International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Application of Management Theories and Philosophies in Nigeria and Their Associated Problems
Prof. B.E.A. Oghojafor, Mr. Ademola Idowu, Dr. O.J. George

This paper uses culture as a major driver of the application of management theories in Nigeria, and examines the associated problems with a view to recommending appropriate solutions. It defines culture along divergence, universalism, convergence and situational lines of demarcation; and notes, from the point of view of African contributions to management thought, that, management ideas are universal, but their level of development differs from one civilisation to another. The paper is based on secondary sources of data collected from the structured survey of articles and texts published in the last twenty years, and on, specifically, a typical Nigerian Management Model which is predicated on the African core values. The paper reviews the literature of some examples of management theories and discusses the problems which are associated with the application of management theories in Nigeria. This paper reveals that despite these problems, management scholars and academicians are working on the adaptation or formulation of necessary African and indeed Nigerian management theories. The paper recommends possible solutions to the identified problems which include the need for Nigeria to forge international cooperation with countries of similar backgrounds with the aim of conducting cross – cultural studies in management theories.

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