Challenges Facingwork Place Diversity at Kenya Agricultural Research Institute

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CHALLENGES FACING WORKPLACE DIVERSITY MANAGEMENT AT KENYA AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE: A CASE STUDY OF NYAHURURU AND KABETE

ANNE MUTHONI WANYIRI NYH/0129

Research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the award of Diploma in Business Management (Business Management option) to the Kenya Institute of Management

DECEMBER 2012

DECLARATION
Declaration by student This research report is my original work and has not been presented for a diploma to any other institution. No part of this research should be reproduced without the author’s consent or that of the Kenya Institute of Management. NAME: ANNE MUTHONI WANYIRI ADM NO: NYH/0129 SIGNATURE:………………………………………………….. DATE:………………………………………………………….

Approval by supervisor This research report has been submitted with my approval as the Kenya Institute of Management Supervisor NAME: DR ZAKAYO ONYIEGO LECTURER BRANCH: NYAHURURU SIGNATURE:…………………………………………………… DATE:……………………………………………………………

DECLARATION BY MANAGEMENT For and on behalf of Kenya Institute of Management BRANCH EXECUTIVE: NAME: FLORENCE WAIRIMU SIGNATURE:…………………………………………………… DATE:……………………………………………………………

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DEDICATION
I dedicate this report to my daughter Catherine for her support and understanding during the course of my studies.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
I acknowledge my supervisor Dr. Zakayo Onyiego for his invaluable support in helping me develop this report. I also acknowledge the entire Kenya Institute of Management staff for their leadership and support during the development of both proposal and the report. Specifically I would like to acknowledge Mr. Mwathe for his selfless support. I will not forget my fellow classmates Nyahururu center for their contributions towards my completing my course. To all I say a big thank you.

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ABSTRACT
Workplace diversity management is broadly defined as the systematic and planned commitment by the organization to recruit, reward and promote a heterogeneous mix of employees. Workforce diversity can have a positive factor on organizational effectiveness. The researcher set out to understand the challenges facing management at KARI in their efforts to address issues of workforce diversity with a focus on socioeconomic factors, diversity management training programs, diversity policies in place and existing strategies on diversity. The overall goal of the proposed research was to establish challenges faced by workforce diversity management at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute. It was set out as a case study at both Nyahururu and Kabete centers. The study was significant in exposing underlying Diverse Workforce issues. It also provided information on the framework for the management of workplace diversity in the institution, with an aim of documenting knowledge on diversity workforce management that could help it meet the demand on diversity under a new constitution and within globalization. The report of the study added to the existing literature on the effects of workforce diversity management and organizational effectiveness in Agricultural based institutions. The researcher took 10% of the total number of staff as the sample. Total number of staff is 320 thus the sample size was 32, of which 31 were returned. The researcher used stratified sampling so as to get the best response from those most likely to offer informed data. Data analysis was done descriptively through Microsoft excel and results presented through pie charts. There were four objectives in the study that included understanding whether workforce diversity management challenges existed at KARI. In addition, the researcher wanted to examine the presence of diversity management training programs at KARI, the existence of both policies and a strategic plan. Rate of response was 97%. This means outcome of data analysis had a considerable reflection on the target population. All the variables considered had various responses which indicated they were relevant...
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