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 This project examines effects of wasteful organizational practices on the survival of government firms in Nigeria. Hick and Gullet (1988:589), opine that an organizational practice is wasteful if it fails to help accomplish organizational objectives. Wasteful practices may occur slowly, silently, without warning and are often extremely difficult to recognize, hence they may be difficult to control. However, Agbo et al (2003:213), stress that a basic cause of wasteful practices in an organization is that individuals may pursue their own personal objectives without, at the same time contributing to objectives of the organization. This tendency to work toward individual objectives without adequate reference to organizational objectives is a cankerworm that erodes organizational progress, and this disease becomes potentially serious when organizations are large, complex and impersonal. Other causes of wasteful organizational practices include the fact that government officials want to increase the number of their subordinates rather than create rival organization and this is called the law of multiplication of subordinates by Professor Parkinson. In addition, workers of government owned firms in Nigeria make work for each other on daily basis and this is called the law of multiplication of work by Professor Parkinson. Other dysfunctional practices in government firms in Nigeria that are considered wasteful include avoidance of responsibility, spreading accountability, hoarding authority, delay of decisions, formalism and ritualism, bureaucratic sabotage, stalemate and interdepartmental warfare. However, the above wasteful organizational practices adversely affect the survival of government firms in Nigeria in terms of service delivery to citizens and achievement of government policies and objectives efficiently and effectively. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his address on service delivery (servicom), on 19th to 21st March, 2004, stressed that public offices are the shopping floor for government business. Regrettably, Nigerians have for too long been feeling short-changed by the quality of public service delivery by which decisions are not made without undue outside influence, and files do not move without being pushed with inducements. According to President Obasanjo, our public offices have for too long been showcases for the combined evils of inefficiency and corruption, whilst being impediments to effective implementation of government policies. Worse still, in government firms in Nigeria especially Federal and State Ministries, few customers apply for services without budgeting time and money to follow their applications from desk to desk, while bracing themselves for the phenomenon of the ‘missing’ file that would re-appear after settling someone. In some government owned firms including Federal and State Ministries, many unscrupulous civil servants wait for file owners who applied for one official thing or the other to come and grease their palms before they could be attended to irrespective of the urgency that may be attached to such application or work as the case may be. Some dishonest civil servants connive with contractors to defraud the government. Ghost workers are used in government firms to unduly increase government wage bills without commensurate work being done for the government. Many Chief Executives of government firms and ministries have converted government vehicles to personal and private uses without regard to government laid down rules and regulations regarding the uses to such vehicles. All these wasteful organizational practices hamper the survival of government firms in Nigeria. Three Federal Ministries namely Federal Ministry of Works, Federal Ministry of Lands, and Housing and Federal Ministry of Labour and productivity are used by the researcher as government owned firms. Each of the above three ministries is located at Federal Secretariat complex, independence layout Enugu. Therefore, the researcher examined the effects of wasteful organizational practices on the survival of the above named government firms.

Project detailsContents
Number of Pages114 pages
Chapter one Introduction
Chapter two Literature review
Chapter three  methodology
Chapter  four  Data analysis
Chapter  five Summary,discussion & recommendations
Chapter summary1 to 5 chapters
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