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Regional Crises and Corruption: The Eclipse of the Quality of Working Life in Nigeria.

Adisa, T. and Gbadamosi, G., 2019. Regional Crises and Corruption: The Eclipse of the Quality of Working Life in Nigeria. Employee Relations, 41 (3), 571-591.

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DOI: 10.1108/ER-02-2018-0043


Purpose – In recent years, there has been a rapid decline in the quality of working life (QWL) of Nigerian workers at all levels. This phenomenon is cryptic and knowledge thereof is inadequate due to a dearth of compelling research on QWL in Nigeria. This article seeks a deeper understanding of QWL among Nigerian workers by investigating the impact of corruption and regional crises on QWL in this non-western context. The study also examines what QWL means to Nigerian employees. Methodology – The study employs qualitative data gleaned from semi-structured interviews. Findings – The research reveals that corruption has a strongly negative effect on employees’ QWL, which in turn affects their motivation, attitude towards their job, and the psychological contract between them and their employers. Furthermore, the findings revealed that regional crises (such as the heinous activities of the Boko Haram sect in the north-east, the continuing agitation of the secessionists (e.g. the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)), in the south-east, and the tumultuous activities of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) in the south-south, have combined to reduce employees’ QWL. Research limitations/implications – The extent to which the findings of this research can be generalised is constrained by the selected sample of the research (public sector employees). Originality/value – These results and the practical implications thereof will be useful to the Nigerian government, policymakers and organisations for creating and enhancing good QWL in Nigeria.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:corruption; regional crises; quality of working life; Nigerian workers; psychological contract;
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:31063
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:27 Jul 2018 09:05
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:12


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