PhD Candidates September 2020

ANJELINE AKINYI OMONDI

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Human Resource Management)
Research Topic
Organizational sponsorship, career management behaviours, proactive personality and career success of managerial staff in large scale manufacturing firms in Kenya
Anjeline Akinyi Omondi
Bio

Dr. Anjeline Akinyi Omondi has spent a better part of her life using her personal and career experiences teaching and nurturing young people and providing them with the necessary academic support that has seen most of them acquire professional and academic success. As a professional teacher, Dr. Anjeline knows the value of education and has embraced it fully.

She received her education at the University of Nairobi earning a PhD and an MBA in Human Resource Management in 2020 and 2012 respectively. She also has a First Class Honours in Bachelor of Education (Linguistic and Literature) from the same university. Professionally, she is a Certified Human Resource practitioner (CHRP) and a member of the IHRM. She is an avid researcher and her works has been published in Journal of Human Resource Management, DBA African Management Review and European Journal of Scientific Research.

Dr. Anjeline hails from Siaya county. She pursued her primary education at Ninga Primary school from where she proceeded to ST. Pauls Sigomere Secondary School. She has 11 years of teaching experience in linguistic and literature at High school and 4 years of lecturing experience in HRM at the University of Nairobi. Dr. Anjeline is also a Human Resource Practitioner/ Coach, Corporate Trainer and Communication Expert.

Abstract

Abstract

The main aim of the study was to examine the role of career management behaviour and proactive personality in the relationship between organizational sponsorship and career success of the managerial staff of large manufacturing firms in Kenya. The study was based on three theories: LMX theory, social cognitive career theory and impression management theory. The study was guided by positivist research paradigm and descriptive cross-sectional research design. Primary data was collected from managerial staff from large scale manufacturing firms in Kenya. The study received a response rate of 79.6%. Data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Hypotheses were tested using linear regression model. The findings indicated that organizational sponsorship has a statistically significant influence on career success. Secondly, career management behaviour partially mediates the relationship between organizational sponsorship and career success. Thirdly, proactive personality moderates the relationship between organizational sponsorship and career success. Lastly, the joint effect of organizational sponsorship, career management behaviour and proactive personality was greater than the individual effect of each of the predictor variables. The study recommends that large manufacturing firms in Kenya should enhance their employees’ career success by providing them with sponsorship programmes. The findings also provide future researchers with a useful conceptual and methodological reference that can be used in the pursuit of further studies in different contexts other than manufacturing firms. Policy makers in Kenya may also benefit from these findings by advocating for and establishing clear guidelines for organizational sponsorship programmes that have an impact on employees’ career success.

Research Supervisors

Research Supervisors

Pof. Peter K’Obonyo

Dr. Florence Muindi

Dr. Stephen Odock

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Benedict Wandera Mkalama

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Research Topic
Entrepreneurial Orientation, Technological Capability, Environmental Dynamism and Firm Innovativeness in Manufacturing Small and Medium Enterprises in Nairobi City County, Kenya.
Benedict Wandera Mkalama
Bio

Ben Mkalama is a well-grounded professional with a unique blend of experience that ranges from academia, research and industry. He has over 25 years of working experience in senior leadership and management positions with international financial and local organisations in Africa. He is passionate about start-up entrepreneurship with varied interests across different sectors. His recent research interests have been in entrepreneurship and digital innovation with an emphasis on enterprise development.

Abstract

Abstract

The study sought to establish the factors that influence innovativeness within manufacturing Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Kenya. The general objective of the study was to establish, analyse and determine the effect of entrepreneurial orientation, technological capability and environmental dynamism on firm innovativeness within manufacturing SMEs in Nairobi County. A triangulated research design was adopted. Four hypotheses were formulated. A series of descriptive and inferential analyses were carried out on the primary data that was collected. The study also purposively identified and qualitatively studied four cases. Entrepreneurial orientation was established as having a significant effect on firm innovativeness. The study also confirmed that there was a moderating effect of environmental dynamism on the relationship between entrepreneurial orientation and firm innovativeness. The effect of technological capability on the relationship between entrepreneurial orientation and firm innovativeness was inconclusive. The study further confirmed that the joint relationship between entrepreneurial orientation, technological capability, and environmental dynamism had an effect on firm innovativeness. These findings were triangulated by the qualitative study. The study has made a contribution to theory, policy and management in relation to innovativeness in SMEs.

