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The Evolution of Management Theories, Philosophies and Thoughts in Nigeria


  • James G Olusoji

    () (Dept. of Business Administration, University of Lagos - Lagos State, Nigeria.)

  • Olufemi A Ogunkoya

    () (Olabisi Onabanjo University - Ogun State, Nigeria)


This paper examines the evolution of management theories, philosophies and thoughts in Nigeria. It views management as a philosophy and practice that have existed in Nigeria even prior to the industrial revolution era in Europe. The study discusses management thought evolution in the pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial history of Nigeria. By relying on secondary data gathered from related literatures, the paper identifies factors influencing the evolutionary development of Management thoughts in Nigeria which include colonialism, culture, socio-economic thoughts, technological development and organizational size. After drawing comparisons between Western management practice and Nigerian management culture, the study concludes that colonialism and culture are the major forces driving the development of managerial thoughts and practice in Nigeria.

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  • James G Olusoji & Olufemi A Ogunkoya, 2015. "The Evolution of Management Theories, Philosophies and Thoughts in Nigeria," Economics and Management Research Projects: An International Journal, Open Access International Journals, vol. 5(1), pages 1-9, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:por:emrpij:v:5:y:2015:i:1:p:1-9

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    Communality; Patronage; Indirect rule; Culture; Patrimonial Management;

    JEL classification:

    • B00 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - General - - - History of Economic Thought, Methodology, and Heterodox Approaches
    • B19 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - Other
    • B29 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Other


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