Responses to challenges of strategy implementation at world vision Somalia
Although World Vision Somalia faces a number of strategy implementation challenges, it is not known which challenges and the response strategies the organization uses to cope with the situation. The objectives of this research were to determine the challenges encountered by World Vision Somalia in strategy implementation and to establish how World Vision Somalia has responded to these challenges. The study was modeled on a descriptive design. The population of interest in this study consisted middle and senior World Vision Somalia managers. A sample size of 35 managers was used in the study. This was believed to be representative of the population of the study. Primary data was collected using a semi-structured questionnaire. The questionnaires were administered by the researcher to both senior and middle managers. The questionnaire was divided into three parts. Part A contained questions on general information of respondents. Part B contained questions strategy implementation challenges and Part C contained questions how the organization has responded to these strategy implementation challenges. Out of 35 World Vision Somalia managers, 30 filled and returned the questionnaires. The respondents were in agreement that uncontrollable factors, communication, unsupportive staff, and failure of the formulation team to play a key role in the implementation process were the major challenges in strategy implementation. The findings also revealed that the management staff skills for successful strategy implementation and recruiting competent staff were some of the ways that the organization responded to the challenges. Other response strategies were; developing work plans to support strategy implementation and maintaining good accounting systems. It was concluded that the major strategy implementation challenges were; uncontrollable factors, communication, unsupportive staff, and failure of the formulation team to play a key role in the implementation process were the major challenges in strategy implementation. Again it was concluded that World Vision Somalia has coped with the challenges mainly through developing work plans to support strategy implementation and maintaining good accounting systems. It was recommended that World Vision ought to enhance capacity building especially for national staff to enable them handle implementation especially in the restricted areas. The major strategy implementation challenges such as inefficient communication, uncontrollable external factors information systems as well as unsupportive organizational culture should be addressed through the following ways; putting up a technical service department charged with the responsibility of ensuring periodic reviews through periodic SWOT analysis on designs and overall direction of the organization. Secondly, proper communication to staff on the strategy implementation policies should be done on a regular basis and lastly there is need to involve more staff in strategy implementation and lastly embrace new information technology in strategy implementation.