Strategic Choice, Organisational Learning, TMT Characteristics and Performance of Accredited Universities in Kenya.
Editors: 

Angeline Mukokho Ayuya

ABSTRACT

This study is a conceptualization of Strategic Choice, Organizational Learning (OL), Top Management Team (TMT) Characteristics and Performance of Accredited Universities in Kenya.   Some researchers argue that there is a positive influence of strategic choice on organizational performance.  Others argue that Top Management Team demographic characteristics have a positive influence on organizational performance while others contend that there is a negative influence of these observable variables of Top Management Teams on organizational performance.  Some studies imply that Organizational learning is the only source of dynamic capability that influences performance while others contend that there are very few studies in this area.  This study will be done in the context of accredited universities in Kenya with organizational learning intervening and TMT characteristics moderating on the relationship between strategic choice and performance.  The general objective is to establish the joint relationship of organizational learning and TMT characteristics and performance of accredited universities in Kenya.  From this broad objective  four specific objectives have been formulated to establish the influence of strategic choice on performance of accredited universities in Kenya; determine theinfluence of the TMT characteristics on the relationship between strategic choice and performance of accredited universities in Kenya; establish the influence of organizational learning on the relationship between strategic choice and performance of accredited universities in Kenya and to establish the joint effect of organizational learning and TMT characteristics on the relationship between strategic choice and performance of accredited universities in Kenya. An outline  indicating the value of the study to theory, policy and practice will be given.  Four hypotheses will be tested using simple and multivariate regression.  Resource dependency theory, Strategic choice theory, Strategic group theory,  Organizational learning theory and Upper echelons theory will provide the theoretical anchorage of this study. The study will use positivism research philosophy for objectivity, neutrality, measurement and validity of results. The study will be a cross sectional survey  and the population will be three respondents from each of the 52 accredited universities in Kenya.  Both primary and secondary data will be collected and analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Questionnaires with semi-structured questions will be used to collect primary data and will be pre-tested for validity and reliability.  Simple linear regression analysis will be used to test the relationship between Strategic choice and performance of accredited universities in Kenya, while multiple regression analysis will be used to test the moderating influence of TMT characteristics on the relationship between Strategic choice and performance of accredited universities in Kenya.  Multiple regression analysis will also be used to test the intervening effect of organizational learning on the relationship between Strategic choice and performance of accredited universities in Kenya. Hierarchical regression analysis will be used to test for the intervening and moderating effect of organizational learning and TMT characteristics on the relationship between strategic choice and performance of accredited universities in Kenya.  Diagnostic tests for normality, multicollinearity and heteroscedasticity will be done for variance.

Key words:  Strategic Choice, Organizational Learning, Top Management Team Characteristics, Organizational Performance

Frequency of Publication: 
Annually