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Dr Francis Donbesuur PhD (Leeds), MSc (Durham) B.Ed. (Cape Coast, Ghana)

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Lecturer in International Business, Strategy and Innovation

Strategic entrepreneurship, SMEs’ internationalization strategies; developing economies.

Dr Francis Donbesuur joined Loughborough University from the University of Central Lancashire (Uclan). At Uclan, he led and taught Entrepreneurship modules within the Master of Business Administration (MBA) taught program. Francis’ research focuses on the interface between strategic and international entrepreneurship, within the contexts of developing and emerging economies.

His research has gained some recognition, including; The 2017 Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy Best Conference paper; and Best Doctoral paper at the 2018 Academy of International Business Conference (African Chapter). He received his PhD. in Strategic Entrepreneurship from Leeds University, UK and an MSc. in Economics and Finance from Durham University, UK.

Grants and enterprise:

Worked with the Institute for Research into Organisations (Uclan), Work and Employment to secure a research grant of £ 25,000 from European Social Fund for an Upskilling Lancashire Project.

Conference presentations:

Donbesuur, F., Hultman, M., & Boso, N. The impact of opportunity recognition and entrepreneurial legitimacy on the knowledge acquisition–venture performance relationship: An emerging market perspective. Proceedings of the 2020 AMA Summer Academic Conference, 18 – 20 August.

Donbesuur, F., Hultman, M., & Boso, N. Human capital investment or human capital outcome? When does human capital drive new product success? Proceedings of the 2020 AMA Winter Academic Conference, San Diego, CA, February 14-16, 2020

Donbesuur, F., Hultman, M., & Boso, N. Opportunity discovery and New Venture Performance in Developing Economies. Proceedings of the 2018 Academy of International Business Sub Saharan Africa Chapter Conference, Kigali, Rwanda, August 6-8, 2018 (Best Doctoral Paper Award)

Donbesuur, F., & Zaefarian, G. How and when does entrepreneurial knowledge impact on new venture performance. Proceedings of the 2018 AMA Global Marketing SIG Conference, Santorini, Greece, May 21-23, 2018. 

Donbesuur, F., Hultman, M., & Boso, N. Firm knowledge and new venture performance: the role dynamic capabilities. Proceedings of the 2018 AMA Winter Academic Conference, New Orleans, LA, February 23-25, 2018.

Donbesuur, F., Boso, N., Hultman, M., & Zaefarian, G. Creation and discovery view of entrepreneurial opportunities: antecedents and consequences. Proceedings of the 2018 USABE Education Conference, Los Angeles, California, January 10 - 14, 2018.

Boso, N., Donbesuur, F., Bendega, T., Annan, J., & Adeola, O Does Organizational Creativity Always Drive Market Performance? Proceedings of 2017 Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy, Lisbon, Portugal, June 28-30, 2017 (Best Paper Award)

Donbesuur, F., Boso, N., Hultman, M., & Zaefarian, G. A Model of Entrepreneurial Opportunity-Seeking Behaviour and Firms’ Performance Outcomes. Proceedings of the 2017 AMA Global Marketing SIG Conference, Havana, Cuba, April 6-8, 2017.

  • Donbesuur, F., Ampong, G. O. A., Owusu-Yirenkyi, D., & Chu, I. (2020). Technological innovation, organizational innovation and international performance of SMEs: The moderating role of domestic institutional environment. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 161, 120252
  • Donbesuur, F., Boso, N., & Hultman, M. (2020). The effect of entrepreneurial orientation on new venture performance: Contingency roles of entrepreneurial actions. Journal of Business Research, 118, 150-161.
  • Adomako, S., Amankwah-Amoah, J., Dankwah, G. O., Danso, A., & Donbesuur, F. (2019). Institutional voids, international learning effort and internationalization of emerging market new ventures. Journal of International Management, 25(4), 100666.
  • Boso, N., Adeleye, I., Donbesuur, F., & Gyensare, M. (2019). Do entrepreneurs always benefit from business failure experience? Journal of Business Research, 98, 370-379.
  • Boso, N., Donbesuur, F., Bendega, T., Annan, J., & Adeola, O. (2017). Does organizational creativity always drive market performance? Psychology & Marketing, 34(11), 1004-1015.