Factors influencing timely completion of community initiated tea buying centres construction projects in Kisii County, Kenya
The aim of this study was to investigate the factors influencing the timely completion of community initiated tea buying centers construction projects in Kisii County. The success of any project is highly dependent on its completion time from start to delivery of results as this has a direct bearing on management decisions such as budgets, targets and standards. This study was guided by the following objectives: To ascertain the influence of community participation on the timely completion community initiated tea buying center construction projects in Kisii County; To assess how availability of funds affects the timely completion community initiated tea buying center construction projects in Kisii County; To establish the extent to which technical competence of the project manager impacts on the timely completion of community initiated tea buying center construction projects in Kisii County; and To assess the influence of regular supervision on the timely completion of community initiated tea buying center construction projects in Kisii County. This study adopted a descriptive survey. The target population for this study comprised of all the 76221 tea farmers from the 4 KTDA tea factories in Kisii County totaling 76221, the 219 employees and the 28 respective members of the factory boards. Stratified and Purposive random sampling techniques were used to arrive at the sample size of 132, in order to gather data required in this research. Data was collected using structured questionnaires. A Pilot test of the measures was conducted against prospective sample population in order to measure validity. Test retest method was used to measure the validity of the research instruments. Data was presented using tables to make them reader friendly. There were ethical issues related to the study and they were addressed by maintaining high level confidentiality of the information volunteered by the respondents. The study found out that community participation, availability of funds, project manager’s technical competence and routine supervision affected the timely completion of community initiated tea buying centers construction projects. The study therefore concluded that there is a great influence of community participation for the timely completion of CIPs. The study also established that the participation was weak in that as much as the community was involved in the efforts to increase resources, it they had little control over the said resources and how they were utilized. The study also concluded that the availability of funds influenced the timely completion of construction projects. It is also concluded from the study that there is a relationship between staff competency and timely completion of construction projects. Finally, the study also concluded that routine supervision plays also a vital role in ensuring projects completes in time and it is critical to set aside adequate financial and human resources at the planning stage. Major recommendations were that; community participation be boosted and utilized from project scope identification and planning; that project manager’s be equipped with relevant skills to better carry out their work, that planning for monitoring and evaluation be done at the project planning phase and finances be put aside for the same. Areas for further research work included a study on; establish other factors affecting timely completion of construction of community initiated tea buying centres and the generality to which that may apply to other community initiated construction projects given their roles as vehicles for poverty reduction and eventual eradication.