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Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Leadership Styles in Nigerian Work Organisations


  • Osarumwense Iguisi

    (Department of Business Administration, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria)


This research project investigated four managerial leadership styles in Nigerian organizations. The research question that the research tries to address is: to what extent are the leadership styles expressed in modern management theories consistent with Nigerian Traditional values? The findings do confirm that the perceived leadership style in the organizations by the managers is autocratic, the preferred style is the paternalistic and the rejected is the autocratic. For about one in five Nigerian managers, the democratic style is the most often rejected. The study challenges the validity of dominant Western universal perspectives in managerial leadership in traditional African organizations. The study suggests that elements of traditional values pose serious challenge to Nigerian managers’ ability to adopt traditional and modern management practice that can improve the effectiveness of leadership in their organizations Key Words:Africa, Culture, Management

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  • Osarumwense Iguisi, 2014. "Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Leadership Styles in Nigerian Work Organisations," International Journal of Research in Business and Social Science (2147-4478), Center for the Strategic Studies in Business and Finance, vol. 3(4), pages 01-13, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:rbs:ijbrss:v:3:y:2014:i:4:p:01-13

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