Trust in SME internationalization networks: an analysis of three main Nigerian cultural blocs

Kingsley Obinna Omeihe, Isaac Oduro Amoako

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The aim of this research is to provide an understanding of trust in SME internationalization in contexts where the existence of formal institutional environment is weak and ineffective. Recognising the importance of new opportunities for SMEs, this study would draw on three theoretical frameworks in investigating trust in SME internationalization networks drawn from Nigeria’s main cultural blocs; Ibo, Hausa and Yoruba.


The study would involve the implementation of qualitative research carried out in the form of case studies of business owners/managers from the three main cultural blocs. Data will be collected using semi-structured interviews as a part of the qualitative method in combination with written documentary secondary data.

Research Implications
The research focuses on Nigerian SMEs and their internationalization networks. This research would contribute to new knowledge and have practical implications for enhancing small businesses performance.

There is a lack of theoretical understanding of the factors underlying the processes of trust in SME internationalization within the African context.This study therefore fills a void because the intended study focuses on the Nigerian context where small businesses play a significant role in the economy.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2016
EventFirst International Network on Trust Conference: FINT - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 15 Dec 2016 → …


ConferenceFirst International Network on Trust Conference
Period15/12/16 → …


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