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PhD Graduate and UKZN Staff Member Investigated the Banking Sector

April 23, 2015

Dr Sulaiman Atiku with his supervisor Dr Ziska Fields.
Dr Sulaiman Atiku with his supervisor Dr Ziska Fields.

PHD Human Resources Graduate, Dr Sulaiman Olusegun Atiku, says his qualification will enable him to move to the next level in teaching, researching and community development.

‘Studying to the level of PhD in Human Resource Management under the College of Law and Management for me was quite challenging and very interesting,’ said Atiku.

‘A Doctorate degree could contribute to growth and development of a nation through knowledge creation when research outcomes are used in solving business and national problems’

In Atiku’s thesis titled: “The relationship between organisational culture and performance in the Nigerian banking sector”, Human Resource Development policy and human resource outcomes were utilised as mediating variables in the link between organisational culture and performance. An alternative route was proposed on culture and performance link, which offers advanced explanation on the variations in organisational performance.’

Despite the challenges he faced, particularly during data collection and at the analysis stage, Atiku attributes his success to dedication, focus and tenacity.

Sixth in a family of seven siblings, and born to Atiku Akinyemi family of Lagos, Nigeria, Atiku said it took a lot of sacrifice to get to this stage as a full-time international candidate, when considering work and family stressors associated with the study.

‘The motivating factors for the pursuit of this qualification are the passion for self-development as well as the desire to contribute my quota to knowledge in the field of human resource management and organisational behaviour.

‘As an individual I like adding value to people irrespective of their age, gender, ethnicity or race. I like sharing knowledge with people around me provided they have potentials and eagerness for development.

‘This qualification will assist in my quest to advance the academic aspirations and development of youths across Africa’ said Atiku.

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