Ernest Jebolise Chukwuka (Ph.D)
This study presents an empirical investigation of the effect of Ecopreneurship on organizational
performance of selected manufacturing firms in Nigeria. This study was motivated by the need to
solve the environmental problems caused by the activities of profit driven entrepreneurs as well as
exploring the benefits to organizations. The study was guided by two key objectives, from which
appropriate research questions and hypotheses were formulated. The specific objectives of this
study were: (i) ascertain the extent to which ecological sustainability practices affect the
profitability of selected manufacturing firms in Nigeria (ii) establish the degree to which eco-
innovation affects market share of selected manufacturing firms in Nigeria. This study adopted the
survey design. Simple random sampling technique was used in selecting the 10 manufacturing
firms in Nigeria based on the rich ecopreneurship profiles and mode of operations of the
manufacturing firms in Nigeria. A sample size of 543 respondents was determined from the
population of 5705 drawn from management, middle and lower cadre of the selected manufacturing
firms using Cochran (1977) statistical formula. A stratified sampling technique was also used to
determine the proportional allocation of questionnaire to management cadre, middle cadre and
lower cadre. Designed questionnaire and personal interview were used for primary data collection.
The questionnaire was structured on 5-point Likert scale. The validity of the instrument was
ascertained using content validity. The instrument was checked for Reliability using test re-test
method through Cronbach alpha with a value of 0.90, which shows consistency in the items of
survey. Data were analyzed and the hypotheses were tested using linear regression analysis.
Probability level of significance was given at 5%. Data were presented using simple percentage.
Findings revealed that Ecological sustainability had a positive and significant effect on the
profitability of the selected manufacturing firms in Nigeria. Eco-innovation had a positive effect on
the market share of selected manufacturing firms of south-south, Nigeria. In conclusion, the
implementation of ecopreneurship practices, principles and processes will lead to very positive
outcome that will be visibly manifested in the organization and the environment. The
recommendations were ecopreneurship courses should be incorporated into the current
entrepreneurship education curriculum. Governments should give incentives, subsidies to
ecopreneurship firms by way of tax waivers and policy support.
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ecopreneurship, Eco-innovation, Ecological sustainability, Profitability, Market share, Performance, Manufacturing firms.
18th April, 2018
18th April, 2018