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EFFECT OF PENSION SCHEMES ON EMPLOYEE RETENTION IN PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES IN KENYA

Pension schemes are a social security maintenance plan for workers after their disengagement as employees through retirement. Kenyan universities have put in place various forms of employee pension schemes which are intended to attract and retain the most qualified staff. In the previous year’s many Kenyan universities have been facing an increased staff turnover regardless of the pension schemes provided to the staff. Employee pension schemes have therefore been a major problem leading to declining rate of employees’ retention in many Kenyan universities. The general objective of the study was to establish the effect of pension schemes on job retention in public universities in Kenya. The study specifically aimed to; find out the effect of job security on job retention in public universities in Kenya; examine the effect of employees’ wellbeing on job retention in public universities in Kenya; assess the effect of employees’ relations on job retention in public universities in Kenya and determine the effect of employees’ job satisfaction on job retention in public universities in Kenya. The research study assumed a descriptive research design and the target population was a total of 9395 employees in two universities within Nairobi. The study applied simple random sampling technique to select 383 respondents as the sample size for the study. Questionnaires were used as the main data collection instruments and a pilot study was conducted to pretest questionnaires for consistency. Descriptive statistics and multiple regression analysis was used to analyze the collected data and the results were presented on tables, figures and graphs. This contributed towards making the summary of findings, conclusion and recommendations of the study. The study resolved that there is a significant effect of pension schemes on employee retention in public universities in Kenya. The study recommended that University Managements in Kenya need to improve on the management of pension schemes in order to enhance employee retention.


RAHAB ITUMBI MATHULA

 

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INFLUENCE OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES ON EMPLOYEE RETENTION IN SELECTED STATE CORPORATIONS IN KENYA

INFLUENCE OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES ON EMPLOYEE RETENTION IN SELECTED STATE CORPORATIONS IN KENYA

Kinoti Agostino Kiogora - Author

Dr. Kepha Ombui - Co-author

 


ABSTRACT

Employee retention is becoming a real challenge in today’s work environment as employers begin to realize the value of people that make up the organization. It has been noted that lack of effective SHRM practices leads to increased rate employee turnover in many organizations. Many Kenyan state corporations have been characterized with high employee turnover rates. Recent surveys show that over 75% of state corporations experience low level of employees’ retention and face high staff turnover rates. Despite the fact that the Kenyan government has made efforts towards achievements of various development goals, the rate of employee retention in many state corporations has remained low for the past ten years. Notwithstanding the significant influence of Human Resource Management strategies on employee retention in organizations, most studies on SHRM and employee retention that have been undertaken in public and private organization and are not linked with employee retention in state corporations. The general objective of the study was to establish the influence of strategic human resource management practices on employee retention in selected state corporations in Kenya. The study specifically aimed to; assess the influence of employee recruitment strategy on employee retention in state corporations in Kenya; determine the influence of employee compensation strategy on employee retention in state corporations in Kenya; assess the influence of employee training strategy on employee retention in state corporations in Kenya and to establish the influence of employee relations strategy on employee retention in state corporations in Kenya.


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DETERMINANTS OF EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT IN PHARMACEUTICAL FIRMS IN KENYA: A CASE OF TRANSWIDE PHARMACEUTICALS LIMITED

DETERMINANTS OF EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT IN PHARMACEUTICAL FIRMS IN KENYA: A CASE OF TRANSWIDE PHARMACEUTICALS LIMITED

Catherine Wanjiru Kariithi - Author

Dr. Kepha Ombui - Co-author

 


ABSTRACT

Employee engagement is the key focus of both business entrepreneurs and academic researchers and is a blistering issue of modern business environment. A critical role of any organization is to provide an environment that boosts the potential of individual employees. Employee engagement plays a significant role towards achievement of an organizations’ competitive advantage and is a powerful factor to measure a company’s vigor and orientation towards superior performance. In Kenya, the level of employee engagement in many organizations continues to be a major challenge leading to declined employees’ productivity and overall organization performance. In the pharmaceutical sector, over 65% of pharmaceutical firms in Kenya have not managed to achieve their performance targets in the last five years and this can partially be attributed to declined levels of employee engagement. The purpose of the study was to establish the determinants of employee engagement in pharmaceutical firms in Kenya, a case of Transwide Pharmaceuticals. The objectives of the study were to establish how job characteristics, rewards, organizational support and organizational justice determine employee engagement in pharmaceutical firms in Kenya. The study adopted a descriptive design to explain the interaction between the determinant variables and employee engagement in pharmaceutical firms in Kenya. The study targeted employees of Transwide Pharmaceuticals Limited.


