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Entrepreneurial strategic posture and new technology ventures in an emerging economy

Lookup NU author(s): Professor James Cunningham



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Purpose: Although start-ups have gained increasing scholarly attention, we lack sufficient understanding of their entrepreneurial strategic posture (ESP) in emerging economies. The purpose of this study is to examine the processes of ESP of new technology venture start-ups (NTVs) in an emerging market context.Design/methodology/approach: In line with grounded theory guidelines and the inductive research traditions, we adopted a qualitative approach involving 42 in-depth semi-structured interviews with Ghanaian NTV entrepreneurs to gain a comprehensive analysis at the micro-level on their strategic posturing. A systematic procedure for data analysis was adopted.Findings: From our analysis of Ghanaian NTVs, we derived a three-stage model to elucidate the nature and process of ESP Phase 1 spotting and exploiting market opportunities, Phase II identifying initial advantages, and Phase III ascertaining and responding to change. Originality/value: The study contributes to advancing research on ESP by explicating the process through which informal ties and networks are utilised by NTVs and their founders to overcome extreme resource constraints and information vacuums in contexts of institutional voids. We depart from past studies in demonstrating how such ties can be harnessed in spotting and exploiting market opportunities by NTVs. On this basis, the paper makes original contributions to ESP theory and practice.

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Author(s): Amankwah-Amoah J, Nyuur RB, Hinson RE, Kosiba JP, Al-Tabbaa O, Cunningham JA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research

Year: 2022

Issue: ePub ahead of Print

Online publication date: 16/11/2022

Acceptance date: 27/09/2022

Date deposited: 12/12/2022

ISSN (electronic): 1355-2554

Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited


ePrints DOI: 10.57711/wgeb-tw58