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The Mediating Effect between Some Determinants of SME Performance in Nigeria

Popoola, Oluwatoyin Muse Johnson and Shehu, Aliyu Mukhtar and Aminu, Ibrahim Murtala and Nik Mat, Nik Kamariah and Nasiru, Abdullahi and Tsagem, Musa Muhammad Tsagem and Kura, Kabiru Maitama (2012): The Mediating Effect between Some Determinants of SME Performance in Nigeria. Published in: Management 2013 , Vol. 3, No. 4 : pp. 237-242.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship of owner/manager knowledge, competitive intensity, complexity of marketing, technical competence, firm size with the mediation of advisory services on the performance of Nigerian SMEs. The study employed structured questionnaire survey involving a sample of 278 manufacturing SMEs operating in Kano State, a total of 198 valid questionnaires were completed and returned representing 71 percent response rate. Evidence suggests that there is significant relationship between owner/manager knowledge, complexity of marketing decision and technical competence and advisory services. In contrast, the result found no significant relationship between firm size and advisory services. Similarly, the result found that owner/manager knowledge, complexity of marketing decision, technical competence and advisory services have significant relationship with performance. The result also indicates that, there is no significant relationship between firm size performance and technical competence and Performance. We also found that advisory service mediates the relationship between owner manager knowledge and the complexity of marketing decision. The findings of this study will benefit owner/managers of SMEs, regulatory agencies, accounting firms, government at all levels and will also serve as frame of reference to future studies.

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