Robai Mildred Nandikove

Masters of Business Administration (MBA)

Name Reg. No Title Supervisors
Robai Mildred Nandikove MHR/G/003/13 Moderating effect of organizationalsize on the relationship between Human Resource Management Practices and Employee Performance in sugar industry in Kenya
  1. Dr. Kennedy Ntabo Otiso
  2. Dr.Egessa Robert

ABSTRACT

The success of an organization lies in the commitment of the individual human resource towards the attainment of a common goal. Organizations consider human capital significant in establishing and maintaining a competitive advantage. Studies in the sugar industry in Kenya have indicated low employee performance due to various reasons among them poor Human Resource Management (HRM) practices and consequently decline in employee productivity. Owing to the foregoing facts and insufficient empirical research in this field of moderating effects of organizational size on the relationship between HRM practices and employee performance prompted the necessity of this study. The purpose of this study will be to establish the moderating effect of organizational size on the relationship between HRM practices and employee performance in sugar industry in Kenya. The objectives of this study will be: to determine the effect of training practices on employee performance in sugar industries in Kenya, to assess the effect of reward practices on employee performance in sugar industries in Kenya, to determine the effect of disciplinary procedures on employee performance in sugar industries in Kenya, to examine the moderating effect of organization size on the relationship between training practices and employee performance in sugar industries in Kenya, to assess the moderating effect of organization size on the relationship between reward practices and employee performance in sugar industries in Kenya, to determine the moderating effect of organization size on the relationship between disciplinary procedures practices and employee performance in sugar industries in Kenya. This study will be carried out in selected sugar industries in western region of Kenya. It will target work performance of subordinate staff of Mumias Sugar Company and Nzoia Sugar Company. This study will be guided by Resource– Based Theory as propagated by Werner Felt in 1984. Descriptive survey research design will be appropriate for this study since it will help in collecting information on research variables. Data will be collected by use of Questionnaire and interview schedules. Prior to the main study, a pilot study will be carried out to ascertain the validity and reliability of the research instruments. Employees will be stratified into managers and subordinate employees. Managers will be treated as key informants in this study. Data will be analysed by both descriptive and inferential statistics. These will –square include and regression Pearson’s correlation, chi-square and regression tests. This study will be of significant benefit to sugar firms, academia community and the government ministries in general. The study will enable the sugar industry to pinpoint specific training programs that have significant positive influence on performance of their employees. The government ministries, on the other hand, may use the findings of this study to initiate reward programs that will improve employee performance. The ministries will benefit through integration of HRM practices in their business operations hence facilitate enhanced output at factory level.


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