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MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC, NJIHIA JM.  Submitted.  Road Maintenance in Kenya: A Soft Systems Approach. Conference Proceedings, all Africa Conference of Engineers,. : IBIMA Publishing Abstract

Kenya Literature Bureau, Nairobi, Kenya.

2012

MBECHE, IM, Nyamwange O, Magutu PO, Onsongo C.  2012.  An Introduction to Project Management. Website

2011

MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC.  2011.  Critical success Factors of Industrial and Commercial Projects in Kenya. Operations Research Society of Eastern Africa Journal. 1(1):93-108. Abstract

This study was carried out to examine the critical success factors of Industrial and Commercial projects in Kenya. Past research on project success in Kenya focused mainly on cost, time and quality as dimensions of success especially on Building Projects. This study moves the focus from the operations to the strategic context in order to capture the strategic contribution of projects to organizations. The study used twenty one projects out of thirty eight possible ones and analyzed their performance in relation to variables identified as important by the project officers.
Both secondary and primary data were used to carry out the analysis. The results show that there are three critical success factors as far as Industrial and Commercial Projects are concerned These are financial viability and management, market analysis and management and the quality of project management. These factors are important during project preparation and project implementation.

2010

MAGUTU, MRPETERSONOBARA, MEROKA PROFMBECHEISAAC, ONSERIO MRNYAMWANGESTEPHEN.  2010.  Formulation and Implementation Of Operation Strategies Used In Solid Waste Management: Case Study Of City Council Of Nairobi. Journal of African Research in Business & Technology. : IBIMA Publishing

2009

MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC, ONSERIO MRNYAMWANGESTEPHEN, Nyaoga RB, Magutu PO, Richard Nyaanga Ongeri, Ombati TO.  2009.  Quality Management Practices in Kenyan Educational Institutions: The Case of the University of Nairobi. 12th International Business Information Management Association (IBIMA) Conference on Creating Global Economies through Innovation and Knowledge Management. Published in Communications of the IBIMA (ISSN: 1943-7765) and IBIMA Business Revi. : IBIMA Publishing
MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC, ONSERIO MRNYAMWANGESTEPHEN, Magutu PO, Mwove MN.  2009.  Formulation And Implementation Of Operation Strategies Used In Solid Waste Management: Case Study Of Nairobi City Council. Presented at The 12th International Business Information Management Association (IBIMA) Conference on Creating Global Economies through Innovation and Knowledge Published in Communications of the IBIMA (ISSN: 1943-7765) and IBIMA Business Review (ISSN: 19. : IBIMA Publishing Abstract

The major purpose of this study was to document the operations strategy used in solid waste management, alongside the challenges facing implementation. This was a case study. Data was collected from fifty- (50) members and managers from the City Council of Nairobi and analyzed using descriptive statistics. The data was then summarized and presented in the form of proportions, tables and percentages.

The following findings were arrived at: First, the CEO and the employees do the formulation of the operations strategy as part of a planning process that coordinates operational goals with those of the larger organization. The annual objectives on solid waste management are well documented, which is inclusive of improving public health of the people; the environment; and maintain public cleanliness in order to keep public places aesthetically acceptable: by ensuring the proper storage, collection, transportation, safe treatment and disposal of solid waste. Secondly, the heads/managers feel that the current policies adequately support the institutions strategic plan. Thirdly, on the evaluation of the CCN's operations strategies used in solid waste management, it was also found that CCN has not invested on enough time and effort in analyzing environment capabilities and services to develop their operations strategy. On the other hand the CCN has not invested on enough time and effort in implementing its operations strategy. The internal strengths with the highest effect on CCN's competitive advantage, resulting from its operations strategy are: responsive employees in meeting customer needs, highly trained employees and quality control techniques. Lastly, the factors that have strongly limited sound waste management operations strategy implementation are the inability to formulate and implement sound solid waste management policies, inadequate treatment and disposal of solid waste and inadequate landfill disposal. The results have further used to come up with a model which exposes the integration of the operation strategies in solid waste management. Operation Strategy, Solid Waste Management and City Council

2006

Mbeche, IM, Njihia JM, Ogweno S.  2006.  Monitoring and evaluation. Website

2004

MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC, Ngau P.  2004.  Data preparation: Coding, Editing and Inputting. Data Collection and Analysis. : IBIMA Publishing Abstract

This paper examines the role of institutions in the development process of African countries. It has been show that, whereas institutions have played a greater role in the economic development of several East Asian countries, in Africa they are weaker and ineffective because of poor enforcement of the rule of law, corruption, mismanagement, absence of strong civil society and political interference. It is argued that well-functioning institutions can promote growth and reduce poverty in Africa by providing a conducive environment for implementation and sustainable development programmes Therefore, African countries should Endeavour to establish effective, responsive and democratic institutions that will promote accountable and transparent governance and sustainable socioeconomic development.

MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC, Ngau P. and Kumssa(E)A.  2004.  Sampling Methods in Data Collection and Analysis. UNCRD Textbook series,. : IBIMA Publishing Abstract

This paper examines the role of institutions in the development process of African countries. It has been show that, whereas institutions have played a greater role in the economic development of several East Asian countries, in Africa they are weaker and ineffective because of poor enforcement of the rule of law, corruption, mismanagement, absence of strong civil society and political interference. It is argued that well-functioning institutions can promote growth and reduce poverty in Africa by providing a conducive environment for implementation and sustainable development programmes Therefore, African countries should Endeavour to establish effective, responsive and democratic institutions that will promote accountable and transparent governance and sustainable socioeconomic development.

MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC, Ngau P. and Kumssa(E)A.  2004.  Sampling Methods in Data Collection and Analysis. UNCRD Textbook series,. : IBIMA Publishing Abstract

This paper examines the role of institutions in the development process of African countries. It has been show that, whereas institutions have played a greater role in the economic development of several East Asian countries, in Africa they are weaker and ineffective because of poor enforcement of the rule of law, corruption, mismanagement, absence of strong civil society and political interference. It is argued that well-functioning institutions can promote growth and reduce poverty in Africa by providing a conducive environment for implementation and sustainable development programmes Therefore, African countries should Endeavour to establish effective, responsive and democratic institutions that will promote accountable and transparent governance and sustainable socioeconomic development.

MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC, Kumssa A.  2004.  The role of institutions in the development process o African countries. International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 31 no. 9 & 10,. : IBIMA Publishing Abstract

This paper examines the role of institutions in the development process of African countries. It has been show that, whereas institutions have played a greater role in the economic development of several East Asian countries, in Africa they are weaker and ineffective because of poor enforcement of the rule of law, corruption, mismanagement, absence of strong civil society and political interference. It is argued that well-functioning institutions can promote growth and reduce poverty in Africa by providing a conducive environment for implementation and sustainable development programmes Therefore, African countries should Endeavour to establish effective, responsive and democratic institutions that will promote accountable and transparent governance and sustainable socioeconomic development.

2003

MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC, Gichunge H.  2003.  Risk management in Building Projects: An Analysis of Time and Cost Risk. Nairobi Journal of Management, Vol. 6 May-September, 2003. : IBIMA Publishing Abstract

Building projects often experience cost and time overruns. This problem is common across the world but it appears to be more pronounced in many developing countries such as Kenya. These overruns, depending on their magnitude can develop into major risks which will threaten the success of these projects. This research surveyed a total of one hundred and twenty (120) building projects and their cost and time overruns were determined. These overruns were used to develop fictional relationships with the probability of both the cost overruns and used to develop prediction equations. The models developed may be used to predict the risk (magnitude) for cost and time overruns for various types of building projects. These predictions should form a basis for allocating risks to various parties involved in building projects.

MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC, S.O.Nyamwange.  2003.  Operations Strategies Applied for the Competetitiveness of Kenyan Large Manufacturing Firms. Nairobi Journal of Management, Vol. 6 May-September, 2003. : IBIMA Publishing Abstract

This research sought to survey the manufacturing strategies pursued by the large manufacturing firms in Kenya as a way of remaining a float in the turbulent "libero-global' environment. The survey was carried out among the large manufacturing firms in Kenya. A total of seventy large firms picked through stratified sampling from a sample frame of 260, were sent questionnaires and twenty seven completed and returned them. The findings indicate the presence of trade-offs on one hand and order-winners and qualifiers on the other, also, it was found that all firms, regardless of company characteristics, compete on similar operations strategies. In particular, firms ranked, in order of priority, the following strategies: (1) high quality (2) low cost (3) time/speed, innovativeness and flexibility. The findings of this research indicate the majority of large manufacturing firms acknowledge that operations- based strategies enhance the competitive capabilities of their firms by contributing to long-term business performance and success. In order to mobilize their competitiveness, firms need to emphasize high quality and consistence, low cost and hence low price, time/speed, dependability, innovativeness and high flexibility.

2000

MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC, Lagat CK.  2000.  An application of the Transportation Model in the distribution of UHT milk. The African Journal of Finance and Management, vol. 8 no. 2 January. : IBIMA Publishing Abstract

This paper, using data from factories and depots of KCC that handle UHT milk, develops a model for the optimal allocation of milk from factories to the deports in various parts of Kenya. In developing of this model, the paper takes into consideration the characteristics visual depots, such as access roads, demand, storage capacities and KCC's distribution policy. By use of a case study approach, a transportation model is developed. It shows how distribution costs can be reduced through the use of operations research (OR) models. However, given the structures of the industry, the paper suggests that there should be an integrated transportation model that would analyze the allocation of products to individual depots while minimizing both transport and storage costs.

MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC.  2000.  Project Planning Matrix . Project Planning, Implementation and Evaluation. : IBIMA Publishing Abstract

This research sought to survey the manufacturing strategies pursued by the large manufacturing firms in Kenya as a way of remaining a float in the turbulent "libero-global' environment. The survey was carried out among the large manufacturing firms in Kenya. A total of seventy large firms picked through stratified sampling from a sample frame of 260, were sent questionnaires and twenty seven completed and returned them. The findings indicate the presence of trade-offs on one hand and order-winners and qualifiers on the other, also, it was found that all firms, regardless of company characteristics, compete on similar operations strategies. In particular, firms ranked, in order of priority, the following strategies: (1) high quality (2) low cost (3) time/speed, innovativeness and flexibility. The findings of this research indicate the majority of large manufacturing firms acknowledge that operations- based strategies enhance the competitive capabilities of their firms by contributing to long-term business performance and success. In order to mobilize their competitiveness, firms need to emphasize high quality and consistence, low cost and hence low price, time/speed, dependability, innovativeness and high flexibility.

MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC, Ngunjiri JK.  2000.  The Selection of Public Investment Projects: A multicriteria Approach. Nairobi Journal of Management vol. 5 January/April,. : IBIMA Publishing Abstract

This study examined the process of project selection to determine the priority public investment project portfolio in any given year. since resources are limited and different stakeholders tend to have different, often conflicting objectives, an efficient and effective approach is necessary. The result of the study indicates that the current approach to the selection of public investment projects lacks objectivity and consequently, may not be sensitive to the needs of various stakeholders. It is demonstrated that the use of multicriteria approach to project selection helps to assess projects from a "wholistic thinking" perspective, which is achieved through the adoption of a systems approach to the selection process. Decision makers can be aided by installing and running a Decision support system. This approach promises the selection of a more superior portfolio of public investment projects.

MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC.  2000.  Project Preparation . Project Planning, Implementation and Evaluation. : IBIMA Publishing Abstract

This research sought to survey the manufacturing strategies pursued by the large manufacturing firms in Kenya as a way of remaining a float in the turbulent "libero-global' environment. The survey was carried out among the large manufacturing firms in Kenya. A total of seventy large firms picked through stratified sampling from a sample frame of 260, were sent questionnaires and twenty seven completed and returned them. The findings indicate the presence of trade-offs on one hand and order-winners and qualifiers on the other, also, it was found that all firms, regardless of company characteristics, compete on similar operations strategies. In particular, firms ranked, in order of priority, the following strategies: (1) high quality (2) low cost (3) time/speed, innovativeness and flexibility. The findings of this research indicate the majority of large manufacturing firms acknowledge that operations- based strategies enhance the competitive capabilities of their firms by contributing to long-term business performance and success. In order to mobilize their competitiveness, firms need to emphasize high quality and consistence, low cost and hence low price, time/speed, dependability, innovativeness and high flexibility.

MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC.  2000.  Project Planning, Implementation and Evaluation: A Training Manual.. United Nations Textook Series, No.8,. : IBIMA Publishing Abstract

This research sought to survey the manufacturing strategies pursued by the large manufacturing firms in Kenya as a way of remaining a float in the turbulent "libero-global' environment. The survey was carried out among the large manufacturing firms in Kenya. A total of seventy large firms picked through stratified sampling from a sample frame of 260, were sent questionnaires and twenty seven completed and returned them. The findings indicate the presence of trade-offs on one hand and order-winners and qualifiers on the other, also, it was found that all firms, regardless of company characteristics, compete on similar operations strategies. In particular, firms ranked, in order of priority, the following strategies: (1) high quality (2) low cost (3) time/speed, innovativeness and flexibility. The findings of this research indicate the majority of large manufacturing firms acknowledge that operations- based strategies enhance the competitive capabilities of their firms by contributing to long-term business performance and success. In order to mobilize their competitiveness, firms need to emphasize high quality and consistence, low cost and hence low price, time/speed, dependability, innovativeness and high flexibility.

