European Journals of Business Management

DRIVERS OF ADOPTION OF SOLAR ENERGY PROJECTS IN KENYA:

A CASE OF WAJIR COUNTY

 

MICHAEL MUIKIA

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

 

DR. MAKORI MORONGE

Supervisor, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

 

CITATION:Muikia., M. & Moronge, M. (2015)Drivers Of Adoption of Solar Energy Projects In Kenya: A Case of Wajir County. European Journal of Business Management 2 (10), 1-25.

 

ABSTRACT

In spite of the huge efforts and investments in the installation of solar projects to alleviate many energy pressing problems, such as rural energy shortages, low agricultural productivity, and poor public health, the implementation of such projects has not been successful as intended due to slow uptake of the technology in developing countries. In order to make the investment in the solar projects more effective and worth, success rates of uptake of these projects should be increased. In Kenya, energy plays a vital role in growth of the economy, as a key domestic and industrial input. The general objective of this study was to establish the drivers of adoption of solar energy projects in Kenya with Wajir County as the study area. The specific objectives of this study were to establish the effects of financial resources, government policy, technology and stakeholder involvement on adoption of solar energy projects in Kenya. The study adopted descriptive survey and target population was 80 employees of Davis & Shirtliff implementing solar projects in Wajir County. Census sampling technique method was used to collect primary date through questionnaires. 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 and the data analyzed using SPSS version 21 and Microsoft Excel. The study adopted correlation and regression analysis at 5% level of significance to determine strength and direction of the relationship of the variables under study. The analysis revealed that financial accessibility had the strongest positive influence on adoption of solar projects. In addition, stakeholder participation, technology and government policy are positively correlated to adoption of solar projects. The study recommends the need to enhance financial accessibility through credit accessibility, investment cost and operation cost to increase adoption of solar energy projects in Kenya. Additionally, the stakeholder involvement should be enhanced through feasibility study, public awareness and public seminars as they significantly influence adoption of solar energy projects. The study recommends training of technicians on solar technology and formulation of government policies that ensures good governance, favorable solar energy tariffs and proper licensing that facilitates adoption of solar energy projects. Further research will be required to establish the relationship between training and adoption of solar technology; effects of gender on adoption of solar energy and the relationship between culture and adoption of solar technology.


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TALENT RECRUITMENT NEGATIVELY INFLUENCES EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT AMONG LISTED COMPANIES IN KENYA

 

Okello, Dennis Juma

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

P.O. Box 62000-0100, Nairobi, Kenya

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Dr. Hazel W. Gachunga

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

P.O. Box 62000-0100, Nairobi, Kenya

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Dr. George O. Orwa

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

P.O. Box 62000-0100, Nairobi, Kenya

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CITATION: Juma, O. D , Gachunga, H.W , & Orwa, G.O .Talent recruitment negatively influences employee engagement among listed companies in Kenya. European Journals of Business Management2 (9), 1-6.

 

Abstract

Employee engagement has been a subject of interest for many researchers in recent years. Companies are making deliberate efforts to ensure that their workforce remain productive and motivated. This is not only a means of gaining competitive advantage but also a chance for employees to display their talent and innovative ideas. This study aimed to address the contribution of talent recruitment on engagement. It involved a total of 445 respondents drawn from 62 listed companies in Kenya. Regression and correlation results for the study variables were determined in line with the study objectives. The study revealed some unusual results which indicated that talent recruitment actually has a negative influence on employee engagement for listed companies in Kenya. The study recommends that companies wishing to utilize talent should be careful not to disengage employees by making them have an inflated sense of importance. This study has reasonable implications for companies and researchers since the field data has provided some contradictory statements that may go against studies which have shown huge connections between common HR practices and employee engagement in Kenya and the world at large.

Key Words: Employee engagement, talent management, talent, talent recruitment

 


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