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Influence of Information and Communication Technology on performance of Aviation industry-a case of Kenya Airways Ltd

Author: Irungu, Irene Waruguru

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MA

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: Kenya Airways/Airline industry/Business conditions/Financial performance/Information technology/Communications networks ;

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The aim of this study is to ascertain the influence of information and communication technology on the performance of the aviation industry in Kenya with the case of Kenya Airways -Kenya office. Specifically the study seeks; to study the influence of communication networks on the performance of an airline, to establish the influence of mobile phone technology on the performance of an airline, to investigate the influence of handheld devices and iPads on the performance of an airline and to study the influence of Internet applications on the performance of an airline. The study will adopt a descriptive survey design. The population will comprise all Kenya Airways staff in Nairobi office. A sample of 244 employees will be randomly selected for the study. Purposive sampling will be used to select Nairobi office as the study site. The study will rely on data collected through a questionnaire structured to meet the objectives of the study. The questions will be both open ended and closed ended. The process of data analysis will involve data clean up and explanation. Responses in the questionnaires will be tabulated, coded and processed by use of a computer Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) version 17.0 programme to analyze the data. The responses from the open-ended questions will be listed to obtain proportions appropriately. The study is significant as it would provide the management of the airline, in this case Kenya Airways, information that they can leverage on to improve on the performance of the airline. It will also add to the knowledge required to assist policy makers and regulatory bodies make decisions that would change the way operations are carried out. The study findings showed that information and communication technology which includes communication networks, mobile phone technology, handheld devices such as iPads and Internet and computer applications influence the performance of the aviation to a large extent by assisting to improve on faster passenger handling and increased revenue generated from improved access to information. The recommendations show that the company should align itself to using lCT at a strategic level and to these strategies are cascaded to all levels of the hierarchy.

Maximizing innovation potential of mid-sized companies in Kenya

Author: Gitonga, Kenneth M.

Awarding University: United States International University-Africa, Kenya

Level : MBA

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: United States International University-Africa Library ;

Subject Terms: Innovations ; Product development ; Manufacturers ; Business conditions ;

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Factors that hinder small holder dairy farmers in Kiambu East District from adding value to raw milk

Author: Gathara, Joyce Njoki

Awarding University: United States International University-Africa, Kenya

Level : MBA

Year: 2012

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Subject Terms: Dairy industry ; Farmers ; Kiambu East District ; Value added ; Milk ; Business conditions ;

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An investigation of multinational marketing strategies and the survival of pharmaceutical companies in Kenya

Author: Thome, Lucy

Awarding University: United States International University-Africa, Kenya

Level : MBA

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: United States International University-Africa Library ;

Subject Terms: Multinational corporations/Market strategy/Pharmaceutical industry/Business conditions ;

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The Impact of reward systems on the achievement of business strategy : a case of Kenya Tea Development Agency

Author: Wangai, Catherine W.

Awarding University: United States International University-Africa, Kenya

Level : MBA

Year: 2012

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Subject Terms: Rewards/Employee morale/Strategic management/Tea trade/Business conditions/Kenya Tea Development Agency ;

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Price stability of supply chain inputs in fast food industry

Author: Wambugu, Angela Muthoni

Awarding University: United States International University-Africa, Kenya

Level : MBA

Year: 2012

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Subject Terms: Price stabilization/Supply chains/Fast food industry/Business conditions ;

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The Viability of low end markets in the alcohol industry : a case of East African Breweries Limited (EABL)

Author: Thiong'o, Effie N.

