Researcher returns from a year in Nigeria.

Researcher returns from a year in Nigeria.

A University of Cumbria engineer and business graduate has returned from a year’s field trip to Nigeria funded by the Rotary Club of Britain and Ireland.

Kingsley Adinnu, a PhD final year student, received the scholarship to study small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries.

Kingsley travelled with the intention of gathering information digitally from the mix of SMEs in Enugu State, South-East Region of Nigeria. However, his initial email shot was very slow to produce responses and he quickly discovered that the region’s culture functioned through face-to-face, personal introductions, with use of the internet and emails merely an add-on.

Fortunately, Kingsley had massive support from the four major stakeholders: University of Nigeria Nsukka, University of Cumbria, Rotary Foundation Lancaster and the host rotary club in Nigeria, so quickly gained the trust of many business owners, managers and directors.

In keeping with local context, his research became qualitative rather than quantitative and he has returned to complete his PhD with the intention of disseminating this research to the benefit of local, national and international businesses and institutions. The title of his dissertation is ‘The role of regional business knowledge networks’.

Kingsley says he chose to study at the University of Cumbria because of the diversity in the research discipline and the focus of the university on the growth, development and sustainability of SMEs, which is what his research is based on

Speaking at the time of the award Professor Frank Peck, Research Director, Centre for Regional Economic Development (CRED) said:

"Innovation in small locally-owned firms is often considered vital for sustaining regional economies and Kingsley’s research will contribute significantly to our understanding of the process of business growth specifically in emerging and developing countries. The research also forges new links for the University of Cumbria with researchers at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka, Enugu State."