Relationship between human resource information systems and staff development among international non-governmental organizations in Nairobi, Kenya
International Non-Governmental Organizations are considerably increasing in number in gathering, storing and analyzing information regarding their human resources through the use of Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS) software or other types of software which include HRIS functionality. The objective of the study was to establish the relationship between human resource information systems and staff development among International Non-Governmental Organizations in Nairobi. The study used a descriptive cross-sectional survey form of research design. The population of the study consisted of 40 International Non-Governmental Organizations operating in Nairobi under the health sector. A census survey was done targeting all 40 International Non-Governmental Organizations. The researcher collected primary data by use of a structured questionnaire which had both closed ended and open ended questions. The questionnaire was administered through a drop and pick later method at an agreed time with the researcher. The respondents were the Human Resource Manager in charge of the individual International Non-Governmental Organization. The data was cleaned, coded and entries made into the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS Version 20). The data was analyzed through descriptive statistics such as measure of central tendency to generate relevant percentages, frequency, mean. The study revealed that majority of the International NonGovernmental Organizations have implemented HRIS in their human resource management function with a main focus on staff development. It was also clear that most INGO’s focus on staff development and take it as a priority to enhance its competitive advantage. It was recommended that INGO’s in Kenya should enhance use of HRIS systems as it revealed a great relationship with staff development. Limitation of the study was that it relied on one person the human resource manager in each organization to respond to the questionnaire, so the results are only indicative and not conclusive. It was suggested that further studies should be conducted to investigate the factors affecting the implementation of the Human Resource Information Systems on staff development in the International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGO’s).