: The roles of non-market strategies and managerial competencies', Journal of International Management, vol. 29, no. 2, 101002. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intman.2022.101002

Adomako, S & Tran, MD 2023, 'Scaling up sustainable innovation: Stakeholder ties, eco‐product innovation, and new product performance', Sustainable Development. https://doi.org/10.1002/sd.2700

Nguyen, NP, Adomako, S & Ahsan , M 2023, 'The base of the pyramid orientation and export performance of Vietnamese small and medium enterprises', Journal of Business Research, vol. 154, 113314. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2022.113314

Review article

Adomako, S & Tran, MD 2024, 'Exploring the effect of R&D support, green technology transfer, sustainable innovation', Sustainable Development. https://doi.org/10.1002/sd.2936

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