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FACTORS INFLUENCING THE DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL PERFORMANCE OF KENYA WINE AGENCIES LIMITED PRODUCTS WITHIN SUPERMARKETS

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The wine industry in the world market has been experiencing a period of a substantial growth and change. Marketing channels of wines are develop and operate in complex environment that is continually changing as they are influenced by macro environmental forces or variables such as consumer buying behavior, economic, political and legal factors, technological changes, international macro influences and channel member preferences. These changes have posed a competitive threat to KWAL in Kenya and contributed to loss in its market share to competitors. This study therefore aimed at surveying factors influencing the distribution channel performance of KWAL with a view to building the distributor/customer relationship and attaining the competitive advantage. The study was guided by two objectives those are; to assess the distribution channel performance in the wine industry and to determine the factors influencing the distribution channels performance in the wine industry, among the supermarket outlets inKenya. It was designed to capture data on the performance of KWAL distribution channels. The survey research was found appropriate as it required the collection of quantifiable information from the sample. Since it was a survey research, both the structured and self administered questionnaires were used to collect the data. The responses from the questionnaires were checked for the completeness and the Statistical Package for social sciences was used to analyze the results of the questionnaire. The study also concludes that factors significantly affecting KWAL distribution channels are economic, poor public awareness and competition. Others were like Managerial challenges, legal, technological and social–cultural issues. From the findings and recommendations, the study recommends that factors that greatly affect performance of distribution channels of KWAL products in supermarket outlet were economic factors and poor public awareness. The study also recommends that KWAL Company should segment its market to easily influence the performance of its distribution channel in supermarkets in Kenya. The study also recommends allocation of more resources and improving publicawareness.


Dr. Angela Mwikali Nyalita (Phd)

University of Nairobi,

School of Business, Department of Entrepreneurship

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AN ASSESSMENT ON THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AFFECTING THE PERFORMANCE OF HEALTHCARE STAFF IN KENYA: A CASE OF PUBLIC HOSPITALS IN NAIROBI, KENYA

AN ASSESSMENT ON THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AFFECTING THE PERFORMANCE OF HEALTHCARE STAFF IN KENYA: A CASE OF PUBLIC HOSPITALS IN NAIROBI, KENYA

Author:

Dr. Judith Emboyi Bwonya

Doctor Of Philosophy In Management And Leadership, Management University Of Africa

Co-Authors:

Prof. Martin Ogutu

Lecturer, University of Nairobi

Dr. Washington Okeyo

Lecturer, Management University of Africa


ABSTRACT

The practice of managing people has undergone tremendous changes over the past few years.  Previously, the duties of human resources management normally centered on staffing activities such as hiring, keeping and organizing other personnel practices.  However, today organizations can no longer afford to look at people as a commodity to be exploited to exhaustion and then discarded. The purpose of this study was to examine the extent to which human resource practices are utilized in public hospitals with a case study on selected hospitals. This study provides a preliminary view of the extent to which human resource practices have been adopted within the health care sector. Descriptive survey design will be adopted in the study. The target population for this study was 8 health projects in Public Hospitals within Nairobi County, from where 168 respondents involved in implementation of health projects were selected. Stratified random sampling was used to select a sample size of 84 respondents. Questionnaire was used to collect data. Quantitative data collected was analyzed by the use of descriptive statistics using SPSS (Version 22) and presented through percentages, means, standard deviations frequencies and in prose-form. Multiple regression analysis was used to establish the relations between the independent and dependent variables. The study can conclude HRM are very important in improving performance in organizations. Human resource management practices such as employee satisfaction, training and skills development programs, internal promotion and incentive pay enhance performance of workers. From the findings, there is a need to increase individual reward packages for employees who demonstrate good performance. Use of intimidating approaches such creation of impression that workers are dispensable do not increase their output. Further research should be carried out on the factors that influence effectiveness of human resource management in hospitals; challenges met by managers when implementing strategic human resource practices and how hospital re engineer their human resource management practices in order to adapt to changes in their work environment.


