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A SEMINAR PAPER ON EFFECTIVE PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT AT THE COUNTIES: A CASE OF KISII COUNTY, WRITTEN IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF A PHD DEGREE AT THE GREAT LAKE UNIVERSITY OF KISUMU (GLUK)

 

 

Written by: Omweno James Ombasa

PhD/J-05/15

 


CITATION: Ombasa, O., J. (2016). A Seminar Paper On Effective Performance Management at The Counties: A Case of Kisii County, Written in Partial Fulfillment of A Phd Degree At The Great Lake University Of Kisumu (GLUK). International Journal of Arts and Entrepreneurship pp. 22 – 40.

 

ABSTRACT:


Devolution is a multi-dimensional concept of governance that organizes governance and manages state power along various lines. It defines, dispenses and limits the use of state power along several ranks by merging both horizontal and vertical scopes. Performance management just like other forms of management entails a systematic approach to organizational management which encompasses sets of activities executed to achieve specific goals. In Kenya, the principles of devolved system of Government in the Constitution are many but the most compelling one is provision of quality services to the citizens, which the counties will only realize through an effective performance management system. There are 48 devolved governments, which include the National Government and the 47 County Governments. Kisii County is one of them. This paper investigates the factors affecting effective performance management at the counties a case of Kisii County. The objectives of the study are to establish effects of organizational structure in effective performance management, effects of human resource management in effective performance management and effects of availability of funds in effective performance management at the county. Considering the nature of the study the researcher employed a desk analysis design to analyze and draw conclusions. Secondary data was used to find information which included management journals, newspapers, books, magazines, government press release or circulars, articles and internet sources. The reliability and validity of the data was ensured by picking information from authorized publishers and authoritative websites containing recent publications on devolution and performance management from 2005 upto 2016. It was manifest that a sound organizational structure, proper human resource management, and adequate financial resources are significant for the effective performance management at the counties. A sound Organizational structure is important in performance management because it determines the relationship and reporting structure in the organization, the operational procedures, and the interaction between the organization and the other stakeholders in the society. Proper human resource management is critical because all other factors of production require effective application by the human resources to be able to deliver desired results. Adequate financial resource is inevitable for effective performance management because it facilitates the implementation of development projects, payment of salaries/wages of employees, and the execution of functions of the county government. In conclusion, organizational structure, human resource management, and financial resources are at the heart of effective performance management by counties in Kenya. Therefore, it is incumbent upon county governments to ensure that all these three core elements necessary for the effective and efficient provision of quality and better services to the citizens are put in place.

 

Key Word: Governance, Devolution, Organizational structure, Human Resource Management, Revenue Allocation

 

 

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