Research Supervisors

Research Supervisors

Prof Elijah Bitange Ndemo

Prof Jackson Kivui Maalu

Prof Ganesh P. Pokhariyal

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Daniel Mulinge Nthenge

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration
Research Topic
Marketing strategies, firm characteristics, Customer perception and performance of Food and Beverage processing Companies in Kenya
Daniel Mulinge Nthenge
Bio

Daniel Mulinge Nthenge, is a seasoned Lecture and currently the Director, Quality Assurance, Pan Africa Christian University. Much of his efforts over the years have been in Teaching and business. Prior to the current assignment he was a Lecturer with Green witch University collaborating with Oshwal College Nairobi. He has also been Teaching Limkokwing University which Collaborates with Graffins College in Nairobi. At the same time Daniel was full time Lecturer with Oshwal College and an active member of the Business Department. He has also taught Kakuswi High School, an extra-County School in Makueni County (2000-2002).

Daniel is a customer care trainer and consultant currently with Nzisa enterprises an entrepreneurial venture.

Daniel Mulinge has been actively involved in various Management and Leadership roles for he has been a Senate member in Pan Africa Christian University (2016- to-date) in charge of Quality assurance and  Students affairs coordinator at Oshwal College (2010-2012

Academically, he has qualified for the Award of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from the University of Nairobi specializing in marketing management. He earned his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA-Marketing) Degree in 2009 from the University of Nairobi having earned the first Degree from Egerton University. He has written on various topics related to Marketing management. Such topics include; Customer perception, firm characteristics, Marketing strategies; Marketing practices adopted by SME dealing with clothing and footwear, a case of Makueni district; Marketing of French beans in Kathiani division, Machakos County among others.

Abstract

Abstract

This study investigated the influence of marketing strategies, firm characteristics and customer perception on firm performance of Food and Beverage processing Companies in Kenya. The research objectives were to establish the relationship between marketing strategies and firm performance; determine whether firm characteristics moderate the relationship between marketing strategies and firm performance; assess whether customer perception intervenes in the relationship between marketing strategies and firm performance and to determine the joint effect of marketing strategies, firm characteristics and customer perception on firm performance. The study used descriptive cross sectional survey method. Two sets of groups were used as population for this study within the food and beverage subsector in Kenya. The   joint effects of Marketing strategies, Firm characteristics and Customer Perception on firm performance was found to be positive and statistically significant (R2= 0.138,F = 3.192,p < 0.05).  It was recommended for policy makers to push for legislations aimed at low interest rates for startup firms, reduced tax on essential processed commodities and subsidized inputs through Government interventions. The study recommends for support of these firms by offering marketing management skills and capabilities through leadership and management development by the management of the sector. This  study  has  made  significant contribution  to  marketing theory,  policy  and  practice  in  relation  to  marketing  in general  to the extent that it has made recommendations and offered suggestions on areas of future research.  It has offered more explicit clarification into the relationship between marketing strategies, firm characteristics, customer perception and firm performance.

Research Supervisors

Research Supervisors

Prof. F. Kibera

Dr. R. Musyoka

Prof. M.Kinoti

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EMMA ANN OTIENO

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Strategic Management Option)
Research Topic
Influence of Macro Environment and Top management demographics on the Relationship between Enterprise risk management and Performance of Kenyan State Owned Corporations
EMMA ANN OTIENO
Bio

Emma A Otieno currently serves as Manager of the Universal Service Fund, at the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) – the government regulatory agency responsible for ICTs and Postal development, a position she assumed in September 2019, having previously served in other capacities including, as Manager, Corporate Planning and Assistant Manager, Training & Organizational Development. Prior to her joining CA, she worked with Kenya Revenue Authority in the Human Resource function from the year 2002 to 2009, when she joined CA (then, the Communications Commission of Kenya).

