An emergent theme in the field of entrepreneurship research focuses on understanding how institutions, ethnicity and culture affect entrepreneurial behaviour. Despite the many scholarly works in this field, very little is known about the links between family, institutions and entrepreneurial behaviour in the African context. By interviewing 50 entrepreneurs and community leaders of Igbo tribe in Nigeria, we apply induction method via the lens of effectuation theory (Sarasvathy, 2001) as a process by which entrepreneurs manage resources and stakeholders to create opportunities. We examined the attributes of the Igbos in relation to their entrepreneurial behaviour. In doing so, this paper contributes to bridging the gap on prevailing assumptions on entrepreneurial behaviors that are based on Western values and assumptions. Building on research on effectuation, institutional voids theory, business strategy and business history, we thus shed light on an under-researched tribal and family-based behaviour, in an under-theorized setting and institutional uncertainty (African context).

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2018
Event Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference 2017: 'Borders', Prosperity and Entrepreneurial Responses - Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Nov 20179 Nov 2017
Conference number: 40


Conference Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleISBE 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom

    Research areas

  • Ethnic Entrepreneurs, Institutional Voids, Effectuation, Business History, Business Strategy and African context

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