ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSI am sincerely indebted and appreciative to a number of people who contributed significantly to the success of this study. Foremost, I would like to acknowledge and thank my parents, Mr. Rapheal Olope and Mrs. Esther Olope for their unwavering and unconditional love, support and encouragement. Secondly, I would like to acknowledge and thank my supervisor, Mr. Ian Spur, for his honest advice, devotion and guidance throughout this study. I would also like to thank my friends Layemi Tunanse, Tolu Modile, Jessica Obomanu, Vincent Keshiro and Lateef Odunfewa for their advice and support during this study.
This study would not have been successful without the participation of staff and managers from Damog Nigeria Limited, Hype Media Studios and Simba Solar. I thank you for taking time from your busy schedules to participate in this study. I am deeply indebted for your cooperation and participation in this study. ABSTRACTManagement practices play an important role in determining the effectiveness and overall success of an organisation. Although management practices mainly revolve around planning, organising, controlling and leading, every organisation has its distinctive management practices. In most cases, the management practices used in an organisation are determined by the organisation’s vision and goals, the structure and size of an organisation, available resources and the type of market that an organisation operates in among many other factors.
Nonetheless, a considerable number of studies conducted previously postulate that culture is one of the overriding factors that determine the management practices employed in organisations. It is on this premise, that this study was conducted so as to investigate the influence of the Nigerian national culture on management practices used in small and medium scale enterprises in Lagos.
The main purpose of this study was to establish how different aspects or dimensions of the Nigerian culture affect the way that managers of SMEs in Lagos operate. This study also sought to examine the impact that particularistic or universalistic management practices have on these SMEs. Additionaly, it sought to establish whether culture has a positive or negative influence on Nigerian management practices. In order to address these research objectives, a qualitative interpretive research approach was used. Questionnaires and interviews were used as methods of data collection.
A total of 59 participants (50 employees and 9 managers) from three SMEs in Lagos namely; Damog Nigeria Limited, Hype Media Studios and Simba Solar participated in this study. The findings established through this study showed that the Nigerian national culture has a significant influence on management practices used in SMEs in Lagos. The different dimensions of the Nigerian national culture impact both positively and negatively on how managers in these SMEs operate. However, certain aspects of the Nigerian culture such as collectivism, conservatism and uncertainty avoidance are not reflected in the management practices used in SMEs in Lagos.
This can be attributed to various non-cultural variables that are not examined in this study. Therefore, future research studies should focus on examining variables other than culture that influence management practices used in SMEs in Lagos Nigeria.