Ms. Otieno has vast experience in the areas of human resource management, organizational performance management, enterprise risk management, quality management systems and strategic management. 

Academically, she has qualified for the Award of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, specializing in Strategic Management at the University of Nairobi. She also holds a Master’s degree in Business Management (MBA) specializing in Human Resources Management and a Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree, Communications option from the same University. Additionally, she possesses a National Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Institute of Human Resource Management, PRINCE2 Practitioner Certificate in Project Management and is a certified Quality Management Systems Senior Auditor.

 

Abstract

Abstract

This study was a conceptualization of the relationship between Enterprise risk management (ERM), Macro environment, Top management demographics (TMD) and organizational performance. The study context was Kenya state-owned corporations. The general objective of the study was to establish the relationship between Enterprise risk management, Top management demographics, macro environment and the performance of Kenya state-owned corporations. The study applied a cross sectional survey design and collected data from 92 state corporations. The study established that: 1) Enterprise risk management had a statistically significant influence on performance; 2) Top management demographics significantly moderated the relationship between Enterprise risk management and performance; 3) Macro environment had no significant moderating influence on the relationship; 4). Enterprise risk management, Top management demographics and macro environment jointly significantly influenced performance of the state corporations. The results supported upper echelons theory, contingency theory of enterprise risk management and stakeholder’s theory. The study makes significant contribution to knowledge by validating the propositions of the Contingency theory of Enterprise risk management in the public sector context. The study is valuable to policy makers in re-enforcing and adoption of Enterprise risk management in state corporations and to organizational leadership in integrating Enterprise risk management with organization-wide strategic management activities to improve performance.  The study recommended that the established relationship be tested in other contexts.

Research Supervisors

Research Supervisors

Prof. Martin Ogutu

Prof. Bitange Ndemo

Prof. Ganesh Pokhariyal

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Karingithi Martin Gakere

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration
Research Topic
Strategy Typology, Organizational Factors, External Environment and Performance of Freight Forwarding Companies in Kenya.
Karingithi Martin Gakere
Bio

Strong managerial background with senior level experience and cross sector exposure. Good strategic appreciation and vision, able to build and implement sophisticated plans with a proven track record explicitly supporting business needs. Self-driven and self-reliant, sets aim and targets and leads by example, collaborative approach with good interpersonal skills to engage, motivate and encourage others through change management. Highly focused with a consistent track record of successfully delivering full lifecycle implementations to tight time scales and within budget. Can network, maintain high levels of integrity within business and regulatory relationships developed.

Abstract

Abstract

Strategic management scholars have argued that firms in the same industry and companies that practice strategic management have varying performance outcome. There are claims that appropriate choice of strategy influences superior firm performance. For many years’ freight forwarding companies have been facing challenges mainly due to heavy competition, poor infrastructure and slow reforms in the customs regulations with some of these companies having performed well and others exhibiting low performance. This could be attributed to some companies having a better understanding of the various critical determinants of performance while other companies could be lacking knowledge that competition is the basis of success or failure of their businesses. The purpose of this study was to establish the effect of organizational factors and external environment on the relationship between strategy typology and performance of freight forwarding companies in Kenya. This research was based on the industrial organizational economic theory, resource-based theory and contingency theory.

