Developing a Phenomenological Understanding of the Influence of ‘Cultural Survival Mechanisms’ as Institutional Artifacts in Shaping Indigenous Enterprise Cultures: A Ghanaian Perspective

Amity Business Journal, Vol. 3, No. 1, January 2014

27 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2014

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Armstrong Abebrese

Robert Gordon University - Aberdeen Business School

Robert Smith

Robert Gordon University - Aberdeen Business School

Date Written: January 17, 2014

Abstract

This article develops a deeper conceptualization of institutionalized adaptive strategies adopted by Indigenous Ghanaian entrepreneurs operating within a web of institutional constraints. The qualitative research demonstrates that Indigenous entrepreneurs adopt three main strategies – breakthrough, circumvent, and destructive, so as to minimize the ability of institutions to provide unanimous answers to their actions. This article further provides evidence of eight breakthrough sub-strategies, four circumventing sub-strategies, as well as three destructive sub-strategies that could serve as framework for future empirical studies, as well as provide practical tools entrepreneurs can champion to be able to carry out their activities within formidable institutional constraints.

Keywords: Ghana, Entrepreneurs, Indigenous Entrepreneurs, Adaptive Strategies, Institutions, Circumventing strategies, Breakthrough Strategies, Destructive Strategies

Suggested Citation

Abebrese, Armstrong and Smith, Robert, Developing a Phenomenological Understanding of the Influence of ‘Cultural Survival Mechanisms’ as Institutional Artifacts in Shaping Indigenous Enterprise Cultures: A Ghanaian Perspective (January 17, 2014). Amity Business Journal, Vol. 3, No. 1, January 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2456089

Armstrong Abebrese (Contact Author)

Robert Gordon University - Aberdeen Business School ( email )

Garthdee Road
Aberdeen AB10 7QE
United Kingdom

Robert Smith

Robert Gordon University - Aberdeen Business School ( email )

Garthdee Road
Aberdeen AB10 7QE
United Kingdom

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