ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP AND COMPETITIVENESS OF SMALL BUSINESS IN NORTH CENTRAL, NIGERIA

Authors

  • Vincent Yerima Abimiku Federal University Wukari, Taraba State, Nigeria
  • Cornelius Odey Ebagu, Ph.D Federal University Wukari, Taraba State, Nigeria

Keywords:

Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Business, Competitiveness, Small Scale

Abstract

This study examined the effect of entrepreneurial leadership on the competitiveness of small businesses in Jalingo, Taraba State, Nigeria. Specifically, it focuses on assessing the effect of entrepreneurial leadership attributes such as innovation, adaptability, and resource allocation on the competitiveness of small businesses. The study adopted a quantitative research design, conducting a cross-sectional survey to gather data from small business owners and managers operating in Jalingo, Taraba State, Nigeria. The study's population consists of 1,779 registered small businesses, and the sample size of 327 small businesses is determined using the Taro Yamane formula. Small businesses from various sectors, including manufacturing, accommodation and food services, agriculture, wholesale/retail trade, construction, and education, are included. Data is collected through questionnaires, utilizing a stratified random sampling technique. The instruments' reliability was confirmed using Cronbach's alpha, and face validity is ensured through expert reviews. Multiple regression analysis, facilitated by SPSSv23, was employed to analyse the data. The findings reveal a moderate association between entrepreneurial leadership and competitiveness. The results show that innovation, adaptability, and resource allocation significantly affect small business competitiveness. Based on the study's findings, it is recommended that small business owners in Jalingo, Taraba State, Nigeria, focus on fostering entrepreneurial leadership attributes, particularly innovation, adaptability, and resource allocation, to enhance their competitiveness.

Author Biographies

Vincent Yerima Abimiku, Federal University Wukari, Taraba State, Nigeria

Department of Business Administration
Federal University Wukari

Cornelius Odey Ebagu, Ph.D, Federal University Wukari, Taraba State, Nigeria

Department of Business Administration
Federal University Wukari, Taraba State, Nigeria

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Published

2024-01-29

How to Cite

Abimiku, V. Y., & Cornelius, O. E. (2024). ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP AND COMPETITIVENESS OF SMALL BUSINESS IN NORTH CENTRAL, NIGERIA. FUW-International Journal of Management and Social Sciences, 9(1), 82–93. Retrieved from https://fuw-ijmss.com.ng/index.php/fijmss/article/view/65