IJRDO - Journal of Business Management (ISSN: 2455-6661) 2019-09-13T04:23:02+00:00 Naeem Akhtar Open Journal Systems <p>The <strong>scopes</strong> of the journal include, but are not limited to, the following fields: Accounting, Advertising Management, Business &amp; Economics, Business Ethics, Business Intelligence, Business Law, Business Performance Management, Business Statistics, Change Management, Communications Management, Comparative Economic Systems,&nbsp; Corporate Finance and Governance,&nbsp; Development Planning and Policy, Organizational Communication, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles, Product Management, Production and Organizations, Production/Operations Management,Time Management, Total Quality Management, Travel/Transportation/Tourism, Welfare Economics<br><span style="font-size: 1.5em;"><strong> <span style="color: #fcbd0f; text-shadow: #666666 0px 0px 3px;">Current Impact Factor: 2.785</span></strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Internship program and Students’ skills: A Case of Business Students from the Faculty of Business and development studies, Bishop Stuart University. 2019-09-11T12:00:28+00:00 Namanya Betrum Tamson Nuwagaba Milton Nuwabimpa <p>Since 1990’s, internship program has gained popularity as an effective approach to enhance student’s employability and career development. In the world of academia, internship is seen as a period in which the students get the hands-on experience, and skills as well as providing a room for students to get what to do after their courses. As a result, internship has become a culture in most of the post- secondary institutions. The study therefore intended to establish the effectiveness of internship program in improving students’ skills using a case of business students in the faculty of business and development studies, Bishop Stuart University-Mbarara. The study was limited to establishing the contribution of internship program in improving hands-on experience and skills development among students, the main challenges hindering the effectiveness of the internship</p> <p>Program in achieving its objectives as well as the main areas of improvement towards effective internship exercise. The study used a sample size of 136 respondents. Data was analyzed both quantitatively and qualitatively. The study findings revealed that internship exercise has played a significant role in enhancing students’ social skills than student’s hands on experience. These social skills include; Interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, networking skills, identifying potential employers, public communication skills. Students’ hands on experience/skills especially accounting and computer skills were not improved due to inadequate computers against many interns and limited attention given to the interns. The study further found out that there are mediating factors that hinders internship program to achieve its objectives; these included Work environment, organizational culture, students’ attitude and the expertise of the supervisor. The study revealed a number of challenges hindering the effectiveness of the internship exercise. The study recommends that there a need to make a memorandum of understanding between academic institutions and the training agencies so that students can be able to train from relevant departments. The study recognized a need for the government support towards internship programs especially through providing adequate computers to the training agencies.</p> 2019-09-11T11:21:47+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 IJRDO - Journal of Business Management (ISSN: 2455-6661) CHALLENGES FACING STRATEGIC IMPLEMENTATION OF COUNTY INTERGRATED DEVELOPMENT PLANS AMONG COUNTY GOVERNMENTS IN KENYA: A CASE OF BARINGO COUNTY 2019-09-11T12:00:30+00:00 KIBOR SAMMY KIPKOECH <p>Successful strategy implementation depends on working with and through others, building and strengthening competitive capabilities, motivating and rewarding people in a strategy supportive manner and instilling the discipline of getting things done. The county government came up with a five year term strategic plan called County integrated development plans (CIDPs). The development of CIDP is in congruent with Kenya’s vision 2030, which is the country’s development blueprint. The study’s overall objective was to assess the challenges encountered in the strategic implementation of CIDP in Baringo County; determine the influence of internal conflicts on the strategic implementation of CIDPs; find out how stakeholder involvement influences the strategic implementation of CIDP, to establish the influence of resource allocation on strategic implementation of CIDP and to determine how political situation influences the strategic implementation of CIDPs in Baringo County. Two theories of strategic implementation namely the Chandler’s Strategy-Structure Proposition and The McKinsey’s 7s Model were reviewed to form the theoretical framework of the study. The study adopted the descriptive research design. The target population was 10 CECs, 45 MCAs, 15 Chief Officers and 18 Heads of Departments. The table recommended by Kathuri and Pals was used to select 73 respondents. Stratified random sampling was applied to select 8 CECs, 37 MCAs, 12 Chief Officers and 15 Heads of Departments to constitute the sample size of the study. Primary data was collected via questionnaires. The researcher consulted the supervisors who helped refine the research instrument and to ensure the instrument was valid. A pilot study was conducted to ensure that the instrument was reliable. Descriptive and inferential statistics were employed in data analysis. The study revealed that stakeholder involvement, resource allocation, internal conflicts and political situation accounted for 64.48% of the total variance in strategic implementation of the CIDP. Hence, the study concluded that 27.4% of strategic implementation of the CIDP in the county government of Baringo was explained by internal conflicts, 30.3% by stakeholder involvement, 21.5% by resource allocation and 20.1% by political situation. Therefore, the highest influence was explained by stakeholder involvement, followed by internal conflicts, resource allocation and finally political situation. The study recommended timely management intervention on challenges critically affecting implementation of the strategic implementation of CIDP. The management teams should also be empowered to provide quick response to emerging issues that challenge the implementation of the CIDP. This study would help counties to strategically implement their respective CIDPs after ascertaining the kind of challenges which face the implementation process.