Title: International retail firm acceptance: beware of the flattery

Authors: Samuel C.K. Buame; George Acheampong

Addresses: University of Ghana Business School, P.O. Box LG 78, Legon-Accra, Ghana ' University of Ghana Business School, P.O. Box LG 78, Legon-Accra, Ghana

Abstract: The study explored the effectiveness of ingratiation theory methods in achieving acceptance within the institutional contexts of emerging markets. The study reviewed literature on ingratiation theory, retail internationalisation and institutional to develop a conceptual model for testing. Data was collected using a systematic sampling procedure from Ghana using structured questionnaires and analysed by means of factor and regression analysis. The study found that ingratiation methods are not effective in overcoming institutional pressures in retailing sector in developing countries. Thus international retail firms should be careful in adopting these methods. This study contributes to internationalisation literature among retail firms in the developing and emerging economies by cautioning firms on the use of ingratiation theory methods.

Keywords: retailing; internationalisation; ingratiation; institutional theory; legitimacy; Ghana; international retail firms; acceptance; emerging markets; developing countries.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBG.2015.068621

International Journal of Business and Globalisation, 2015 Vol.14 No.3, pp.292 - 309

Received: 22 Jan 2014
Accepted: 13 Aug 2014

Published online: 31 Mar 2015 *

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