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Ovadje, F. (2014). Change Leadership in Africa. Publisher: Routledge, New York



Book Chapters

Ovadje, F. (2012). Manager – Subordinate Trust Relationships in West Africa. (Chapter in the book, Manager-Subordinate Trust: A Global Perspective edited by Pablo Cardona and Michael J. Morley. Publisher: Routledge, New York.


Ovadje, F. (2012). CMC Connect: The Challenge of Realizing the Vision (Chapter in the book:

Human Capital Leadership A Strategic Approach to Optimizing Workplace Potential.

Jonathan H. Westover (ed.). Cognella Academic Publishing, San Diego, CA.


Ovadje, F. (2003) "Comprehensive Framework and Support Systems for SME development in Nigeria [UNIDO Publication]


Ovadje, F. & Ankomah, A. (2001) "Human Resource Management in Nigeria" [Chapter in the book "Human Resource Management in Developing Countries by Budhwar P. and Debrah Y. (eds.). Publisher: Routledge, London]



Publications in Academic Journals

Ituma, Afam; Simpson, Ruth; Ovadje, Franca; Cornelius, Nelarine; Mordi, Chima (2011). Four 'domains' of career success: how managers in Nigeria evaluate career outcomes. International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol. 22 Issue 17, p3638-3660


Ovadje, F. & Anibaba, Y. (2010). "The adoption of Formal HRM Practices by Small Firms in Africa." Journal of Language, Technology and Entrepreneurship in Africa Vol. 2, Issue 2, p49-59


Ovadje, F. (2010). "Exploring Turnover among Middle Managers in a Non-Western Context." International Journal of Business Research, Vol. 10, Issue 2, p64-80


Ovadje, F. & Muogboh, O. (2009). "Exploring the Motivation to stay and to perform among Managers in Nigeria." International Journal of Business Research, Vol. 9, Issue 3, p27-38


Ovadje, F. (2005). Book Review: Building the Team by Chantal Epie. Ife Psychologia, Vol. 13, Issue 1, p237-241


Ovadje F. (2003). "Access to Credit: A Study of the Perception of Nigerian Women Entrepreneurs." LBS Management Review, 8(1).


Ovadje, F. (2002). "How CEOs get in the way of Change and what they can do about it." LBS Management Review, 7(1).


Ovadje, F. (2001). "Identifying Business Opportunities." LBS Management Review, 6(2).


Ovadje, F (1998) "Motivation: Getting People to do their Best." LBS Management Review Jan – June 1998





Case Studies

  • Ovadje, F. (2013). Stopping to Smell the Roses (A) and (B)
  • Ovadje, F. (2013). Tade Oyinlola
  • Ovadje, F. & Utomi, P. (2012). Dora Akunyili at NAFDAC: The Challenge of Changing a Government Agency
  • Ovadje, F. & Ogbechie, R. (2012). GTBank: Doing it right and doing well
  • Ovadje, F. (2012).The Transformation of Equity Bank
  • Ovadje, F. (2012). Recruitment at Advantage Mortgage Ltd.
  • Ovadje, F. (2012). Seven Seas Technologies: An Entrepreneurial Journey
  • Ovadje, F. (2009).The Recruitment Challenge. HRM-03-09

·         Ovadje, F. (2007). CMC Connect: The Challenge of Realizing the Vision. Lagos Business School, OB-C-07-1-01

·         Ovadje, F. (2006). Rewarding Employees at Data Ltd. Lagos Business School, OB-C-06-1-02

·         Ovadje, F. (2006). Ayolola Motors Ltd: The Challenge of Growth. Lagos Business School, OB-C-06-1-01

·         Ovadje, F. (2003). Edward Okoli Lagos Business School, OB-403-001

·         Ovadje, F. & Iwelunmor, E. (2003). Tega Ovie. Lagos Business School, OB-C-03-1-04

·         Ovadje, F. (1998). Managing Change at Cadbury Nigeria Plc



Technical Note

  • Ovadje, F. (2012). The Kenyan Banking Industry
  • Employee Organizational Commitment: A review of the Literature. Research Paper No. 303, IESE, University of Navarre, Spain



Presentations at Academic Conferences


Organizer and Conference Co-Convener: 1st Leadership Conference 6th to 8th November 2013 held at Lagos Business School.


Show me you trust me: Trust in the Boss-Subordinate Dyad. (Co-authored with Pablo Cardona). Paper presented at the inaugural conference of the African Academy of Management, San Antonio, Texas USA. August 11, 2011

Exploring Turnover among Middle Managers in a Non-Western Context. A paper presented at the IABE conference, Bangkok, Thailand, June 4 – 6, 2010

An Exploratory Study of Conceptualization of Career Success among managers in the non-Western context of Nigeria. Paper presented at the BAM 2009 conference, Brighton, UK. [Coauthored with Ituma, A., Mordi, C., Cornelius, N. and Mwiti, F.]


Keynote Address on: "Honesty and Competitiveness". Paper presented at the 6th Annual Ethics Conference, Strathmore University, Nairobi Kenya. 29 – 30 October 2009


The impact of National and Individual level Culture on Implicit Leadership Theories:  evidence from two sub-Saharan African countries.  Paper presented at the Leadership and Management studies in sub-Sahara Africa 2008 conference. Accra Ghana. [Coauthored with Moses Acquaah and Kevin B. Lowe]


"The adoption of HRM Practices by SMEs and its impact on Firm Performance" Paper presented at the International Academy of African Business & Development, Ganesville, Florida, May 2008


"Research and Practical Relevance: An African Business School Perspective". Paper presented at the Eastern Academy of Management International Conference, Amsterdam, June 2007


"Middle Managers: why they leave and what motivates their Performance" [Co-authored with Obinna Muogboh]. Paper presented at the European Academy of Management (EURAM) conference, Paris, May 2007


"Toward a Comprehensive Model of Change Management" Paper presented at the Academy of Management, Atlanta, August 2006


"Exploring Turnover and its Causes among Middle Managers in Nigeria." Presented at the IAABD Conference, Tanzania in April 2005


 "Managing Corporate Transformations: Some Lessons from the Nigerian Banking Industry" [Co-authored with Chantal Epie & Pat Utomi] Paper Presented at the British Academy of Management Conference, September 1998




Presentations at Professional Conferences include:


Talent, the Environment & Productivity. Paper presented at the 1st Talent Management Conference. Lagos Business School, September 2010


The Human Resource Manager & Corporate Strategy. Paper presented at the 2010 Conference of the Personnel Practitioners


Euromoney Nigeria Finance & Investment Conference. 29 - 30 September 2009. Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos Nigeria

Panel Discussant: Human Capital: Exploring the opportunities for a knowledge economy

The Challenges of Human Capital in High Growth Banking. Banking Conference, Lagos Business School. 2007


2007 Faculty Day Lecture & Symposium. National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. Topic: Professionalism – Building an enduring Organization.


Panel Presentation at the Roundtable of HR Professionals Africa. Oceanview, Lagos, 22nd October 2007


Keynote Speaker at the 1st HR Technology Conference. Civic Centre, Lagos. July 12 2007


"Developing Tomorrow's Leaders: from Starter to Competent Performer". Paper presented at the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management Conference, Abuja September 2006