1997

MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC, Mwadali D.  1997.  Management by Projects: Factors which affect the Performance of Project Managers in a developing country. Discovery and Innovation, Vol. 9 no. 3,. : IBIMA Publishing Abstract

Many organizations in Kenya have adopted and tried to implement the total quality management (TQM) programmes. Many of these firms have failed to achieve the expected results for various reasons. This study examines how TQM implementation is influenced by leadership in a large organization. The result show that control systems, involvement of employees in decision making and the provision of a conducive psychological environment are quiet difficult to provide for by the leadership in a large organization. It is suggested that creating smaller organization and/or autonomous Divisions of firm will help to address these challenges.

MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC, Omutia P.  1997.  Issues of Leadership in the implementation of Total Quality Management in a large organization. Nairobi Journal of Management, vol. 3,. : IBIMA Publishing Abstract

Many organizations in Kenya have adopted and tried to implement the total quality management (TQM) programmes. Many of these firms have failed to achieve the expected results for various reasons. This study examines how TQM implementation is influenced by leadership in a large organization. The result show that control systems, involvement of employees in decision making and the provision of a conducive psychological environment are quiet difficult to provide for by the leadership in a large organization. It is suggested that creating smaller organization and/or autonomous Divisions of firm will help to address these challenges.

1996

MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC, Yego SK.  1996.   Operational Research Management Science in Social Issues at the Strategic Level. Nairobi Journal of Management, Vol. 2,. : IBIMA Publishing Abstract

a paper presented to the Conference on Project Management in the Construction Industry for Eastern Africa Region, 20th - 23rd November, 1996, Machakos, Kenya.

MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC, Kanywiro S, Onchoke C.  1996.  The use of Quantitative Forecasting Estimates in Billing Utility. Journal of Management, vol. 1,. : IBIMA Publishing Abstract

The residents of Nairobi on the city council of Nairobi for their provision of water needs. Provision of such an essential service is very challenging for the City Council especially with current population growth rate in the city. Continued provision of water is possible if adequate revenue is generated from water sales to cover capital, operation and maintenance costs. Collection of revenue from water sales has been a perpetual problem to the city council. One of the main problems is attributed to the delay in reading the water meters, an exercise which has to be done before billing consumers. Meter reading is a taxing job especially when the workforce is small. Other problems that hinder smooth operations of meter reading include lack of adequate transport for the meter readers and poor weather conditions. In this paper, it is argued that the meter reading frequency can be reduced through the use of quantitative forecasting methods to provide estimates of water consumption for certain categories of consumers. Such estimates, when used as a basis for billing consumers, have been found to be fairly reliable in some categories of consumers and not others. Although this approach will help to keep down the meter reading expenses, its implementation requires a careful consideration of organizational issues. Important organizational issues such as the co-ordination between the connection and disconnection sections, the finance department and the administration department need to be addressed. For an effective co-ordination and an improved dept collection, an installation of a new computer system will be required to provide easier access to data and provide accurate and timely management information for the billing and revenue collection from consumers. Key words Consumers, Meter reading, billing, quantitative forecasts.

MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC, Mwadali D.  1996.  Management by Projects , 23 November. Project Management in the Construction Industry for Eastern Africa Region. , Machakos, Kenya: IBIMA Publishing Abstract

a paper presented to the Conference on Project Management in the Construction Industry for Eastern Africa Region, 20th - 23rd November, 1996, Machakos, Kenya.

MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC, F.N. K.  1996.  Business Statistics . Introduction to Business. : Kenya Literature Bureau Abstract

Kenya Literature Bureau, Nairobi, Kenya. (Kibera F.N. Ed.)

MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC, Yego SK.  1996.  A Survey of the Application of Forecasting Methods in large manufacturing firms in Nairobi, Kenya. Nairobi Journal of Management, Vol.2,. : IBIMA Publishing Abstract

Kenya Literature Bureau, Nairobi, Kenya. (Kibera F.N. Ed.)

1994

1993

MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC, and J.M. OMW.  1993.  A Case Study Analysis on the Effectiveness of Mathematical Modeling . in Operational Research/Management Science Problems". In Kenya Mathematical Society . : Jomo Kenyatta Foundation AbstractWebsite

Jomo Kenyatta Foundation, Nairoi, Kenya.

1987

MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC.  1987.  Statistics . Secondary Mathematics Teachers Guide for Forms I and 2. , Nairobi, Kenya.: Kenya Literature Bureau Abstract

Kenya Literature Bureau, Nairobi, Kenya.

1986

MEROKA, PROFMBECHEISAAC, Bali SK.  1986.  An Investigation Into Factors Contributing to Teaching Effectiveness Among Student Teachers: Towards a Prediction Model for Teaching Effectiveness among student teachers.. Msingi Journal of Educational Foundations, Vol.2 No. 1, Kenyatta University.. : IBIMA Publishing Abstract

Kenya Literature Bureau, Nairobi, Kenya.

1983

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