The Role of Access to Finance, Relational Capabilities and the Component of Strategic Orientations on SMEs Performance in Nigeria: A Pilot Study

Kabiru Sa’ad Sa’id, Asmat-Nizam B Abdul Talib, Rohail Hassan

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The objective of this study is to explore and confirm the validity and reliability of the measurement instrument to determine the role of access to financing, relational capabilities and component of strategic orientations on SMEs performance in Nigeria. SMEs performance is paramount due to their significant contribution to employment and GDP. The issue of non-performance of SMEs and lack of empirical evidence on the role of strategic orientations on SMEs performance in emerging countries particularly Nigeria motivated the study.  Therefore, confirming the validity and reliability of the measurement items will remove doubts regarding the applicability and suitability of the instrument in another context. It will also stand as the guide for full scale research. The study employed a survey approach and collected 33 useable questionnaires from SMEs in Kano-based on systematic random sampling technique. The model examined five factors as a determinant of SMEs performance in Nigeria. Hence the reliability and validity of the construct were determined by conducting data analysis using SPSSv20. Finally, the results have confirmed the validity and reliability of the measurement instruments used in the pilot study.


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Strategic Orientation, Relational Capabilities, Access to Finance, SMEs performance

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