Influence of compensation strategies on project team performance in local government projects: a case study of Karatina Open Air Market Project
The research project was undertaken to determine the influence of compensation strategies on project team performance in local government projects in Kenya. This study was triggered by the fact that most local government projects in Kenya have received negative criticism, therefore this study aimed at addressing issues on employee compensation to determine whether such issues influenced performance of projects and thus the consequent criticism. The base of the research was Karatina Open Air market project. The objectives of the research project were to; Establish the influence of Salary package, Benefit payments and Management style on Project Team Performance in local government projects in Kenya. The researcher adopted a descriptive research design which aimed at collecting data and reporting things the way they are. The research was aimed at a target population of 170 employees working for the Karatina Open Air Market project, from which a sample of 85 was selected through a proportional stratified random sampling design. There were 3 distinct stratas which were defined by the three employee categories in the project, that is management/supervisors, permanent employees and casuals. Data was collected through self-administered questionnaires that were dropped and picked at a later date. The data collected was analyzed using SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences) software. Content analysis was used to analyze the qualitative data collected. The major findings of the study revealed that the Salary package, Benefit payments and Management style as compensation strategies all significantly influenced project team performance in local government projects. Visual presentations of the findings were made after the data collected was analyzed. The findings of the study will be vital in assisting policy makers and key stakeholders in local government authorities and organizations operating in a similar manner in evaluating and making decisions about compensation strategies to employ so as to positively influence performance in their various projects.