Challenges of strategy implementation at indigenous information network organization in arid and semi-arid lands in Kenya
The ability of an organization to implement strategy successfully is important. While it is the desire of every organisation to keep abreast with changing times and demands in the environment, it is accepted that having strategic plans on paper and donor conferences is very different from the on-ground implementation exercise To identify the challenges of strategy implementation, a case study of Indigenous Information Network was conducted. The study aimed to answer two research questions: what were the challenges of strategy implementation and how the challenges could be overcome and it involved in-depth interviews with members of staff involved with the implementation of strategy. Interviews was done with the help of an interview guide and the data obtained from the study was analysed through a content analysis which was most suited for this kind of study and qualitative nature of data collected. The results from the study revealed that implementation variables could be challenges that undermine the implementation process. These variables were leadership factors, organisational structure, resources allocation and information systems. It was discovered that these variables can pose challenges to an organization strategy implementation or enhance success of the strategy implementation process. The study recommends that to overcome the challenges related to leadership, structure resources and information systems there is need for structural adjustments, strengthening of staff skills, leadership that motivates employees to commit to strategy implementation and enhancement of information systems at all levels. Limitations identified in the study are that the challenging factors found were examined separately based on their relationship to implementation. The study was also done in the It is important that this research is repeated with several organizations to form themes and patterns which can be analysed and generalised and to study how other lower management staff influence strategy implementation. The factors that pose challenge to strategy implementation and their relationship to each other within the implementation process, is an area that needs further research.