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Olanrewaju Kareem, Adi Anuar bin Azmin, Tunku Salha binti Tunku Ahmad

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Olanrewaju Kareem, Adi Anuar bin Azmin, Tunku Salha binti Tunku Ahmad
School of Business Innovation and Technopreneurship, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Kangar, Perlis, Malaysia

Kareem, Olanrewaju, et al. "DOES ISLAMIC WORK ETHICS STRENGTHEN THE SIZE OF KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AND ENTREPRENEURIAL ORIENTATION EFFECTS ON PERFORMANCE OF SMEs IN NIGERIA?" Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 3, no. 1,jan. 2018, pp. 41-64, Accessed 2018.
Kareem, Olanrewaju, Adi Anuar B. Azmin, and Tunku Salha binti T. Ahmad. "DOES ISLAMIC WORK ETHICS STRENGTHEN THE SIZE OF KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AND ENTREPRENEURIAL ORIENTATION EFFECTS ON PERFORMANCE OF SMEs IN NIGERIA?" Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research 3, no. 1 (january 2018), 41-64. Accessed , 2018.

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The performance of organization has been measured using various combinations of factors that are pertinent to effective management. With Islamic work ethics being considered as an important factor due to evidence of ethical crises in workplace that have led to depleting performance as well as running businesses into bankruptcy. This study aims to examine whether Islamic work ethics can resolve the issue by strengthening the effects of knowledge management and entrepreneurial orientation on SME performance in developing country, specifically Nigeria. Questionnaires was administered to 531 owners/managers of SMEs that are duly registered member of Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprise in six states that represent six geo-political zones in Nigeria. Employing SPSS and Smart-PLS SEM as the analytical tool to perform the analysis of data received from the respondents. The findings of the study reveal that Knowledge management and entrepreneurial orientation have significant positive influence on SME performance. Entrepreneurial orientation was found to have a higher effect on SME performance. The findings further reveal that Islamic work ethics strengthen the influence of entrepreneurial orientation on SME performance. Therefore, a contribution of novel insight to literature and practice that Islamic work ethics provides a guideline for improved managerial practices and harmonious work environment, curtailing any form of unethical behaviour that could jeopardized the existence of the organization, as well as enhancing efficiency and quality of the organization. Limitations and areas for future research are discussed.