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Global positioning strategies adopted by Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya

Author: Onono, Alice Adhiambo

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MBA

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: Globalization ; Strategic planning ; Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya ; CPAs ;

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The onset of globalization has forced firms to rethink their strategies. Firms considering going global have been greatly affected considering the turbulence in the global business environment thereby the necessity to choose those strategies that will result in competitive advantage. Approaches adopted by various companies to enter and position themselves in the global business arena vary depending on the challenges posed by the global competition and factors internal to the firm itself. The global approach or strategy a firm chooses to position itself would define its competitive. strength hence enable it leverage itself on sustainability in the wake of globalization. Faced with the foregoing challenges, this research set out to look at the various global positioning strategies adopted by ICPAK to address the problems brought about cross country skills transfer, ever evolving member needs and to realize its vision to be a globally recognized accountancy Institute. The research design employed was descriptive in nature and collection of the data provided by an interview of a sample of fifteen senior and middle line managers at Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. Data analysis was done using content analysis through the identification of themes and patterns in the responses received to establish findings with key attention put on objectivity, reliability, validity, generalizability and explicability of the findings established. Based on the findings, the study concluded that ICPAK employs variousglobal positioning strategies ranging from establishing recognition agreements with other accountancy Institutes, representation in standard setting boards like IF ACB, affiliations with the regional umbrella body of accountants, and establishments of overseas branches. The study also found out that even though the strategies are varied, ICPAK has employed the signing of recognition agreements more often because of the leverage members have received with regards to recognition of their skills and capacity for professional practice in the global market. Additionally, the study found out that ICPAK assesses the appropriateness of the strategies during the monthly management meeting to get feedback that are again discussed at the quarterly committee meetings and recommendations done to the governing council for appropriate decision making. As a result of the assessment findings, the research recommends for the provision of to back members and also gettin their feedback on the appropriateness of the? global strategies adopted as they are directly affected and are privy to the challenges that such

Audit quality assurance : the case of Ngigi and Partners,Certified Public Accountants

Author: Mwaniki, Henry M

Awarding University: United States International University-Africa, Kenya

Level : MBA

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: United States International University-Africa Library ;

Subject Terms: Auditing ; Quality control ; Public accountants ; Accountants ; Business conditions ; Ngigi and Partners ;

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Factors influencing the performance of accounting staff in public secondary schools in Kenya : a case study of Nairobi Province

Author: Kimani, Samuel K. N.

Awarding University: Kenyatta University, Kenya

Level : MBA

Year: 2009

Holding Libraries: Kenyatta University Moi Library ;

Subject Terms: Accountants/Secondary schools/Performance appraisal/Nairobi Province ;

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the factors that influence performance of accounting staff in public secondary schools. The study was prompted by the fact that secondary school's accounting staff performs numerous tasks in schools, and yet no researcher had studied these important personnel in secondary schools. Most researchers have concentrated on principals and teachers. The broad objective of the study was to assess the factors that influence accounting staff performance in public secondary schools in Kenya. Specific objectives aimed at establishing the levels of education and training of the accounting staff, evaluating channels of communications, control measures and technology available. The study targeted all the forty-eight, (48) public secondary schools in Nairobi province. The study did not focus on private secondary schools since they have different management procedures from their public counterparts and this would have influenced their responses. The researcher used questionnaires to collect data since they are able to collect large amount of data from diverse regions and saves on time. The questionnaire was first piloted in two secondary schools to establish its validity and reliability. The schools used in the pilot study were excluded from the main study. The target population for the study was all the forty-eight, (48) public secondary schools in Nairobi province. Descriptive survey approach was used. The data was analyzed with the help of the statistical package for social sciences (SPSS) whereby descriptive statistics such as frequencies, and percentages were computed. The findings were presented using frequency distribution tables, pie charts, bar-graphs and percentages among others.

Prevalence of burnout syndrome and its health impact on accountants at the University of Nairobi

Author: Ng'ang'a, John G

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MSc

Year: 2008

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Medical Library ;

Subject Terms: Burnout ; Accountants ; University of Nairobi, Kenya ; Stress ;

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Introduction: Burnout has been consistently linked to physiological and affective outcomes as well as organizational consequences. The study sought to determine the existence of burnout and its probable health consequence son' low-emotional jobs' such as that of accountants. The concern for doing this study arose from the fact that the accountant has a delicate role to maintain a balance between the interest of the enterprise, stakeholders and self; with each group exerting their unique demands and pressure. General objective: the objective of the study was to determine the prevalence rate and factors associated with burnout syndrome among accountants at the University of Nairobi. Specific objectives: the specific objectives were to determine the prevalence of burnout among accountants and compare this across the various sections with in the Finance department and levels of accountants. Also to determine the relationship between burnout syndrome and accountants tenure of office, level of professional education and health. Design: This was a descriptive cross-sectional study . . Study settings The study was conducted in all the sections of the Finance Department within Main Campus, Colleges, Student Welfare Authority, University Health Services, and the University of Nairobi Entrepreneurial Services Ltd (UNES). Method: All the 173 accounting staff within the' department were requested to participate, however only 95 agreed, 31 declined, 6 delayed in returning their questionnaires while 41 could not be traced. The Maslach Burnout Inventory General survey the General Health Questionnaire were used. collected was entered and analysed using SPSS computer software version 11.5 by applying descriptive and inferential statistics Results: the prevalence rate for burnout was 100%; with 27.4% of respondents having low burnout and 72.6% having high burnout, consequently 18.9% of the respondents had varying levels of psychological distress as measured by GHQ-12. The risk factors included workload, role in the organisation, relationships at work, work location / section and the level of academic and professional education. Conclusion: burnout was established among accountants and the contributing job stressors were also identified as well as the consequent effect on the accountants' health. The study established that the syndrome had not been known to the study population before and how it was influencing their output at work and at their personal levels of functioning. Implications: It is hoped that the outcome of the study will increase the Accountants knowledge about, and understanding of stress. Further, the study will lead to the development of a stress health promotion model that will benefit members of staff at the University of Nairobi. Recommendations: that staff should be assed according to mutually agreed target between an employee and supervisor; the University should explore possibilities of flexible work arrangements in addition to hiring of part-time employees . Further longitudinal studies on burnout in a Kenyan organizational context would enable benchmark against local organizations and would provide useful information to managers.

