Caleb University Don Leads International Scholars To S/Africa On Combating Global Business Failure 

Prof. Olalekan Usiobaifo Asikhia, Caleb University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation, Strategy and Administration) recent  led other International scholars at the ongoing International Conference on Global Business Rescue and Resilience held in South Africa.
The erudite scholar and the grant winner delivered a paper on “Business Resilience Determinants and Performance of Small Medium Enterprises”, at the Conference.
Globally acclaimed for its timeliness and strategic importance, the conference aims to develop a strategy for curbing the persistent failure of small businesses in Africa, taking a cue from Nigeria.
In his address,  the scholar emphasised, “Organisational factors like effective proactive management skills, flexible organisational structure, marketing and environmental scanning skills; must be developed to stem business failure”.
Besides, Prof Asikhia chaired a session on Management and Business Resilience in Africa.
Other Ranking Business Rescue members in attendance include DVC University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa; as well as Prof. Naeem, Dean, School of Accounting, Finance and Economics, University of Kwazulu, Prof Rams Rajam, Professor of Accounting and Finance and Coordinator of the Business Rescue Unit, University of Kwazulu Natal and Professor Sina Yekini, Professor of Accounting, University of Derby, United Kingdom, among others.
The basic objective of the conference is to address, curb and proffer solutions to the alarming rate of business failures in Africa, the need to put together a team across nations of the world to assist in stemming this dangerous trend necessitated a congregation of the brightest Business Scholars to brainstorm in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa for a  diverse presentation on the way forward.
Tagged “International Conference on Business Resilience, Continuity and Regeneration”, the Rescue Team at the international conference also considers the need for intensive diagnostic tools and processes that will rightly identify the different degrees of ailments bedevilling different organisations, before attempting a prescription.
“Consequently, the concept is not one method solves all. This becomes important in the light of environmental dynamism in which businesses operate from one country to the other.
“The outbreak of COVID-19 and the concomitant failures of businesses across nations of the world showed that several firms were not proactive enough to predict their environments and reconfigure resources and capabilities to arrest the plunge.”
Expectedly, the conference asserts the need for continuous monitoring of the business environment and business operations flexibility.


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