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1. Muriu, Abraham Rugo. Performance management in Kenya's public service.

Degree: PhD, 2017, Universität Potsdam

This study was inspired by the desire to contribute to literature on performance management from the context of a developing country. The guiding research questions were: How do managers use performance information in decision making? Why do managers use performance information the way they do? The study was based on theoretical strands of neo-patrimonialism and new institutionalism. The nature of the inquiry informed the choice of a qualitative case study research design. Data was assembled through face-to-face interviews, some observations, and collection of documents from managers at the levels of the directorate, division, and section/units. The managers who were the focus of this study are current or former staff members of the state departments in Kenya’s national Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries as well as from departments responsible for coordination of performance related reforms. The findings of this study show that performance information is regularly produced but its use by managers varies. Examples of use include preparing reports to external bodies, making decisions for resource re-allocation, making recommendations for rewards and sanctions, and policy advisory. On categorizing the forms of use as passive, purposeful, political or perverse, evidence shows that they overlap and that some of the forms are so closely related that it is difficult to separate them empirically. On what can explain the forms of use established, four factors namely; political will and leadership; organizational capacity; administrative culture; and managers’ interests and attitudes, were investigated. While acknowledging the interrelatedness and even overlapping of the factors, the study demonstrates that there is explanatory power to each though with varying depth and scope. The study thus concludes that: Inconsistent political will and leadership for performance management reforms explain forms of use that are passive, political and perverse. Low organizational capacity could best explain passive and some limited aspects of purposeful use. Informal, personal and competitive administrative culture is associated with purposeful use and mostly with political and perverse use. Limited interest and apprehensive attitude are best associated with passive use. The study contributes to the literature particularly in how institutions in a context of neo-patrimonialism shape performance information use. It recommends that further research is necessary to establish how neo-patrimonialism positively affects performance oriented reforms. This is interesting in particular given the emerging thinking on pockets of effectiveness and developmental patrimonialism. This is important since it is expected that performance related reforms will continue to be advocated in developing countries in the foreseeable future.

Diese Studie wurde von dem Wunsch inspiriert einen Beitrag zu der Performance Management Literatur zu leisten und zwar aus dem Kontext eines Entwicklungslandes. Die Fragen, die diese Forschung geleitet…

Advisors/Committee Members: Proeller, Isabella (advisor).

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APA (6th Edition):

Muriu, A. R. (2017). Performance management in Kenya's public service. (Doctoral Dissertation). Universität Potsdam. Retrieved from

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Muriu, Abraham Rugo. “Performance management in Kenya's public service.” 2017. Doctoral Dissertation, Universität Potsdam. Accessed December 17, 2018.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Muriu, Abraham Rugo. “Performance management in Kenya's public service.” 2017. Web. 17 Dec 2018.


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