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Environmental scanning strategy of manufacturing companies in southwestern Nigeria

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Abstract:

In this paper, we examine the environmental scanning strategy of manufacturing companies in southwestern Nigeria against the background that manufacturing companies in Nigeria exist in a challenging environment characterised by high import dependency, inappropriate policies, lack of transparent governance and weak industrial capabilities. Empirical data was collected with a questionnaire from a sample of 84 manufacturing firms in southwestern Nigeria. It was observed that generally companies in the industry actively engage in systematic gathering, analyses and assimilation of information about the business environment as strategic input into planning. The main objective of firms' search was to obtain information required to initiate or support strategies for competing in the domestic market. Central among the factors determining the companies' level of intrusiveness into the environment are companies' capacity to interpret changes in the environment, available channels of information and quality of information.

Keywords: business environment; capabilities; environmental analysability; environmental scanning; environmental uncertainty; manufacturing; strategy; technology

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09537325.2011.558394

Affiliations: 1: National Centre for Technology Management (Federal Ministry of Science and Technology), Ile-Ife, Nigeria 2: Technology Planning and Development Unit, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Publication date: April 1, 2011

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