An investigation of the effects of top management team characteristics on the performance of municipal councils in Kenya (a survey of municipal councils in Nyeri county)
Kinyua, Patrick G.
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The purpose of this study was to analyze the effects of top management team characteristics on the performance of municipal councils. The target population was 50 top and middle level managers at the Municipal ·Councils in Nyeri County. The researcher gave a background of the study, its purpose, objectives and the research questions. The researcher also recognized the work done by other researchers through reference to their literature, reference to recent studies or publications on the effects of top management team characteristics, justification of the study, conceptual framework and operational framework. Finally, the methodology that was used in carrying out the research was outlined. A descriptive cross sectional survey was carried out to establish the effects of top management team characteristics on the performance of municipal councils. 50 members of the municipal councils top management team were interviewed using a structured questionnaire. The means of data collection, analysis and presentation was also highlighted. Additional data was retrieved from files and reports in custody of the council. The study found that 68% of the respondents in the study were male with the women making up only 32% of the study population. All the respondents' agreed that the size of the top management team mattered and the major reason given for this was the influence of the level of interpersonal relations. The experience of the top level management was found to have influence on the performance of organizations especially with regards to the functional field. The researcher concluded that the country still has a long way to go with regards to achieving gender equality. The researcher also concluded that more and more people were embracing education. Among others the researcher recommended that more research should be carried out to determine what between small and big size management teams produce the best results