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The impact of artificial intelligence in marketing on the performance of business organizations: evidence from SMEs in an emerging economy

Kwabena Abrokwah-Larbi (Department of Marketing, Koforidua Technical University, Koforidua, Ghana)
Yaw Awuku-Larbi (Department of Virology, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana)

Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies

ISSN: 2053-4604

Article publication date: 28 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to empirically investigate the relationship between artificial intelligence (AI) in marketing (AIM) and business performance from the resource-based view (RBV) perspective.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey strategy was used in this study to collect data from 225 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) respondents who were on the registered list of the Ghana Enterprise Agency in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Structural equation modeling – path analysis was used to estimate the impact of AIM on the performance of SMEs.

Findings

The analyzed data shows that AIM has significant impact on the financial performance, customer performance, internal business process performance and learning and growth performance in the case of SMEs in Ghana. This study establishes the significance of AIM approach in achieving financial performance, customer performance, internal business process performance and learning and growth performance through the application of AIM determinants including, Internet of Things (IoT), collaborative decision-making systems (CDMS), virtual and augmented reality (VAR) and personalization.

Research limitations/implications

Aside the aforementioned significance of this research study, this study has limitations. The sample size of this research study can be expanded to include SME respondents in other geographical areas that were not considered in this study. Future research studies should concentrate on how AIM can analyze customer communications and information such as posts on social media to develop future communications that may enhance customer engagement.

Practical implications

The practical implications comprise of two key items. First, this research study encourages SME owners and managers to develop an AIM method as a fundamental strategic goal in their pursuit to improve SME performance. Second, SME owners and managers should increasingly implement the four determinants of AIM indicated in this research study (i.e., IOT, CDMS, VAR and personalization) to develop essential resources for effective application of AIM to improve their performance.

Originality/value

The results of this study provide a strong support to RBV theory and the proposition that AIM and its determinants (i.e., IOT, CDMS, VAR and personalization) should be recognized as an essential strategic resource for improving the performance (i.e., financial performance, customer performance, internal business process performance and learning and growth performance) of SMEs. This study also contributes to the current body of knowledge on AIM and management, particularly in the context of an emerging economy.

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Acknowledgements

Declaration of competing interest: The author declares that there is no known competing financial interests or personal relationships that could have appeared to influence the reported in this paper.

Citation

Abrokwah-Larbi, K. and Awuku-Larbi, Y. (2023), "The impact of artificial intelligence in marketing on the performance of business organizations: evidence from SMEs in an emerging economy", Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEEE-07-2022-0207

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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