Research Supervisors

Research Supervisors

Prof. Evans Aosa, PhD

Dr. Kennedy Ogollah, PhD

Prof. James Njihia, PhD

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KEYA, CHARLES THOMAS

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Accounting)
Research Topic
Governance, Internal Audit, Financial Reporting and Performance of National Government Constituencies Development Funds in Kenya
Charles Keya
Bio

Charles T. Keya has a wealth of several years' experience in teaching in secondary schools, TVET sector and university. He currently serves as Principal vocational and Technical Trainer (1) at Masai Technical Training Institute- a government technical institution whose overall objective is to produce a critical mass of well-trained human resources to implement programmes and projects identified in Kenya’s vision.  Academically, he has qualified for the award of the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration degree specializing in Accounting at the University of Nairobi. He also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) specializing in Accounting and a Bachelors of Education (Business Studies and Economics) from the same University. Finally, he holds a Diploma in Education  from Kisii University.

Abstract

Abstract

The study conceptualized a relationship between governance, internal audit, financial reporting and organizational performance. The performance of most National Government Constituencies Development Funds (NG-CDFs) has been poor and the role of internal audit and financial reporting in the relationship between governance and NG-CDFs performance has been lacking. A census survey was carried out on all the 290 NG-CDFs performance in Kenya. Data was collected using structured and unstructured questionnaire. The questionnaire was administered through a drop and pick method to all the 290 NG-CDFs out of which 185 filled and returned the questionnaires which presents a 66.07% response rate.  Secondary data was easily accessible from the National Treasury, Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, the Auditor General’s reports and NG-CDF website which was collected for the period 2014 to 2018. A positivistic research philosophy and a descriptive cross-sectional survey design were used. Simple, stepwise, hierarchical and multiples regression analysis were then used to test the hypotheses at 95 percent confidence level. The results of the study were established and compared to various theories anchoring the study and conceptual, contextual and empirical evidence. It was established that there is a statistically significant relationship between governance and NG-CDFs performance. The introduction of internal audit as an intervening variable has statistically significant effect on the relationship between governance and NG-CDFs performance. Financial reporting as a moderating variable also had a significant effect on the relationship between governance and NG-CDFs performance. Finally, the study established that there is statistically significant combined effect of governance, internal audit and financial reporting on NG-CDFs performance. The study benefits policy makers and managerial practise in both public and private sector. At policy level the unnecessary bureaucracy common in the governance of public sector needs to be looked at to reduce its negative relationship between governance and performance. Further, formulators of policy in the NG-CDF regarding governance, internal audit and financial reporting can benefit from the findings of this study. Managerial practitioners especially in NG-CDF may consider strengthening governance interaction and combination with the other variables of the study to enhance performance. The study also made contributions to knowledge in the use of DEA technique to measure performance in NG-CDFs. The study enhanced building of existing theory by confirming theoretical postulations of agency theory. The study can also be used in different contexts in order for researchers to draw different patterns showing the effect of governance on organisational performance outcome.  Additionally, future studies need to use similar variables in the other funds such as youth fund, women fund among others.

 

Research Supervisors

Research Supervisors

Prof. Josiah Aduda

Dr. Winnie Nyamute

Prof. Ganesh Pokhariyal

MUTE, GODFREY NGUNYI

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration
Research Topic
Principal’s Facial Expression, Personality, Interactive Justice, Organization Citizenship Behaviour And Performance Of Secondary Schools In Nairobi
Godfrey Ngunyi
Bio

Godfrey Ngunyi Mute, born in 1968 in Nyeri, Naromoru location. I schooled in Irigithathi Primary School, joined Meru Technical form one and two, transferred to Machakos Technical in form three and four to pursue Mechanical Engineering course. Joined High school to pursue form five and six in Chavakali High School and completed in Nanyuki Boys.  I joined Kenya Science Teachers college and later University of Nairobi where I completed my Degree Courses up to Doctor of philosophy in Business Administration, Specializing in Human Resource Management. I taught in Matongo High School In Nyamira County, Kamune High School in Murang’a County and later joined Kabete National poly Technic in both Business and applied Science Department at a level of Principal Trainer and later appointed the level of Deputy Head of Department in Business department, Chairman of the business trainers welfare association and secretary to the road safety committee. In the time of my career I have lectured as a part-time lecturer or invited lecturer in the University of Nairobi, Multimedia university and Kiriri women university.  I have presented international research paper on road safety in Netherland

(Hague) among others local presentation. Besides I have done four publication.

