Managerial Processes and Performance of Rural Electrification Projects in Kitui County, Kenya.
Mueni, Kathongo Stellah
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government invests in rural electrification projects to boost the country's socioeeconomic development and growth. However, despite the efforts put by the government, performance of the projects remains to be poor in terms of projects efficiency, effectiveness and satisfaction of the customer‟s needs. The study sought to establish the effect of managerial processes on performance of rural electrification project in Kitui County, Kenya. The specific objectives of the study were to determine the influence of monitoring and evaluation, risk management, stakeholder management and resource mobilization on the performance of rural electrification projects. In addition, the study sought to establish the moderating effect of regulatory framework and mediating effect of organization structure on relationship between managerial processes and performance of projects. The study was underpinned by resource based view theory and supported by stakeholder theory and management competency theory. The study was guided by positivism as a philosophical foundation. To achieve the study‟s objectives, descriptive and explanatory research design was used. The study target population was 125 rural electrification projects in Kitui County. The study targeted 75 respondents and census approach was used. Semi-structured questionnaires were used to collect quantitative and qualitative data. Quantitative data was analysed by the use of descriptive and inferential statistics while qualitative data by use of content analysis. The diagnostic tests undertaken by the study were multicollinearity, homoscedasticity, linearity and normality test. Multiple regression analysis established the effects of managerial processes on performance of RE projects. SPSS software was in analysis of quantitative data. The study findings showed that monitoring and evaluation, risk management, and resource mobilization had positive significant effect on the performance of projects while stakeholder management had insignificant effect on performance. Further, the study results indicated that regulatory framework and organization structure had moderating and partial mediating effects on the relationship between managerial processes and performance of the rural electrification projects. The study recommended that the government to get more organizations to help in implementing rural electrification projects, ensure compliance of polices and electricity regulation and finally ensure frequent review of policies to be in line with vision 2030. Further, the study recommended organization to get other independent bodies to conduct monitoring and evaluation of the projects.