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Dr Isaac Amoako

Dr Isaac Amoako


Dr. Isaac Oduro Amoako (MBA, MSc, PhD, FHEA) is currently a senior Lecturer of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management at the Business School, Liverpool John Moores University, UK. He previously lectured in business start-up and small business management at Middlesex University Business School where he obtained his MSc and PhD in Entrepreneurship. Isaac also lectured in Enterprise and Business at The University of The West Scotland where he developed and led Online-based postgraduate modules in Innovation and Business Creativity. His teaching and research interests include business start-up, business incubation, business planning, business creativity and innovation, social enterprise, inter-organizational trust, culture and organizations.
Prior to his academic career he was an entrepreneur starting and managing businesses for over 25 years. Isaac has a number of publications in entrepreneurship journals such as International Small Business Journal (ISBJ) and International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (IJEI). He has also presented at prestigious academic conferences such as the 32nd and 38th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conferences at Liverpool and Glasgow respectively and the 27th European Group for Organisation Studies (EGOS) Conference, at Gothenburg University, Sweden (2011). Isaac was the keynote speaker at the 1st Trust Seminar organised by Aalborg University and University College of North Denmark (UCN) at Aalborg in March, 2015. He has also presented to the Westminster Forum on Entrepreneurship in Africa on “Cultural aspects of doing business in Africa” at the House of Commons in London on 7th September, 2015.


2015, University of West of Scotland, United Kingdom, PgCert HE
2012, Middlesex University, United Kingdom, PhD in Entrepreneurship
2009, Middlesex, United Kingdom, MSc in Research Methods in Business and Management
2007, University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom, MBA in Marketing



Amoako IO. 2018. Trust, Institutions and Managing Entrepreneurial Relationships in Africa An SME Perspective Palgrave Macmillan 9783319983943

Yanga ML, Amoako IO. 2013. Legitimizing dishonesty in organizations:A survey of managers in four sub-sahara african countries 10 :243-268 9781781906019 >DOI

Journal article

Amoako IO, Matlay H. 2015. Norms and trust-shaping relationships among food-exporting SMEs in Ghana International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 16 :123-134 >DOI

Amoako IO, Lyon F. 2014. 'We don't deal with courts': Cooperation and alternative institutions shaping exporting relationships of small and medium-sized enterprises in Ghana INTERNATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS JOURNAL, 32 :117-139 >DOI >Link

Damoah I, Akwei CA, Amoako I, Botchie D. Corruption as a source of government project failure in developing countries: Evidence from Ghana Project Management Journal,

Conference publication

Akwei CA, Damoah I, Amoako I. Assessing the impact of corruption on the management of Ghana government educational infrastructural projects (GGEIP) INCEDI 2017 Conference Proceedings,

Amoako I, Akwei CA, Damoah I. Entrepreneurship Education and Employability: Insights from UK INCEDI 2017 Conference Proceedings,


Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

The Role of Technology Innovation in Shaping the Student Learning Experience in Higher Education, International Conference on Education, Development and Innovation, Accra, Ghana, Oral presentation 27/08/2017

Assessing the Impact of Corruption on the management of Ghanaian Government Educational Infrastructure Projects, International Conference on Education, Development and Innovation, Accra, Ghana, Oral presentation 27/08/2017

Entrepreneurship Education and Employability:Insights from UK, International Conference on Education, Development and Innovation, Accra, Ghana, Oral presentation 27/08/2017

Effective E-learning Deployment: The Pesrpective of a Lecturer, Policy Forum on E-Learning in Nigerian Higher Education Institutes (HEI), Lagos, Oral presentation 04/05/2017

Entrepreneurship in the Music Industry of three Sub Saharan African Countries, Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), Glasgow, Oral presentation 11/11/2015

Trust violations and repairs in uncertain environments: cultural context and power relations shaping Ghanaian exporting SMEs, Institute of Small Busness and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) 2015, Glasgow, Oral presentation 11/11/2015

I can’t do business with you if I don’t trust you: Trust issues in North-South partnerships, 1st Trust Seminar, organised by Aalborg University and University College of North Denmark (UCN), Aalborg, Oral presentation 26/03/2015

Trust Violations and Repairs in International Business: The Case of SMEs in Ghana, Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) Seminar, Middlesex University, London, Oral presentation 24/10/2012

Amoako, I.O., Lyon, F. (2011), Interorganizational Trust Violations and Repairs in a Weak Legal Environment: the Case of Ghanaian Exporting SMEs, 27th European Group for Organisation Studies (EGOS) Conference, Gothenburg, Oral presentation 06/07/2011

SME Exporting Determinant: Trust in SME Interfirm Relationships in Ghana, Institute of Small Business Entrepreurship (ESBE), Liverpool University, Oral presentation 03/11/2009

SME Internationalisation: A Critical Review of the Literature, Research Degree Conference, Middlesex University, London, Oral presentation 01/06/2009

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, British Academy of Management

Member, First International Network on Trust (FINT).

Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK

Research Grants Awarded:

(July - September 2018) Urgent Care 24 (UC 24), Uwamaliya. P (July -Sept 2018) Research Lead: Impact Assessment Study of the Liverpool Asylum Seeker Initial Accommodation Centre, Dr. Isaac Oduro Amoako; Dr. Daz Greenop; Moni Akinsanya, Grant value (£): 9,324, Duration of research project: Three months