Utilization of human resource management information systems among small and medium manufacturing enterprises in Nairobi
The utilization of Human Resource Management Information Systems (HRMIS) promises to enable Human Resource (HR) departments deliver more service with fewer resources, save money, be more efficient, and automate to make time for strategic planning. While windows and client server technologies offer flexible, low-cost, generic HRMIS's for the small firms, little is known of the extent of their utilization among the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMB) in Kenya's manufacturing sector. To fill this gap a survey of the utilization of HRIS by 50 SME's operating within Nairobi and its environs was undertaken, from a population of 450 firms registered by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM). Results show that while the SMEs had HRMIS features capable of providing HR information for strategic use, their utilization was for automating personnel administration. The most reasons cited for the unsophisticated usage of HRMIS among manufacturing SMEs included lack of a HR strategy, size of the firms and lack of HRIS consultants. These results were drawn from manufacturing firms in Nairobi and its environs, and being an exploratory study, further work is required on the utilization of HRMIS among small manufacturing firms.