Corruption and SME Growth: The Role of Institutional Networking and Financial Slack

Date

2021-02-10

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ISSN

1744-1374

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Publisher

Cambridge University Press

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Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

In this study, we investigate the mediating effect of institutional networking on the relationship between perceived corruption and the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). We also examine the moderating impact of financial slack on the relationship between perceived corruption and institutional networking. We test our moderated mediation model using data from 212 SMEs operating in Ghana. The findings from the study show that perceived corruption is positively related to institutional networking and this relationship is amplified when levels of financial slack are greater. The findings also show that institutional networking positively mediates the relationship between perceived corruption and SME growth. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

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Keywords

perceived corruption, growth, SMEs, Ghana

Citation

Adomako, S., Ahsan, M., Amankwah-Amoah, J., Danso, A., Kesse, K. and Frimpong, K. (2021) Corruption and SME Growth: The Role of Institutional Networking and Financial Slack. Journal of Institutional Economics.

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Finance and Banking Research Group (FiBRe)