Effectuation, business group affiliation and R&D adoption of new ventures in Africa Online publication date: Fri, 14-Apr-2023
by George Acheampong
International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation (IJTTC), Vol. 20, No. 2, 2023
Abstract: This study explores how new ventures in Africa use effectuation and business group affiliation as well as their interaction to survive the uncertain African business environment. We test our hypotheses with cross-country survey data from several African countries from the World Bank Enterprise Surveys. The data is analysed using OLS regression and the Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition. The study finds that effectual entrepreneurial strategy improves R&D adoption through the utilisation of firm means and adopting affordable loss as risk mitigation strategy. The study also provides support for claim that the contingency component of effectuation strategy has a negative effect on R&D adoption. However, this relationship is dampened when a new venture also adopts business group affiliation as a strategy in dealing with institutional voids.
Online publication date: Fri, 14-Apr-2023
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