Awarding University: United States International University-Africa, Kenya

Level : MBA

Year: 2012

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Subject Terms: Low income groups/Maet potential/Liquor/Breweries/Business conditions/East African Breweries Limited ;

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Determinants of growth of manufacturing SMEs in Kenya : a case study of Industrial Area in Nairobi

Author: Ruirie, George Mungah

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MBA

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: Manufacturers/Small business/Business conditions/Industrial Area, Nairobi, Kenya ;

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This research aims to give an overview of determinants SMES growth in Kenya. The analysis covers a period of five yearsfrom 2006 to 2011. A range of approaches and results are discussed within a unified framework; regression analysis was used to analyses the factors. To comparatively examine the individual impact of ten 'key factors' influencing business failure within the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Kenya; A survey instrument testing ten key variables was developed and data was generated by conducting a census in industrial area. Forty nine questionnaires were administered to manufacturing SMEs in industrial area to fill. The results showed that interest rates, dollar rate, fuel Cost, business skills and political instability were the major factors found to influence SMEs growth into large business enterprises. This study adopteda census of a small area due to the short time frame for conducting the study. The results of this study reveal that finance cost, manufacturing cost factors and political stability are responsible for SMEs failures in the Kenya hence more effort needs to be focused in these areas. This study attempted to fill the gap in comparative studies on factors influencing manufacturing SMEs failure in Kenya

Response strategies adopted by commercial banks in Kenya to changes in economic environment

Author: Thuranira, Consolata

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MBA

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: Strategic management/Commercial banks/Banking industry/Business conditions/Economic trends ;

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The objective of this study was to identify which response strategies commercial banks in Kenya have adopted due to changes in the economic environment. Dynamic environment changes impact on organizations goals and objectives. This makes it difficult for an organization to remain viable. To be able therefore to stay ahead of competition, it's imperative for organizations to continually scan the environment. This enables the organization to adjust their strategic responses to accommodate the demands of the environment. The appropriate response strategies will guarantee a competitive edge. For the last 10 years Kenya's economy has experienced tremendous changes and they have impacted a lot in all industries in the country. The nature of competition for example has changed. The banking industry has not been spared either. This research project was a survey on all commercial banks. In an effort to meet these objectives the primary data was collected. Primary data was obtained through a questionnaire administered to managers have been involved or responsible for developing strategy. Secondary data was obtained from existing bank publications and annual reports. The study found out that Kenya commercial banks have been able to respond to the changes in their environment through Retrenchment strategies which involved cutting operating costs and divestment of non-core assets. They have also responded to the environment by use of investment strategies which contrast with retrenchment and as such firms perceive these changes as opportunities to invest, innovate and expand into new markets in order to achieve or extend a competitive advantage also noted is the use of Ambidextrous strategies where organizations combine incremental change with discontinuous change, or the exploitation of existing resources to improve efficiency, with exploration of new sources of competitive advantage and innovation. The researcher recommends that in order to stay ahead of competition banks should continuously scan the environment aggressively and also speed up implementation of its strategies.

Factors influencing competitive advantage of firms in the Micro Finance industry in Kenya

Author: Wambugu, Annah Wanjiku

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MBA

Year: 2012

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: Competitive advantage/Microfinance institutions/Business conditions ;

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Competition is a universal social process that exists in all types of societies either civilized or uncivilized. This may in form of service or goods offered to their customers. Competitive advantage is a superiority that gives an organization an edge over its rivals and an ability to generate greater value for the firm and its shareholders. It occurs when an organization acquires or develops an attribute or combination of attributes that allows it to outperform its competitors. This study set out to address two objectives which were to establish the types of competitive advantages enjoyed by firms in the micro finance industry and to determine factors influencing the competitive advantage of firms in the micro finance industry. To achieve this objective the study made use primary data only collected through questionnaires sent to 37 Micro Finance companies. The study recommended that it is important for the Mfis to evaluate to what extent it uses the competitive advantages to compete with others in the industry. The study suggested that a further research is necessary on the implementation of competitive advantages strategies since this research only considered the extent it is used by MFls and the factors influencing it. The study concluded that that Marketing strategy, networks effects ,strong research and development capabilities, Cost leadership and redefining customer value were used by many MFls as competitive strategies. It was also concluded that being a low cost provider,use of technology, support structures. Risk, Service offered,quality,location,an embedded customer base and innovation have atleast more than moderate influence in the competetitive advantage.