Prince Oppong Kwarteng

PhD Topic

Analysing Entrepreneurial Competencies, Formal and Informal institutions in SMEs internationalization: A Study of Small exporting Firms in Ghana.

  • Firms internationalize in order to be competitive and this is influenced by how they manage entrepreneurial competencies (internal), informal and formal institutions (external) as resources. We underscore the influences of institutions and entrepreneurial competencies on the performance of SMEs in their internationalization as they interact.


Professional Experience

  • April 2015 to date: Business consultant and trainer, Int. SEPT Prog., Leipzig University, Germany
  • April 2014-July 2014: Conoscope GmbH, Leipzig Germany, Intern
  • 2009-2012: Microfinance and Small Loan Centre (MASLOC), Accra, Ghana, Banking and Investment, Credit Officer
  • 2007-2009: Microfinance and Small Loan Centre (MASLOC), Accra, Ghana, Credit Analyst
  • 2006: National Catholic Youth, Sunyani Catholic Diocese, Ghana, Research Assistant
  • 2007: West African Examination Council, Sunyani, Ghana, Examinations Scripts Checker
  • 2003-2005: Miracle Junior High School, Sunyani, Ghana, Teacher



  • 2015-2018 Scholarship from Paul + Maria Kremer foundation, Germany for PhD, Leipzig University
  • 2014 Best students group award for Graduating year of 2014 for MBA at the International SEPT Program
  • 2012-2014 DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarship for MBA in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Promotion and Training, Leipzig University


Key Qualifications

  • Internationalization of SMEs
  • Entrepreneurship Management
  • Project Management
  • Financial inclusion
  • Innovation Management
  • Business development Coaching and Training


Conference presentations

2018: The Direct and Indirect Effects of Entrepreneurial Competencies on International Market Diversification and Profitability: A Study of Small Exporting Firms in Ghana. Academy of International Business (AIB) Sub Saharan Africa Conference, 6 Aug 2018 - 8 Aug 2018: 'Making Africa Work'. Kigali, Rwanda.

2017: Informal institutions and the International Performance of SMEs:  A study of small exporting firms in Ghana. The International Entrepreneurship: Trends, Challenges, Achievements BAMDE (ECSB) Eighth International Conference, 6th – 9th June 2017, Varna, Bulgaria

2017: Analysing the macro-framework conditions for technology-based entrepreneurship to thrive; Policy Experts’ perspectives on Ghana. Conference of the African Studies Association in Germany (VAD e.V.) “African Connections” 27th – 30th June 2017 Leipzig University, Germany

2017: Towards Entrepreneurship Promotion in Africa through Export Processing Zones: Evidence of a Ghanaian Export Business. Conference of the African Studies Association in Germany (VAD e.V.) “African Connections” 27th – 30th June 2017 Leipzig University, Germany

2015: University Partnerships Promoting Entrepreneurship: Examining the Intelligence for Innovation Africa Network through the Triple-Helix of University-Industry-Government Relations. ICABUMPA - iN4iN Africa Conference 2015, Kenyan International Conference Center, Nairobi, Kenya.



2019:  Analysing the direct and indirect effects of entrepreneurial competencies on international market diversification and profitability: a study of small exporting firms in Ghana. Int. J. Export Marketing, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp.35–58.

2019: Informal institutions and international performance of Ghanaian small exporting firms: moderation role of formal institutions. Int. J. Export Marketing, Vol. 3, No. 3.

2018: A Simple to Follow Step-by-Step Handbook for an orientation to internationalization of SMEs, International SEPT Program, Leipzig University, Germany.

2014: Support for technology-based entrepreneurship in boosting economic development in Ghana. September 2014, Unpublished Master thesis, University of Leipzig, Germany

2007: Assessing the economic implications of industrial waste disposal and government policies. May 2007, unpublished Student thesis. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana


Prince Oppong Kwarteng

International SEPT Program
Leipzig University
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