Challenges of strategy implementation in private security firms operating in Nairobi
Successful strategy implementation is considered crucial in attainment of strategic objectives of any particular firm. Implementation of strategic plans is the greatest challenge in strategic management process. It is more challenging than strategic planning since successful strategy planning process does not always guarantee successful attainment of the firms’ objectives. This study particularly sought to establish the challenges faced by private security firms operating in Nairobi in implementation of their strategic plans and also to establish methods adopted to deal with the challenges. The research has been carried out as a cross sectional survey of the private security firms that are registered with the KSIA and have operations in Nairobi. The literature review covers the empirical and theoretical literature related to strategic plan implementation and also highlights key factors to successful strategy implementation and challenges encountered in strategy implementation. Data was collected using semi structured questionnaires administered using emails and analyzed using inductive approach. Tables, charts and graphs were used to present the data. Study findings revealed that the firms in the security industry face almost common challenges in implementation of their strategic plans which include leadership, resource allocation, organizational structure and culture, strategy communication and involvement and participation. There was also a close similarity in the solutions the respondents proposed to tackle these challenges. This study also proposes recommendations to overcome these challenges which include proper leadership and management, enhancing communication of the strategic plan and milestones achieved and creating staff motivation and gives a suggestion for further research.
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