Influence of management practices on organizational performance : A case of compassion international in Imenti North District, Meru county
There is growing realization that knowledge sharing is critical to performance achievement. To ensure that knowledge is shared among the employees of an organization, various management practices are applied. However the impact of the management practices enhancing knowledge sharing on organizational performance has not yet been established in Compassion International. This study sought to examine the relationship between management practices and organizational performance in Compassion International. The purpose of the study was to establish the influence of management practices on organizational performance, a case of Compassion International in Imenti North District, Meru County. The study used descriptive research design. The target population for this study was the project staff, part time staff and church partnership committee of the nine projects in Imenti North with the target population being 145. Cluster sampling and random sampling enabled the researcher to sample 88 of the 145 respondents. This study used both primary and secondary data. Primary data was collected by use of three sets of questionnaires, with each category of respondents having its questionnaire. Descriptive statistics was used for data analysis. The study found job design, teamwork, participatory decision making and organizational communication to have a positive relationship to organizational performance in Compassion International. The practices were found to complement each other with the teamwork being the core management practice. Overall, job design had the least effect on the organizational performance in Compassion International, followed by participatory decision, then team work while organizational communication had the least effect to the organizational performance in Compassion International. The study conclude that the success of Compassion International could be attributed to the careful selection of the management practices which enabled the transfer of knowledge enhancing learning and the alignment of the strategies to meet the organizational goal.