[ 25th June 2021 by Kumar Gaurav 0 Comments ]

Entrepreneurial Mindset and SME Internationalisation: Empirical Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa, Dr. Godwin Ahimbisibwe, Prof. Joseph Ntayi, Dr. Muhammed Ngoma, Prof. Geoffrey Bakunda, Prof. John Munene and Dr. Timothy Esemu

Dr. Godwin M. Ahimbisibwe*
Lecturer, Department of Marketing and International Business
Makerere University Business School, Kampala
Uganda

Prof. Joseph M. Ntayi
Business School
Makerere University, Kampala
Uganda

Dr Muhammed Ngoma
Associate Professor and  Dean  Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
Makerere University Business School, Kampala
Uganda

Prof. Geoffrey Bakunda
Professor, Department of Marketing and International Business
Makerere University Business School, Kampala
Uganda

Prof. John C. Munene
Professor of Industrial Psychology and Director of PhD Programme
Makerere University Business School, Kampala
Uganda

Dr. Timothy Esemu
Senior Lecturer and Dean Faculty Marketing and Hospitality Management
Makerere University Business School, Kampala
Uganda

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to establish the relationship between Entrepreneurial Mindset and SME Internationalization in Uganda. The study conceptualized entrepreneurial mindset along three dimensions Deliberative mindsets, Implemental mindsets and Compulsive mindsets and each dimension was tested to see how it correlates with SME internationalization.

Design/methodology/approach: The study adopted a correlation and cross-sectional research design targeting owners and managers on a sample of 197 exporting SMEs in Uganda. Hypotheses were tested using partial least squares- structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM) technique.

Findings: The findings reveal that among the three dimensions of entrepreneurial mindset, it’s only the implemental mindsets that are positively and significantly related to SME Internationalisation.

Practical implications: Successful SME internationalization in a developing country like Uganda can be achieved by managers and owners who have thoughts that are more inclined to putting into action the pre-conceived ideas.

Originality/value: The study ventured into a less studied area in SME Internationalisation and uncovers the reality that among the sub-domains of entrepreneurial mindset, it’s only the implemental mindsets that strongly predict SME internationalization.

Keywords: Entrepreneurial Mindset, Internationalisation, SMEs, Uganda.

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