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 I. 2018. Amoako, I.O. (2018) Trust, Institutions and Managing Entrepreneurial Relationships in Africa: SME Perspective, Palgrave Macmillan Publishers Limited. Palgrave Macmillan. Cham, Switzerland
Amoako I, Akwei CA, Damoah I. 2018. We Know their House, Family and Workplace:Trust in Entrepreneurs' Trade Credit Relationships in Weak Institutions Journal of Small Business Management, >DOI
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
Amoako KO, Amoako IO, Marfo EO. Comparing sustainability disclosures on corporate websites: A case study of Newmont Mining Corporation’s plant sites in Ghana International Journal of Multinational Corporation Strategy,
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,
Omeihe KO, Gustafsson V, Amoako IO, Khan MS. 2017. Trust at the heart of the issue: Towards the building of trust organisations BAM 2017 Conference Proceedings, British Academy of Management
Amoako I, Mtetwa T, Nziku D. Entrepreneurship in the Music Industry of three Sub-Saharan African Countries ISBE Conference,
Amoako I, Lyon F. Amoako, I.O., Lyon, F. (2011), Interorganizational trust violations and repairs in a weak legal environment: the case of Ghanaian exporting SMEs.
Omeihe KO, Gustafsson V, Amoako IO, Khan MS. All we need is trust: Trust in West African cross border networks Yes, British Academy of Management (BAM)
Amoako IO, Gerrard A, Amoako IO. Preparing Freelancers of the Future: A teaching Case study Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE)
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,
Akwei CA, Amoako I, Damoah I. THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION IN SHAPING THE STUDENT LEARNING EXPERIENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Yanga ML, Amoako IO. 2013. Legitimizing dishonesty in organizations:A survey of managers in four sub-sahara african countries 10 :243-268 9781781906019 >DOI
Omeihe KO, Dakhan SA, Khan MS, Gustafsson V, Amoako IO. Riding the wave: Understanding the context of female entrepreneurship in Pakistan Tomos F, Kumar N, Clifton N, Hyams-Ssekasi D. Women Entrepreneurs and Strategic Decision Making in the Global Economy IGI Global >DOI
Amoako IO. Amoako, I.O 2012. Trust in exporting Relationships:The case of SMEs in Ghana Lyon F, Sepulveda L.
Engagement & Impact
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
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
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, Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE)
Member, British Academy of Management
Member, First International Network on Trust (FINT).
Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK
Other invited event:
“I can’t do business with you if I don’t trust you”: Trust issues in North-South partnerships. Keynote address, 1st Trust Seminar, Aalborg University, Aalborg University, Denmark, I delivered the keynote address at the first Trust Seminar organised by two Danish Universities. In the keynote I highlighted the differences between the determinants of trust in the Southern hemisphere (developing economies) and those of the North (developed economies). Wile trust development in the North are shaped by strong institutions, trust development in the South is determined by personal relationships and networks.
Cultural Aspects of Doing Business in Africa: The Case of Ghana, Presentation at the Forum on Entrepreneurship in Africa, House of Commons, Westminster, London, My presentation "Cultural Aspects of Doing Business in Africa: The Case of Ghana" focused on a cross-cultural approach to understanding how to develop business networks in an African country.
Speaker on the topic Case Study Research, BAM Doctoral Day : Qualitative Research as Craft, University of The West of Scotland, The event 'Qualitative Research as Craft' is designed to support the community of doctoral students and early career researchers by spotlighting good qualitative practice in PhD research.
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