Working Capital And Operational Efficiency Of Small-Scale Trading Stores (A Study Of Selected Outlets In Ilorin Metropolis)

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Working Capital And Operational Efficiency Of Small-Scale Trading Stores (A Study Of Selected Outlets In Ilorin Metropolis)


Research Questions


  1. What are the main challenges faced by small-scale trading stores in Ilorin Metropolis regarding working capital management and operational efficiency?

  2. What is the current state of working capital management practices among small-scale trading stores in the study area?

  3. How does working capital management impact the operational efficiency and overall performance of small-scale trading stores?

  4. What role can technological advancements play in improving working capital management and operational efficiency in small-scale trading stores?

Research Objectives


  1. Identify the main challenges encountered by small-scale trading stores in Ilorin Metropolis concerning working capital management and operational efficiency.

  2. Assess the current state of working capital management practices among small-scale trading stores in the study area.

  3. Examine the impact of working capital management on the operational efficiency and overall performance of small-scale trading stores.

  4. Investigate the role of technological advancements in enhancing working capital management and operational efficiency in small-scale trading stores.

Research Hypotheses


Hypotheses One

  • Ho: Small-scale trading stores in Ilorin Metropolis face significant challenges in working capital management, including issues with cash flow, inventory management, and debt management.
  • Hi: Small-scale trading stores in Ilorin Metropolis face fewer challenges in working capital management, indicating efficient cash flow, inventory management, and debt management practices.

Hypotheses One

  • Ho: The current state of working capital management practices among small-scale trading stores in the study area is suboptimal, characterized by inadequate liquidity, inefficient inventory turnover, and high levels of short-term debt.
  • Hi: The current state of working capital management practices among small-scale trading stores in the study area is optimal, demonstrating sufficient liquidity, efficient inventory turnover, and low levels of short-term debt.

Table of Content


  • Title Page
  • Certification
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgement
  • Table of Content
  • List of Tables
  • Abstract

Chapter One

Introduction

  • 1.1 Background to the Study
  • 1.2 Statement of Problem
  • 1.3 Research Questions
  • 1.4 Research Objectives
  • 1.5 Research Hypotheses
  • 1.6 Significant of the Study
  • 1.7 Scope of the Study
  • 1.8 Operational Definition of Terms

Chapter Two

Literature Review

  • 2.0 Preamble
  • 2.1 Conceptual Review
  • 2.1.1 Definition of Working Capital Management
  • 2.1.2 Components of Working Capital
  • 2.1.3 Importance of Working Capital Management
  • 2.2 Theoretical Review
  • 2.2.1 Agency Theory and Working Capital Management
  • 2.2.2 Trade-off Theory and Working Capital Management
  • 2.2.3 Pecking Order Theory and Working Capital Management
  • 2.3 Empirical Review
  • 2.3.1 Working Capital Management Practices in Small-scale Trading Stores
  • 2.3.2 Relationship Between Working Capital Management and Operational Efficiency
  • 2.3.3 Impact of Technological Advancements on Working Capital Management
  • 2.4 Gap in Literature

Chapter Three

Methodology

  • 3.0 Preamble
  • 3.1 Research Design
  • 3.2 Population of the Study
  • 3.3 Sample Size Determination
  • 3.4 Sampling Frame
  • 3.5 Sampling Technique and Procedure
  • 3.6 Data Collection Procedure
  • 3.7 Research Instruments
  • 3.8 Validity of Research Instrument
  • 3.9 Reliability of Research Instrument
  • 3.10 Method of Data Analysis
  • 3.11 Ethical Consideration

Chapter Four

Data Presentation and Analysis

  • 4.0 Preamble
  • 4.1 Presentation of Data
  • 4.2 Data Analysis
  • 4.3 Test of Hypotheses
  • Hypothesis Testing Using Anova
  • Hypothesis Testing Using Contingency Table Analysis
  • Hypothesis Testing Using Regression Analysis
  • Conclusion

Chapter Five

Summary, Conclusion and Recommendation

  • 5.0 Preamble
  • 5.1 Summary
  • 5.1.1 – Summary of the Study
  • 5.1.2 – Summary of Findings
  • 5.2 Conclusions
  • 5.3 Recommendations
  • 5.4 Policy Implications of the Study
  • 5.5 Delimitation of the Study
  • 5.6 Suggestions for Further Studies
  • REFERENCES
  • APPENDIX
  • QUESTIONNAIRE

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