Samuel Kamugisha

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Samuel Kamugisha is currently a PhD Candidate at Jönköping International Business School in Sweden.  He is Lecturer at the, College of Business and Economics in the School of Business. He holds a Master of Business administration with a major in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from the National University of Rwanda (currently University of Rwanda). Sam is broadly interested in strategy and entrepreneurship research with a keen interest in new venture emergence and creation, survival and growth processes especially in the context of developing economies.

From 2011 to 2013, Samuel served as the Coordinating Secretary for the MBA Program in the Department of Management, Faculty of Economics and Management of the former National University of Rwanda. He has participated in module development and he teach several modules/courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. At undergraduate level he teaches Organizational Strategy and Development, Organizational Theory and Behaviour, Strategic Human Resources Management, and at graduate level he has taught modules including Management and Leadership, Organizational Strategy and Change Management, and Organizational Behaviour and Communication.

Sam is an industrious, versatile and purpose driven scholar with dedication to business education and capacity building in the broad areas of strategy and entrepreneurship. He wishes to be part of the national, regional and global business decision making network that will challenge and determine how business develops and shape and advice the next generation of entrepreneurs or practioners, managers and policy makers.

Additional phone number: +46 790 43 30 56

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Areas of Research:

  • Strategy and Organizational Change;
  • Start-ups, New Venture Performance—survival and growth;
  • Developing Economies and their Contextual Configurations.


Published Papers

Kamugisha, S. (2017) New firms’ survival in Rwanda: an analysis of institutional and social contexts. In Pasilas R. M., Brundin, E., Markowska, M. Contextualizing Entrepreneurship in Emerging and Developing Economies. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Kamugisha, S. (2013). The effects of change management in an organisation: A case study of National University of Rwanda (Nur). Wyno Journal of Management & Business Studies1(1), 1-18.

Submitted to Journal

Kamugisha, S. (2017). Understanding New Firm Survival in Developing Economies: An Institutional Perspective (RENT Conference, 2017, Lund, Sweden and Submitted to Journal of Small Business Management).

Kamugisha, S. (2017). The Interface between History and Institutions on Entrepreneurial Actions: Implications for New Firms Survival and Growth Processes in Rwanda (Submitted to Journal of Business & Retail Management Research).

Presented at a Conference

Kamugisha, S. (2018). Taking Stock of New Firm Processes and Survival in Developing Economies: Future Research Agenda (AFAM Conference, 2018, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia).

Kamugisha, S. (2015). Understanding New Firm Survival in Emerging Economies: The Case of manufacturing Firms in Rwanda (EABEW Conference, Kigali Rwanda).

Kamugisha, S. (2015). Exploring the Impact of Newness on Survival of Firms within an Industry: A Case of Manufacturing Firms in Rwanda (EURAM Conference, Warsaw, Poland).