‘We have no Government’: trust and indigenous institutions shaping exporting Nigerian SME networks

Kingsley Obi Omeihe, Veronika Gustafsson, Isaac O. Amoako, Mohammad Saud Khan

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Abstract

This paper aims to examine trust in contexts where the formal institutional environment is perceived to be weak and ineffective. SME networks have become a crucial ingredient in growing businesses as it reduces the risks of international entrepreneurship. Recognising the importance of new opportunities for SMEs, this study explores how entrepreneurs draw on normative and cultural cognitive elements to build network relationships.The research
problem stems from the fact that informal SMEs have received very little attention in academic research. The study therefore has practical implications for enhancing small
business performance and contributes to the ongoing theoretical understanding of trust and network relationships in an African context.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2017
Event2nd Annual Research Conference of the Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development (CAREED) - University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Apr 20177 Apr 2017

Conference

Conference2nd Annual Research Conference of the Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development (CAREED)
Abbreviated titleCAREED 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityPaisley
Period6/04/177/04/17

Keywords

  • trust
  • SMEs
  • culture
  • networks
  • internationalisation

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