 

 

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AN ASSESSMENT OF THE STRATEGIC OPTIONS THAT CAN ENHANCE THE GROWTH OF ISLAMIC BANKING IN KENYA

AN ASSESSMENT OF THE STRATEGIC OPTIONS THAT CAN ENHANCE THE GROWTH OF ISLAMIC BANKING IN KENYA

Wolasa, Tego - Author

Galm Guyo Rogicha - Co-author

 


ABSTRACT

Islamic banking is a form of banking which complies with the principles of Islamic law (Sharia). Sharia prohibits receipt and payment of Riba (usury) on loans. In addition, investing in businesses dealing in goods and services which are prohibited in Islam is prohibited. Shariah also calls for prohibition of Gharar (excessive uncertainty). Shariah encourages the use of asset backed instruments in financing and the application of profit and loss sharing model in financial transactions. This research assessed the strategic options that can enhance the growth of Islamic banking in Kenya. It differentiated Islamic and conventional banking and evaluated strategies currently in use by Islamic banks in and outside Kenya and the extent to which the strategies have succeeded. The research paper guided by the following research questions; - What are the factors which determine customer’s choice of Islamic banking Kenya? What are the strategies being employed by Islamic banks in and outside Kenya? To what extent are the strategies working in Kenya? What strategies should banks in Kenya employ in order enhance growth of Islamic Banking? The research design for study is a descriptive approach focusing on five banks in Kenya. These are; First Community Bank, Gulf African Bank, KCB Bank Kenya Ltd, Chase Bank and Barclays Bank of Kenya Ltd.


 

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FACTORS INFLUENCING KENYAN TELECOMMUNICATION OPERATOR LOYALTY TO INTERNATIONAL SUPPLIERS OF WIRELESS EQUIPMENT

FACTORS INFLUENCING KENYAN  TELECOMMUNICATION OPERATOR LOYALTY TO INTERNATIONAL SUPPLIERS OF WIRELESS EQUIPMENT

John Kipchumba Tanui Author

Dr. John Yabs - Co-Author

 


ABSTRACT

The objective of the study was to identify the factors that influence wireless telecom operators’ loyalty and to identify the effect of switching barrier on customer loyalty in the telecommunications equipment supply industry. To satisfy the research objectives the author used a descriptive research design comprising a census survey of wireless telecommunication operators in Kenya. Primary data was collected using semi-structured questionnaires. The questionnaire was administered through telephone survey, face to face interviews, or through email depending on the interviewee. The target respondents were the wireless telecoms operator companies’ staff and managers. The data analysis was done using mean scores, percentages and standard deviations. Where appropriate, the study results are presented in pie charts and graphs. The results of the study showed that the leading factors of selecting a vendor are reliability of equipment, technical support and low cost.


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FACTORS INFLUENCING EFFECTIVENESS OF YOUTH FRIENDLY CENTRES IN KENYA: A CASE OF KISUMU COUNTY.

FACTORS INFLUENCING EFFECTIVENESS OF YOUTH FRIENDLY CENTRES IN KENYA: A CASE OF KISUMU COUNTY.

Jack Omondi Onyando - Author

Musa Oluoch - Co-author

Susan Njuguna - Co-author

 


ABSTRACT

Strengthening health service delivery as a building block to the health system is key to the attainment of the health-related Sustainable Development Goals, which include the delivery of effective interventions to reduce adolescent and youth mortality as well as the burden of HIV/AIDS. The Government of Kenya and its partners have over the years recommended certain standards through Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Policies and guidelines, with youth friendly centres continuing to be used as one model in providing reproductive health services to the youth. Despite these guidelines, the effectiveness of the centers has been acknowledged to depend on many factors which include institutional, service provider, policy and youths’perceptions. The study examined how those factors affected effectiveness of the centres in Kisumu County- one of the counties with some of the worst youth sexual and reproductive health indicators. The study used both quantitative and qualitative approaches to collect data and utilized survey research adapting descriptive cross sectional design and semi-structured questionnaire to interview 182 youth seeking services from 8 centers.


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HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY UTILIZATION IN PATIENT SAFETY PROMOTION BY HEALTH CARE WORKERS,MAMA LUCY HOSPITAL,NAIROBI CITY COUNTY KENYA.

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY UTILIZATION IN PATIENT SAFETY PROMOTION BY HEALTH CARE WORKERS,MAMA LUCY HOSPITAL,NAIROBI CITY COUNTY KENYA.

