Influence of Human Resource Processes on the Performance of Selected Manufacturing SMEs in Nairobi City County, Kenya
Kering, Victor K.
Kilika, James M.
Njuguna, Jane W.
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Manufacturing firms in Sub-Saharan Africa are not optimally managed which substantially lowers their productivity. The informal approach to human resource management is attributable to poor management practices with a consequent effect on performance. Due to these challenges, this study sought to examine the effect of human resource processes on the performance of manufacturing SMEs in Nairobi City County, Kenya. The study was explanatory and was based on 136 manufacturing SMEs which was drawn using proportionate stratified sampling. Data collection was achieved through the use of a self–administered questionnaire which was subjected to an inter-consistency test using the Cronbach's coefficient, α ≥ 0.70, which indicated that the research instrument was reliable. Descriptive and inferential statistics (at 0.05 significance levels) was used for the analysis of data. Diagnostic tests were conducted before regression analysis with the data was presented in tabular format. The results show that human resource processes cumulatively explain 23% of the variations in firm performance, therefore, the study concludes that the human resource processes have a positive influence on firm performance. The study recommends that manufacturing firms should seek to entrench an HR philosophy with commensurate improvements in the HR practises. The study limitations include a relatively small sample and geographical scope