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Title: The introduction of operational research into developing countries, with special reference to Nigeria
Author: Idama, Adamu
ISNI:       0000 0001 3586 0906
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 1984
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The problems of the introduction of Operational Research (OR) into developing countries was examined with particular reference to the Nigerian Civil Service. Following preliminary investigations on OR in developing countries a questionnaire was used to interview fifty- nine Nigerian senior civil servants including nine permanent secretaries on the problems of the introduction of OR into government services in Nigeria. The interviews were conducted in thirty-five ministries, and in three public corporations in the Federal government, and in five State governments in Nigeria. This unique information which is the first of its kind from Nigeria was used to identify nine factors essential to the introduction of OR into the civil service in Nigeria. In order to explore the problems of staffing, a psychometric instrument, the 16PF, was used to determine the personality traits which account for success in OR. The instrument was administered to fifty- six British OR scientists in order to construct a personality profile of OR scientists. This study represents the first attempt to understand using scientific method the traits which are responsible for success in OR, and the traits which significantly distinguish OR Scientists from the general adult population, the scientific community, and other occupational groups. The thesis concluded by discussing a general theory on the introduction of Operational Research (OR) into organisations, and by making recommendations on the introduction of OR into the Nigerian Civil Service.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Benue State (Nigeria) ; Federal Ministry of Education, Nigeria
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: HD28 Management. Industrial Management