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Understanding how business is perceived ‘on the street’: Investigating the rules that govern economic life in Nigeria

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Adeolu Adesanya

School of Management, University of Leicester Curator, CreativityTurf, GB
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The objective of this research is to explore the complexity of business development in Nigeria by analysing how business is defined, understood and enacted ‘on the street’, namely, by small entrepreneurs in an urban context. It aims to carve a path for a deeper understanding of how Nigeria functions in reality in order to let the social context determine what kind of economic interventions are possible, rather than relying on aid or microfinance to bring about development. It will also build upon the limited entrepreneurial studies carried out in Sub-Saharan Africa, taking into account how business relations actually occur and function in their societies. This objective will be achieved via the detailed analysis of a particular urban space, looking at how different actors relate to each other to survive; and, on a wider scale, how these actors promote the economic development of the place where they live through daily interactions.

This study will be undertaken through an ethnographical analysis, with the aid of other qualitative methodologies such as indepth interviews. This approach is adopted because, although there is an increasing interest in research on the topic of entrepreneurship, very little analysis has been done regarding the rules that govern economic life in Nigeria. By exploring the social themes that have already been identified through a pilot study conducted by this author, this research seeks to extend our understanding of policy interventions that can be undertaken in a specific urban economic space. Subjective issues such as ethics, values, morality, legitimacy and age will be emphasised through their impact on economic development.

How to Cite: Adesanya, A., 2015. Understanding how business is perceived ‘on the street’: Investigating the rules that govern economic life in Nigeria. The Public Sphere: Journal of Public Policy, 3(1), pp.1–12.
Published on 01 Jan 2015.
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