Abstract

Abstract

The research paper established effect of principal facial expression, personality, organization interactive justice and organization citizenship behavior on students’ enrolment and KCSE mean score in secondary schools in Nairobi. Research method involved positivist’s research philosophy, descriptive and cross section research design. A census sampling method was used. 55 secondary schools were considered and 278 teachers were used as the respondence. Linear simple, step by step and path regressions were used in the data analysis. The findings confirmed hypothesis (H1) that:  There is a significant relationship between principal’s facial expression and performance of secondary schools in Nairobi.The study concluded that, the joint effect of principal facial expression, organization interactive justice, principal’s personality and organization citizenship behaviour did not have a significant effect on school enrolment and KCSE mean score.  The study contributed to policy by indicating that the schools’ principals should be sensitive about their emotions, reflected on their facial expression. The study recommended that, Facial expression is an important nonverbal communication tool and should be used by education leaders to enhance secondary schools performance. Further study of facial expression was recommended to be done in other learning institution, organization where face to face interaction is used.

 

Research Supervisors

Research Supervisors
  • PROF. K’OBONYO:
  • PROF. MARTIN OGUTU:
  • PROF. JAMES NJIHIA

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Nalyanya, Charles Nyungu

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Entrepreneurship)
Research Topic
Interventions, Entrepreneurial Orientation, Macro Environment and Beneficiary Poverty Reduction by Faith Based Enterprises within slums of Nairobi City County, Kenya
Nalyanya, charles nyungu
Bio

Charles Nyungu Nalyanya has earned a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Business Administration (Entrepreneurship) University of Nairobi and currently serves as part-time lecturer at the Co-operative University of Kenya.  Charles has vast experience having worked in government with Co-operative sector and Small-scale enterprises which have enabled him build excellent interpersonal, communication skills, administrative, planning, financial management capabilities and professionalism. He has in-depth understanding of Kenya’s entrepreneurial sector having served as a public servant in various regions of the country. His strengths and passion include: Entrepreneurship, innovative solutions for managerial and leadership problems, adding products value, trainings, lecturing, development of programmes for Small scale enterprises and co-operatives for growth and wealth creation.  Charles has university level teaching experience lecturing at accredited Universities in various courses i.e. entrepreneurship, marketing, purchasing, microfinance, research methods, principles of management etc. and has published in peer reviewed journals. Charles also holds a Master of Business Administration (Entrepreneurship), Kenyatta University; Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) with a major in Entrepreneurship, Kenya Methodist University and Diploma in Co-operative Management, Co-operative University of Kenya.

 

Abstract

Abstract

This study focuses on Faith based entrepreneurship in beneficiary poverty reduction by Faith based enterprises (FBEs) within the slums of Nairobi. Due to need for solutions to social and economic challenges, FBEs come in many aspects to assist address the voids. Despite this course, there are divergent views on relationships with incomplete information to explain success or failure in delivery of social value. Hinged on these gaps, the study sought to establish the effect of entrepreneurial orientation, Macro environment on the relationship between interventions and beneficiary poverty reduction by FBEs.  The study was a census and data collected from 72 FBEs. The study uses the descriptive cross-sectional research design. The study establishes causes of poverty in the slums of Nairobi as alcohol abuse, HIV/Aids and unemployment. Beneficiaries live below World Bank poverty threshold of $1.90 per day. Interventions had a significant positive effect on beneficiary poverty reduction; entrepreneurial orientation had a mediation effect on the relationship between Interventions and Beneficiary poverty reduction.  Found no moderation effect of Macro environment on the relationships.  Entrepreneurial orientation, Macro environment and Interventions jointly applied are found to have greater outcome than the individual effect of the same variables.   Trainings, innovativeness, and networking were found to be main traits in the mobilization of resources. This adds value to social network theory as it explains why there are robust beneficiary poverty reduction activities in FBEs with resources and weak in those with less access to resources. The study suggests divergent views to human capital theory as it demonstrates that an enterprise can deliver in social value based on relationships, trust and doing things differently by those involved despite their illiteracies. Monitoring and evaluation is absent in most of the FBEs activities and need for practitioners to embed it in implementation plans.  Results provide evidence that FBEs are engines for change exploitation to development that impact positively on the society livelihoods. The study suggests the embedding of enterprise culture by FBEs for business approaches to create wealth.   Future research could adopt the grounded theory approach for in-depth diverse set of findings. 