</p> 2019-09-11T11:27:32+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 IJRDO - Journal of Business Management (ISSN: 2455-6661) ORGANIZATIONAL FACTORS INFLUENCING THE GROWTH OF YOUTH OWNED ENTERPRISES AS MODERATED BY GOVERNMENT POLICIES IN KABARNET TOWN, BARINGO COUNTY 2019-09-11T12:00:34+00:00 Gabriel Kipruto Cherop <p>Youth enterprise is the application of entrepreneurial skills, innovation and creativity into the world of business. In Kenya many youth enterprises continue facing many challenges due to ineffective promotion mechanisms. The purpose of the study was to establish the organizational factors influencing growth of YOEs (YOEs) in Baringo County. The objectives of the study were to explore the influence of financial support on the growth of YOEs; determine the influence of entrepreneurship training on the growth of YOEs; determine the influence of information communication technology on the growth of YOEs and to establish the influence of government policies on the growth of YOEs in Baringo County. The study was guided by two theories namely the resource based theory and the human capital theory. The study employed the descriptive research design. The study population comprised of 270 YOEs operators in Kabarnet town, Baringo County. Stratified random sampling was applied in selecting the sample size. A sample size of 73 respondents was determined using Yamane’s formula. Primary data was collected using questionnaire. Quantitative data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and inferential statistics based on the study’s objectives. Frequency tables, figures and charts were used to represent the results and the study findings. Based on the study findings, the study concludes that there was a positive relationship between financial support and growth of YOEs in Kabarnet town. It is also concluded that entrepreneurial training such as business seminars and workshops influenced youth awareness on how to improve performance of their businesses; hence, there was a positive relationship between entrepreneurship training and the growth of YOEs. The study also concludes that the growth of YOEs depended on favourable policies such as taxation, patenting laws and licensing regulations on YOEs. It is also concluded that the internet connection helped many youth businesses to enhance their success. Hence, there was a positive relationship between information communication technology and growth of YOEs in Kabarnet town. Generally, the study concludes that financial support, entrepreneurship training, information communication technology and government policies accounted for the variance in the growth of YOEs in Kabarnet town. The study recommends that financial support programmes should be redesigned to overcome the weaknesses that hinder their accessibility by the youth. The government should also relax rules regarding business policies aimed at supporting youth businesses. Entrepreneurship training programmes should be rolled out mostly for the youths to equip the youth with skills to run their own enterprises.</p> 2019-09-11T11:31:33+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 IJRDO - Journal of Business Management (ISSN: 2455-6661) THE DETERMINANTS INFLUENCING FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE OF COMMERCIAL BANKS LISTED IN NAIROBI SECURITIES EXCHANGE 2019-09-11T12:07:29+00:00 YATICH JAMES ROTICH <p>The intermediation role of commercial banks is bound by the extent to which its key business performance drivers are manipulated to improve on financial performance and thus the study examined the determinants influencing financial performance of commercial banks listed in NSE. The study was supported by the following specific objectives: to establish the influence of volume of deposits on financial performance of commercial banks listed in Nairobi securities exchange, to determine the influence of capital adequacy on financial performance of commercial banks listed in NSE, to examine the influence of levels of liquidity of on financial performance of commercial banks listed in NSE and to investigate the effect of the volume of loans of on financial performance of commercial banks listed in NSE. The target population for the study was all the eleven commercial banks listed in NSE covering a period of twelve years from 2005 to 2017 and thus a survey design of the eleven commercial banks listed NSE was undertaken. Secondary data obtained from published financial statements from commercial banks and annual banking supervision reports from CBK was used in the study. The study used descriptive research design to investigate the relationships between variables by use of mean, standard deviation, maximum and minimum values. Also the study used correlation analysis to evaluate the association between the independent variables and the dependent variables. Furthermore, the study used multiple regression model to examine the strength of the relationship between the dependent and the independent variables. The finding of the study illustrated that the relationship between Deposits and ROA was positive and significant. Also the relationship between deposits and ROE was established to be positive and significant. The study found out that the relationship between capital adequacy and both ROA and ROE was insignificant. Also, the study findings revealed that the relationship between liquidity and both ROA and ROE was statistically insignificant. The findings of the study indicated that, the relationship between loans and ROA was positive and significant at 0.01 levels while the relationship between loans and ROE was also found to be positive and significant at 0.05 levels. The study concluded that management of commercial banks should institute sound policies aimed at attracting and retaining deposits besides growing of quality loan book so as to improve on financial performance. Furthermore the study concluded that commercial banks should strive to attain minimum statutory capital adequacy and liquidity requirements.</p> 2019-09-11T11:34:51+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 IJRDO - Journal of Business Management (ISSN: 2455-6661) A Study on Exploring the Concept of Social Entrepreneurship 2019-09-13T04:23:02+00:00 ANAND CHOUDHARY <p style="text-align: justify;">Social entrepreneurship in recent times has gained importance as a means to meet social and economic needs of the poor globally. However, in spite of it’s increasing popularity as a concept, there is no consensus among academics and practitioners when it comes to formulating one common definition on the topic which may be acceptable to all as it means different things to different people. The current article tries to analyse the literature available on the subject, exploring it’s theoretical and conceptual framework which helps to understand the phenomena of social entrepreneurship and its role, importance and applicability in the modern society.</p> 2019-09-13T04:21:05+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 IJRDO - Journal of Business Management (ISSN: 2455-6661)