Muraguri Daniel, Dr. Yusuf Muchelule


Roads projects in Kenya have been characterized by low rates of budget absorption. There also have been cost overruns, the quality of the road works has also suffered leading to shortened life (sustainability) of public works. This has been ascribed to inadequacies in the system for supervising the construction projects. This study therefore sought to investigate the influence of project sponsorship on the performance of roads construction projects in Kenya. The following theoretical lenses was used in literature to discuss project sponsorship: Stewardship Theory. This study adopted a descriptive design approach. The unit of analysis was national government roads projects from the year 2007 to date while the unit of observation was senior management staff per project. Therefore, the target population for the study was 523 respondents. The overall sample size for this study was determined using a formula by Krejcie and Morgan (1970) which obtains 222 respondents. This study employed stratified random sampling to select study sample. Primary data was used and was collected using a semi structured questionnaire. Samples of questionnaire were pilot tested to 22 respondents to test for reliability and validity. Data was analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 23 software. Qualitative data collected was analyzed using content analysis and presented in prose form. Quantitative data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and presented in tables and figures. The study also computed correlation and regression analysis to test the relationship between study variables and test the research hypothesis. The study concludes that project sponsorship has a positive and significant influence on the performance of roads construction projects in Kenya. Based on the findings, this study recommends that the management of road implementation agencies should ensure provision of resources, structural Arrangements and regular communication. In addition, the management of road implementation agencies should ensure effectiveness in process management and continuous improvement.

Key Words: project sponsorship, performance, roads construction projects 

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