Esther Kathini - Ministry of Health, Author

Dr. Andre Yitambe - Department of Health management And Informatics, Schools of Public Health, Kenyatta University,Author

Dr. George Ochieng Otieno 

 


ABSTRACT

 

Patient safety remains despite interventions through regulatory measures and policy changes. Seven (7%) percent of all hospitalizations in Kenya report some form of negligence, privacy or confidentiality concerns. This study sought to establish the role of Health Information Technology (HIT) in promoting Patient safety at Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital, Nairobi County Kenya. Specifically, it determined the role of HIT in promoting Patient Safety, and described organizational, technological and individual factors influencing HIT’s role in promoting patient safety. The study was conducted in the framework of a descriptive cross sectional design. The sample size used was 147 consisting of both medical and paramedical staff respondents derived using Fisher’s sample size calculation formula. 


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THE EFFECTS OF ORGANIZED CRIMINAL GANGS ON THE LIVELIHOODS OF THE URBAN RESIDENTS: A CASE STUDY OF GAZA GANG IN KAYOLE ESTATE, NAIROBI

THE EFFECTS OF ORGANIZED CRIMINAL GANGS ON THE LIVELIHOODS OF THE URBAN RESIDENTS: A CASE STUDY OF GAZA GANG IN KAYOLE ESTATE, NAIROBI

Alex Muia Mutuku - University of NairobiAuthor

Dr. Mutsotso Beneah -  University of Nairobi, Department of sociology and Social Work, Co-Author

 


ABSTRACT

The main purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of organized criminal gangs on everyday lives of residents of Kayole estate. The specific objective of this study were; to establish the motivating factors that compel youth to join the criminal gang, to determine the effects of the organized criminal gang on the everyday lives the residents of Kayole estate, to find out how the gang recruits and maintain its membership and to establish the avenues through which the gang generate money to finance its activities.The research design used in this study was descriptive survey method, This design involved triangulation where by the qualitative and quantitative data collected was checked for validity by observing the shortcomings and success of each method. The target population was adult family members (both male and female). They consisted of victims both affected directly and indirectly. Other respondents were business people, government officers and civil society. The quantitative and qualitative techniques were used to analyse the data. The study findings showed that there were fear of criminal gangs by Kayole residents, residents and business people. Business people closed their businesses earlier than usual and there were some places where residents avoid security officers were also overwhelmed to deal with the gangs due to few number of police officers in the area. The study also revealed that many people know the gang members and that most of them are young educated secondary school leavers. Collusion between police and gang members exists in Kayole. In addition, many other gangs exist besides Gaza.


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EFFECTIVENESS OF FRAUD INVESTIGATOR’S AT THE BANKING FRAUD INVESTIGATION UNIT, CENTRAL BANK OF KENYA.

EFFECTIVENESS OF FRAUD INVESTIGATOR’S AT THE BANKING FRAUD INVESTIGATION UNIT, CENTRAL BANK OF KENYA.

Jillo Huqa Qonde - University of NairobiAuthor

Dr. Muchael Chepkonga -  University of Nairo, Department of sociology and Social Work, Co-Author

 


ABSTRACT

Many institutions are faced with fraud challenges. The impact of fraud has led to downfall of several organizations, legal tussles and loss of confidence in organizations. The executive involvements in fraudulent activities has greatly impacted on the reputation of many organizations globally. The study findings may in a small way act as a whistleblower to the increasing cases of banking frauds in financial institutions like banking sector and other government departments. The study may also generate policy input for Central Bank of Kenya, other associated financial institutions like banking sector, Kenya Bankers Association and micro finance institutions as well as country’s economy at large. The purpose of this research was to explore effectiveness of fraud investigators at the investigation unit of banking fraud at the Central Bank of Kenya. The objectives of the study were: To establish legal constraints that inhibit fraud investigations in the banking sector, to assess how customer confidentiality hinders successful fraud investigations in the banking sector, to identify the technological limitations that hinders successful fraud investigations in the banking sector and to identify mitigation strategies and actions that may be applied by investigators to deter banking fraud. The study used descriptive research design and the data collection instrument was mainly from primary sources through interviews and questionnaire which was administered by the researcher..


