Local Government Council Case Study

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The paradigm of local council governance hitherto requires a fundamental shift in the direction of deliberate strategic management. This presents a noesis gap.

1.4 Purpose of the Study
The purpose of this research is presented under two subheadings: aim and objectives and significance of the study.
1.4.1 Aim and Objectives of the study

While Saliu and Khalil (2011) have pointed a myriad of research areas in local government administration, this study sought to evaluate the status quo of strategic management practices in the local councils in Nigeria; the effect of their leadership styles and organizational culture in the understanding and implementation of strategic management in the public domain. The underlying objectives of the study
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In seeking to meet objectives, research questions are raised (Yusoff, 2008; Blaikie 2010). In line with the objectives of this study, the researcher sought to answer the following questions:

Research Question 1: What is the nature and characteristics of strategy formulation in practice in local government councils in Nigeria?

Research Question 2: What is the impact of organizational leadership in strategy formulation process in the local government councils in Nigeria?

Research Question 3: What is the impact of organizational culture in strategy development in practice in local government councils in Nigeria?

Research Question 4: What are the barriers which are likely preventing the strategy formulation in practice in local government councils in Nigeria?
1.6 Definition of key Terms
This section defines the following key terms identified in this study: strategy, strategic management, public sector and local government.
1.6.1
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It is a blueprint of goals, intent, purport, functions, resolve, capacities that typifies the essence of an organization’s operations. Strategies are deliberate, conscious and systematic plan of actions that harps on current and anticipated resources. Although strategies are based on internal management decisions, it requires due consideration of both internal and external factors because its consequences are multidimensional (Bryson 1995; David 2009)

1.6.2 Strategic Management

Strategic management is defined as the function of crafting, analyzing, and adopting strategies; exercising control and evaluating outcomes in line with the organization’s objectives (Kazmi, 2008). Strategic management is scientific as much as it is artistic and managerial. It involves planned decision making, implementation and assessment of actions to meet organizational goals (David 2009).

1.6.3 Public

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