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Market orientation, knowledge management, entrepreneurial orientation and performance of Nigeria SMEs

Shehu, Aliyu Mukhtar (2014) Market orientation, knowledge management, entrepreneurial orientation and performance of Nigeria SMEs. PhD. thesis, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationships between market orientation, knowledge management, and entrepreneurial orientation on the performance of Nigerian small and medium enterprises (SMEs), with the moderating and mediating effects of business environment and organizational culture respectively. Literature was extensively reviewed in management and other related fields for better understanding of past, present and future needs in the study area. Although their relationships have generated considerable scholarly interest, few studies have actually been conducted among SMEs in Nigeria. SMEs are essential to economic growth in Nigeria and they are a major source of employment and contribute significantly towards the gross domestic products. Based on a theoretical consideration, a model was proposed to examine these relationships. A crosssectional survey design was adopted and the unit of analysis was the organization, which is SME performance in Nigeria; and the owner/managers of SMEs were the respondents. The study employed systematic random sampling technique in data collection, with a sample size of 640 SMEs. A combination of descriptive and inferential statistics was used to analyze the data collected using Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) for window version 20. Hence, both multiple regression and hierarchical regression analysis were used. The findings of this study reported that knowledge management and entrepreneurial orientation have direct significant positive relationship with firm performance, while market orientation was not found to be a predictor of SME performance in Nigeria. The result of hierarchical regression (moderation test) established that business environment was not found to moderate the relationships between market orientation, knowledge management, entrepreneurial orientation and firm performance. The findings of mediation test indicated that organizational culture partially mediated the relationships between knowledge management, entrepreneurial orientation and firm performance. Finally, study implications for theory and practice, limitations, conclusions as well as direction for future research were provided and discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD.)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Market orientation, knowledge management, entrepreneurial orientation, organizational culture, business environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory > HB615-715 Entrepreneurship. Risk and uncertainty. Property
Divisions: Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business
Depositing User: Mr. Badrulsaman Hamid
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2015 02:23
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2016 02:28
URI: http://etd.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/4346

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