The Effectiveness of Integrated Financial Management Information System in Selected Government Ministries in Kenya: A Theoretical Review
Waweru, Simon Macharia
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The modern day challenge of organizations is to have in place information technology systems that can effectively service the needs of the organization, meet the rapid technological changes and be flexible to accommodate enhancements. The Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) is designed to improve systems for financial data recording, tracking and information management. This was in response to increasing demands for greater transparency and accountability in the management of the public’s finances. However, the management of public finance has continued to be dogged with corruption allegation, outright mismanagement, malpractices in the procurement processes, among others. This study seeks to determine the effectiveness of IFMIS in selected government ministries in Kenya. The objectives of the study are to determine the effect of IFMIS on the processing of accounting transactions, establish the extent to which IFMIS has enhanced the procurement process, assess the extent to which IFMIS has enhanced the production of financial records for preparation of annual accounts and to find out whether IFMIS has enhanced the budget processes in government ministries in Kenya. This study will rely on theoretical models that provide a foundation for the research topic. Specifically, this study rely on Technology Acceptance model, Theory of Budgeting and the Cost reduction theory. The study reviews empirical evidence from which conclusions are drawn.