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Business Ethics in a Constrained Environment: Ethical Dilemmas of Entrepreneurship in Nigeria

Ita, Emmanuel Okon (2020) Business Ethics in a Constrained Environment: Ethical Dilemmas of Entrepreneurship in Nigeria. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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This dissertation addressed ethics in entrepreneurship from the perspective of entrepreneurs in Nigeria. It tried to understand the issues that shape and influence the entrepreneur's ethical business practices. Specifically, this study identified the problems that limit an entrepreneur's ability to compete in the Nigerian business environment, its effects on ethical business practice and what can be done to improve the situation. The researcher used a cross-sectional study design and a questionnaire to raise data for the study. The sample consisted of 66 entrepreneurs in Nigeria. The data was analysed using descriptive statistics while the relationship between the variables was tested using Pearson chi-square analysis. The result showed that the problems that hamper the growth and development of entrepreneurship business in Nigeria include; limited access to finance, poor taxation policies, limited access to and lack of awareness of government programs initiated to support entrepreneurs, lack of help from the government, high level of bureaucracy and corruption. The study discovered that corruption and poor taxation policies out of all the problems had had the most significant impact on the entrepreneur's ethical behaviour. The study recommended improved government policies, especially around taxation, fighting corruption by increasing oversight, infrastructural development, as measures that can be put in place to curb the problems.

Keywords: Ethics, Entrepreneurship, Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), Nigeria

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > New Business Enterprises
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Science in Management
Depositing User: Dan English
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2021 14:01
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2021 14:01

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