IBRAHIM MOHAMMED LAWAL
SWOT ANALYSIS AND ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE NIGERIAN PUBLIC SERVICE
The public service in Nigeria has suffered setbacks which are largely attributed to ineffective and inefficient management. The general poor service delivery of public service organizations can be attributable to the inability of these organizations to develop proper evaluation strategies that would assist them refocus on their core mandates. A relatively new concept in organizational management, SWOT is a tool that assists organizations assess themselves by evaluating their internal and external competencies, challenges, opportunities and threats, with a view to enhancing their performance. Using secondary data and a purely descriptive approach, the paper examines the concept of public service and organizational development and prescriptively presents SWOT as one such tool that can enhance the performance of public service agencies.
SWOT, Organization, Organizational development, Performance, Human resource, Public service.
Organisations exist to meet the needs and wants of a society. They use inputs from the environment and transform them into outputs such as food, clothing, housing, medical care, transportation as well as other things that add meaning to human existence (leisure and recreation). The extent to which these organisations achieve their objectives depends on several factors.
Many organisations have failed to meet the objectives or purposes of their formation. This scenario is most noticeable in underdeveloped countries where many managers lack the requisite managerial skills in management. It is one thing to formulate individual and organisational objectives; and another thing to achieve the set targets, sustain task-level and later improve on performance.
In Nigeria, the failure of... [continues]
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