 

Research Supervisors

Research Supervisors
  1. Prof. Bitange  Ndemo
  2. Dr. James M. Gathungu
  3. Prof. Ganesh P. Pokhariyal

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Peter Mbau Elias

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy in Finance
Research Topic
Fiscal Decentralization, Allocative Efficiency and Public Governance in the Performance of County Governments in Kenya
Peter Mbau

Wachinga Hillary Maina

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Business Administration
Research Topic
National Innovation System Factors, Incentives, Culture And Institutional Linkages In Kenyan ICT Innovation Firms
Wachinga Hillary
Bio

Hillary holds PhD (Strategic Information Systems), MBA (Information Systems) and BSc Computer Science from the University of Nairobi. He is a CPA - K and a member of good standing with ICPAK, IIA and ISACA. He is also a CISA, CISM, CRISC, CERM and CCA.

Hillary commenced his career as audit associate with Deloitte after his graduation in year 2005. He later moved to Sidian Bank as an audit manager from 2007 to 2010, Madison Insurance as the head of internal auditing from 2010 to 2012 and Kenya Reinsurance Corporation as the pioneer group head of risk & compliance from 2012 to  todate

He has deep understanding of risk management, auditing (both internal and external audits), information systems security and audits, BC/DRP, AML/CFT and corporate governance. Hillary has offered trainings related to these field to Media Council of Kenya, Technical University of Mombasa, LAPSSET Corridor, Lake Victoria South Water Services Board, Nuclear Power & Energy Agency and Kenya Re. He is an extrovert who likes sharing knowledge and is a former lecturer of Strathmore University where he taught degree courses in Business Information Systems, Financial Accounting and Management Accounting.  

Hillary was a key note speaker at ICPAK’s annual ERM seminar in 2019 with a topic on business continuity planning – a case for physical security. He was also a keynote speaker at SEAMLESS 2019 event with a topic on  use of artificial intelligence and data analytics in the insurance industry.

Abstract

Abstract

National Innovation System (NIS) is the set of institutions and their linkages that allow movement of information and technology among firms vital to national innovation. The study aimed at understanding NIS and competitiveness, both at sectoral and national levels. The study attempted to answer: what is the effect of innovation incentives and innovation culture on the relationship between NIS factors on institutional linkages of NIS in Kenyan ICT innovation firms. This study adopted cross-sectional survey design that targeted 112 Kenyan ICT innovation institutions via census resulting in 73 respondents. The study used semi-structured questionnaire and path analysis with multiple regression analysis. The study established positive influence of NIS factors on institutional linkages in NIS. Innovation incentives had moderating influence on relationship between NIS factors and institutional linkages in NIS. Innovation culture had intervening influence on relationship between NIS factors and institutional linkages in NIS. There exists joint effects of NIS factors, innovation incentives and innovation culture on institutional linkages in NIS. All effects on institutional linkages in NIS were significant. There was reverse causality among NIS factors and institutional linkages in NIS. Communication, investment in infrastructure and teamwork has to be focused to enhance innovation. Partnership with stakeholders should be encouraged. Focus has been put on practice than theory. The study used combined theory approach to ascertain joint effect of RBV, SNT and DIT theories on institutional linkages in NIS emphasizing need of pairing the theories as opposed to individual focus to better inform institutional linkages in NIS.

Research Supervisors

Research Supervisors

Professor Muranga Njihia

Professor. X. N Iraki

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