THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MANAGERIAL SKILLS AND PERFORMANCE OF SMALL AND MEDIUM SCALE ENTERPRISES IN NIGERIA: A STUDY OF SME’s IN ABA, ABIA STATE

1 Otuokere,
Ifeanyi Charles, 2 Nnochiri, Victoria Nneoma
1 Department of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management,

2 Department of Business Administration College of Management Sciences, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike
1 Email:ic.otuokere@mouau.edu.ng
2 Email: nnnochiri@admin

ABSTRACT
The study sets examined the relationship between managerial skill and performance of SMEs in
Nigeria. The study was carried out within Aba, Abia state in Nigeria using a Descriptive/Survey
research design. Questionnaire were administered to respondent in 2018 of which their responses
were analyzed using pearson correlation with the aid of Statistics Package for the Social Sciences
(Version 20). Findings from the study revealed that, Technical skill has a strong positive relationship
with the performance of SMEs and it is significant while, leadership Skill has a positive but weak
relationship with the performance of SMEs but it not significant. Therefore, it is recommended that,
Government should intervene to provide training centers that will give managerial training
especially in the aspect of their leadership quality to the SME owners. This is necessary to burst the
performance of the SMEs since they are part of the drivers of economic growth of the nation. This
can be done in such a way that the attendance period to be designed by the government
representatives in collaboration with SME owners' union leaders and a valid and recognized
certificate should accompany the training. This will make attendance convenient for the existing SME
owners.
Keywords: Technical skills, Managerial Skill, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, SME’s
Performance.

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