JOSEPH OMONDI OKETCH

JOMO KENYATTA UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY

THOMAS SENAJI, PhD, Pr.Eng

JOMO KENYATTA UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY

CITATION: Oketch O J,.& Senaji T, (PhD). (September, 2016). The relationship between strategy planning process and performance of ministry of agriculture - Kenya. International Journal of Economics and Finance (IJEF), volume II (IX), 352- 366. ISSN 2105 6008

Abstract

Public organizations often implement strategic planning to improve organizational performance. But this decision is based on an assumption made by practitioners and academics alike. There are fundamental changes that have taken place in the Kenya economic scene over the last few years such as the liberalization which has established free market and increased competition in the economic scene. Therefore, the essential question is whether or not strategic planning improves performance levels of ministries in Kenya. The objective of this study was to assess the relationship between strategic planning process and performance in Government ministries in Kenya with an emphasis on the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. The study took the form of a descriptive research survey which is considered appropriate because subjects are normally observed in their natural set up and the result are accurate and reliable. The target population for this study involved all the employees who are involved with strategic planning process at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries headquarters in Nairobi. Both primary and secondary data was collected for the purpose of this study and analysed using descriptive statistics. The collected data was analysed by use of SPSS software. Analysed data was presented inform of tables, pie charts and bar graphs. The study showed a high and positive correlation between strategic planning process and performance in the ministry. The study concluded that proper adoption of strategic planning process will improve all government agencies’ client satisfaction, reduced service delivery cost, staff moral and retain accountability. Government ministries in Kenya need to understand strategic planning and to be skilled in strategic thinking, strategic analysis and methods of strategy execution is a basic aspect that all managers should always take into consideration.

Keywords: Strategic planning, organizational performance and Government ministries.

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