Strategy Implementation and Performance of Projects in Kakamega County Government, Kenya
Oluteyo, Owotsi Dorcus
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Most public sector projects fail to meet expecations of the citizenry, funding agencies or even the government itself due to corruption, bureaucracy, poor monitoring and evaluation capacity, limited action on feedback and poor project design framework. Sometimes projects fail because they are badly conceptualized, planned designed, implemented and managed. At the centre of project success or failure is strategic management. If the strategy involved in the project cycle and decision making is wrong or weak then there will be no value for money spent on the projects. This research seeks to establish the influence of strategy implementation on performance of county government projects in Kenya. This study sought to establish the relationship between strategic implementation and performance of projects by theKakamega County Government, Kenya. The specific objectives of the study were to establish the effect of stakeholder involvement, funding, organizational culture and government policy on performance in County Government projects in Kenya. The study was anchored on the following three theories which includeresource-based view theory, Knowledge based view theory and the theory of strategic balancing.The study used a descriptive research design. The population of study was248 project managers of the 62 projects initiated and implemented by the County Government of Kakamega between 2013 and 2016. Stratified random sampling procedure was used to develop a sample of 73 respondents spread across the 10 ministries which represents 30% of the target population. The primary data was collected by use of self-administered semi-structured questionnaire. Data analysis was done by use of descriptive statistics such as frequencies, percentages, mean scores and standard deviation with the aid of SPSS and presented through tables, charts, graphs, frequencies and percentages.It was established that strategy implementation significantly and positively influence the performance of Kakamega County government projects. The study concluded that the county government projects faced funding challengs however funding had a positive effect on the performance of the projects. The study recommends that the county government needs to improve its funding on the projects its planning, formulating and implementing . The study recommends that there is need for imrpoed stakeholder awareness, participation and involvement at all stages of the project lifecycle.