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Title: The small scale labour force in Port Harcourt and Calabar.
Author: Ekpenyong, S.
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 1980
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This is a comparative study of self employed craftsmen, their apprentices and employees in Port Harcourt and Calabar. It explores their socioeconomic characteristics, business organisation, recruitment and training of manpower, labour relations, income ,problems , aspirations and commitment to their jobs. The data were gathered in 1978 and 1979. } Five trades were selected for study. The data show that the characteristics of small scale production are closely related to the level of economic development and industrialisation and therefore different from one city to another. Comparative data are used to highlight some of the operational problems in defining, measuring and assisting small scale activities. Various hypotheses concerning the informal sector of the economy in countries of the Third World were explored. These concerned the structure, entry, role and problems of small entrepreneurs; the relationships between. the small producers, formal sector enterprises and the state, and the way in which social background factors mould or hinder small business endeavour. The question of what factors enhance or limit the expansion of firms in the sector, the success of some and failure of others and the implications of petty production for social mobility and societal values.were also explored. Attention was also given to the recruitment and training processes and wage employment in the small scale labour force.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Management & business studies Management