Investment preferences by practicing accountants in Kenya

Author: Gachoka, Peter

Awarding University: United States International University-Africa, Kenya

Level : MBA

Year: 2007

Holding Libraries: ;

Subject Terms: Investments ; Preferences ; Accountants ;

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Investigation of the causes of unemployment among accountancy students : a case of Kenya College of Accountancy, Nairobi

Author: Kairo, David

Awarding University: Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya

Level : MSc

Year: 2007

Holding Libraries: Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Library ;

Subject Terms: Unemployment/Accountants/ ;

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The main objective of this study was to investigate the factors that hinder the employment of accounting in graduates from the Kenya College of Accountancy (KCA). Despite the number of CPA finalists being below 5000 currently, graduands have encountered various challenges in securing employment. KCA has over the last ten years been contributing between 10-30 percent of certified public accountant (CPA) finalist candidates annually according to the executive director, Oruoch (2006). This is a significant achievement bearing in mind that there are over 150 institutions offering CPA courses in the country according to Oruoch. Despite the number of Certified Public Accountant's (CPA) finalists increasing over time, graduates have encountered a myriad of challenges in securing employment. KCA has for over a decade been contributing a significant number of finalists of between 10-30% of CPA finalists according to the executive director's 2006 graduation speech. This study was conducted using a total number of seventy respondents. The selected individuals included: the alumni, continuing students, ICP AK staff members, KCA faculty and KCA management, using a respective sample. The main instruments ,used for data collection of the study were questionnaires and personal interviews. Having collected data which was largely primary, the data was entered using excel worksheets and then exported to Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) for more detailed and robust analysis. The information thereby obtained is presented in prose using percentages and in graphics using pie charts and bar graphs. The study found out there are many factors resulting to unemployment. These include, an irrelevant syllabus, the absence of mentorship, saturation in the market and lack of experience. The training of accountants performed a vital role for the economic development of the country. This practice resulted in the development of the highly required human capital and translated to an improved living standard in the country. Ensuing uncertainty, lower real wages, and lack of job security adversely affect the motives of civil servants, in some cases leading them to venture out to self- employment. The syllabus did not incorporate entrepreneurship skills and thus the inclination of graduates towards seeking employment rather than venturing into self- employment. This contributed highly to the high unemployment levels. A holistic view of all issues involved should be given to ensure that the industry operates effectively. The study recommended the following so as to assist in minimizing high levels of unemployment: Tertiary institutions should implement a formal mentorship programme. The purpose of this is to enable students to gain the highly required experience in their area of study. The various syllabi should undergo regular reviews so as to ensure that they comply with the dynamic environment. The absence of this would ensure that students are ill prepared for the job market. There is need to have more integrative approaches that incorporate the controllable factors at least to the extent of the immediate stakeholders. The government should implement policies towards the need by firms to offer industrial attachment to students; this would go a long way to provide hands-on experience to trainees and it would be a cheap source of labour despite the risks associated with the practise.

Lifestyle-related risk factors for non-communicable diseases among professionals in Nairobi

Author: Omar, A Omar

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MPH

Year: 2007

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Medical Library ;

Subject Terms: Health risk assessment ; Diet ; Smoking ; Alcohol use ; Exercise ; Accountants ; Attorneys ; Physicians ; Lifestyles ; Nairobi, Kenya ;

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In the developing world, infectious diseases remain a major cause of death. Over the past two decades, any advances against infectious diseases have been reversed by the rise of HIV -related disorders. Against this gloomy background, noncommunicable diseases are emerging as a major problem as well. In absolute numbers, many people died from Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the developing than in the developed world: 18.7 million versus 9.4 million. This study assessed NCDs risk factors among a sample of accountants, doctors and lawyers in Nairobi. The specific lifestyle-related risk factors assessed included: alcohol intake, smoking, level of physical activity, dietary intake and Body Mass Index. This was a descriptive cross- sectional study conducted between January and July 2003. Data was collected using the WHO stepwise approach to non'Communicable diseases surveillance of risk factors. Information on tobacco use, alcohol use, physical activity and dietary intake were assessed using a questionnaire. Physical measurements (height and weight) were taken to assess for presence or absence of overweight and obesity. Respondents were randomly selected from each of the three professions. A minimum of 340 respondents were required but 356 participants were recruited and interviewed. Each stratum had minimum number of respondents to allow for comparison to be done, Data was entered and analyzed using SPSS version 10.0. The results showed that all risk factors (except tobacco use) were higher in the study population than in the general population. The risk perception is low, despite the education level of the respondents. CONCLUSION: The study population is at a higher risk of Non-Communicable diseases than the general population. RECOMMENDATION: The Ministry of Health should develop NCD policy to guide prevention and control strategies. Further research should be conducted to establish extent and magnitude of NCD risk factors in the population.

A study on the performance of colleges preparing for CPA candidates.

Author: Gichobi, Patrick James

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MBA

Year: 1999

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: Accountants ;

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The role of the accountant in assisting the small business client in solving his financial problems : a survey of the Kenyan situation.

Author: Wamai, Wangai

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MBA

Year: 1982

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Lower Kabete Library ;

Subject Terms: Accountants/Small business/Management/ ;

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