DRIVERS OF PERFORMANCE OF TEXTILE PROJECTS IN KENYA: A CASE OF RIVATEX EAST AFRICA LIMITED PROJECTS

Edna Cherono

Abstract


Textile projects play a significant role on basis of employment creation and heavy contribution towards Gross Domestic Production (GDP) in all nations, and especially developing nations. As vital as they are, textile projects have very low performance rate in Kenya and this has been experienced over the years since the introduction of structural adjustment programmes (SAPs) and liberalization of the market. Rivatex East Africa Limited (REAL) is among the leading textile manufacturer since being revived Eight years ago by Moi University. The general objective of the study was to establish drivers of performance of textile projects in Kenya. The target population was 215 employees of REAL. The study adopted a descriptive survey by use 140 respondents. A stratified sampling technique method was used and data was collected through the use of questionnaires. The secondary data was obtained from published documents such as journals, periodicals, magazines and reports to supplement the primary data. A pilot study was conducted to pretest the validity and reliability of instruments for data collection. The data was analyzed by use of quantitative method with the help of Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 21 and excel. The multiple regression analysis was used to establish the direction and strength of the relationship of the variables at 5% level of significance.Data collection was done using a questionnaire.  A reliability coefficient of 0.7 or higher is recommended and was used as the threshold for accepting reliability. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics using mean and standard deviation and inferential statistics such as Pearson correlation and regression analysis. The study variables were regressed at 5% level of significance to establish the strength and direction of their relationship. The analysis showed that managerial skills had the strongest positive (Pearson correlation coefficient =.843) influence on performance of textile projects. In addition, human resource capacity, access to finance and competitive environment are positively correlated to performance of textile projects with Pearson correlation coefficient of .587, .775 .690 and .606 with p-values of .029, 001, .005 and .010 respectively. Findings indicated that the variables positively and significantly influence the performance of textile projects. The study thus concludes that performance of textile projects is enhanced by management skills, access to finance, human resource capacity and competitive environment. It is therefore crucial for the management to be committed to performance of textile.  They should therefore invest on improving managerial skills of the top level staff. Organizations also need to seek for more funding for its projects.

Key Words: Performance, Textile Projects, Human Resource Capacity, Managerial Skills, Access to finance, Competitive Environment


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