IMPACT OF RELATIONAL CAPITAL ON PERFORMANCE OF PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES IN NORTH CENTRAL NIGERIA

Fatima Bisola MAHMOUD (M Sc., CNA, NCA), Mubaraq SANNI (Ph.D., FCA), Ismaila Daudu ALIU (Ph.D., ACA)

Abstract

This study examines the impact of relational capital on the performance of public universities in North central Nigeria. This study employed secondary data and primary data collected concurrently, analyzed them separately and merged them during interpretation. The population for primary data include all full time professors totalled eight thousand, five hundred and eighty-nine (8,589) from which sample size of 382 was selected while population for secondary data include all the thirteen (13) public universities in north central Nigeria. Both data were collected using structured questionnaire and from annual reports respectively. The methods of estimation employed include OLS and GMM. The result of both analyses revealed that relational capital is significantly related with teaching and community service performance but conflicting result for research performance. The study concludes that relational capital positively influences the teaching and community service performance of public universities in north central Nigeria. Therefore, the study recommends that emphasis should be placed on the quality and relevance of the research to immediate environments of the universities. Also, the study recommends that all avenues to foster cross-university linkages and collaboration with host community should be pursued by the public universities in North central Nigeria.

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