Strategic management practices adopted by local authorities in Kenya: a case study of Thika, Ruiru, Kiambu and Mavoko Local authorities in Kenya
The purpose of this study was to establish the strategic management practices adopted and challenges of adopting the strategic management practices in Thika, Ruiru, Mavoko Municipal Councils and Kiambu County Council. The objectives were, to determine the strategic management practices adopted by these local authorities and to determine the challenges the local authorities faced in adopting strategic management practices. Primary and secondary data was collected. Primary data was collected by interviewing town clerks who some delegated to their deputies or to their administrative assistants. The secondary was collected in a form of already processed information that included strategic plans, performance contracts and other information from the studied council’s websites. The data collected was summarized and analyzed in a systematic way. Conclusions and recommendations were made for the studied local authorities. The findings were used to determine whether the studied local authorities in this case study practiced strategic management and whether there were any challenges encountered during the adoption of strategic management practices. The researcher recommended alignment of strategies with resource allocation, performance monitoring, evaluation and reward systems. The limitations of the study were related to the scope and time. The study considered views of town clerks, who are the chief executive officers of the councils. However, in some instances they delegated to their assistants. The researcher identified areas of further study such as in other councils that were not covered by the case study, similar studies can be conducted to establish strategic management practices and challenges they encounter. Other areas of further study are on performance monitoring and reward systems.