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THE EFFECTS OF ORGANIZED CRIMINAL GANGS ON THE LIVELIHOODS OF THE URBAN RESIDENTS: A CASE STUDY OF GAZA GANG IN KAYOLE ESTATE, NAIROBI

THE EFFECTS OF ORGANIZED CRIMINAL GANGS ON THE LIVELIHOODS OF THE URBAN RESIDENTS: A CASE STUDY OF GAZA GANG IN KAYOLE ESTATE, NAIROBI

Alex Muia Mutuku - University of NairobiAuthor

 


ABSTRACT

The main purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of organized criminal gangs on everyday lives of residents of Kayole estate. The specific objective of this study were; to establish the motivating factors that compel youth to join the criminal gang, to determine the effects of the organized criminal gang on the everyday lives the residents of Kayole estate, to find out how the gang recruits and maintain its membership and to establish the avenues through which the gang generate money to finance its activities.The research design used in this study was descriptive survey method, This design involved triangulation where by the qualitative and quantitative data collected was checked for validity by observing the shortcomings and success of each method. The target population was adult family members (both male and female). They consisted of victims both affected directly and indirectly. Other respondents were business people, government officers and civil society. The quantitative and qualitative techniques were used to analyse the data. The study findings showed that there were fear of criminal gangs by Kayole residents, residents and business people. Business people closed their businesses earlier than usual and there were some places where residents avoid security officers were also overwhelmed to deal with the gangs due to few number of police officers in the area. The study also revealed that many people know the gang members and that most of them are young educated secondary school leavers. Collusion between police and gang members exists in Kayole.


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  • INFLUENCE OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES ON EMPLOYEE RETENTION IN SELECTED STATE CORPORATIONS IN KENYA

    Employee retention is becoming a real challenge in today’s work environment as employers begin to realize the value of people that make up the organization. It has been noted that lack of effective SHRM practices leads to increased rate employee turnover in many organizations. Many Kenyan state corporations have been characterized with high employee turnover rates. Recent surveys show that over 75% of state corporations experience low level of employees’ retention and face high staff turnover rates. Despite the fact that the Kenyan government has made efforts towards achievements of various development goals, the rate of employee retention in many state corporations has remained low for the past ten years. Notwithstanding the significant influence of Human Resource Management strategies on employee retention in organizations, most studies on SHRM and employee retention that have been undertaken in public and private organization and are not linked with employee retention in state corporations. The general objective of the study was to establish the influence of strategic human resource management practices on employee retention in selected state corporations in Kenya. The study specifically aimed to; assess the influence of employee recruitment strategy on employee retention in state corporations in Kenya; determine the influence of employee compensation strategy on employee retention in state corporations in Kenya; assess the influence of employee training strategy on employee retention in state corporations in Kenya and to establish the influence of employee relations strategy on employee retention in state corporations in Kenya. The study adopted a descriptive research design and the target population was a total of 372 human resource and development staff working in the selected state corporations with headquarters offices in Nairobi. The study applied a stratified random sampling technique to select 124 respondents as the sample size for the study. Questionnaires were used as the main data collection instruments and a pilot study was conducted to pretest questionnaires for reliability. Descriptive statistics and multiple regression analysis will be used to analyze the gathered data and the results were presented on tables, figures and graphs. The study findings showed that employee recruitment strategy; employee compensation strategy; employee training strategy and employee relations strategy influence employee retention in State Corporations in Kenya. The study concluded that recruitment strategy is the major human resource strategy that influences most employee retention in state corporations with a coefficient of 0.389, followed by compensation strategy with a coefficient of 0.185, then employee relations strategy with a coefficient of 0.128 and lastly training strategy with a coefficient of 0.123. The study recommended for application of recruitment strategy that emphasizes on higher and right academic qualifications, hiring of management trainees and use of head hunting to recruit the most experienced and skilled staff. The management of state corporations should formulate and implement effective employee compensation strategy through regular review employee salary structures, provision of good benefits and implementation of effective merit pay methods. The management of state corporations should adopt effective employee training strategy by regularly conducting on-the-job training; offthe-job training and leadership development training. The management of state corporations should adopt effective employee relations strategy through application of effective communication channels, use of effective conflict resolution methods, encouraging team building activities and providing better working conditions. 


    Author: Kinoti Agostino Kiogora  

    Co- Author:Dr. Kepha Ombui 

     

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