Examination of the Public Sector Reform Programme Implementation in Zambia: The Efficacy of the Integrated Financial Management Information System (Published)
This study was to examine the Public Sector Reform Programme and implementation of the Efficacy of the Integrated Financial Management Information Systems (IFMIS) in Zambia. The focus is on the country’s central government with 1300 users of IFMIS in forty-four sites. The study used a quantitative research design to draw conclusions from a sample of 150 day-to-day users of IFMIS. Data was collected through a survey analysed using descriptive and causal-effect relationships. The system usage is far from satisfactory with misapplication of funds, and challenges in cooperating with partners. The public did not derive satisfaction in this outcome. However, IFMIS influences public resource management processes through ease of access to information, quick retrieval, easy tracking of documents and provision of an audit trail, among others. The system provides restricted access to the IFMIS system, creates the order of operations, defines and reduces the roles and duties of different users, which reduces the level of risk. Some users doubted the system’s ability to detect and report fraud cases. This study, therefore, recommends that IFMIS should be upgraded to protect documents from being attacked by viruses or getting lost, including stronger fraud detection, reporting and a broad application and use of IFMIS in all country departments with new features for fraud detection and reports to facilitate quick remedy. Lastly, the IFMIS should be decentralized to each department to ensure the processes of the supply chain are secured and efficient.
Citation: Gopal S., and Ngoma T. S. (2022) Examination of the Public Sector Reform Programme Implementation in Zambia: The Efficacy of the Integrated Financial Management Information System, International Journal of Management Technology, Vol.9, No 2, pp.12-33
Influence of Organizational Arrangement and System Complexity on Adoption of Integrated Financial Management Information System by Uasin Gishu County Government, Kenya (Published)
Over the past decade, developing many countries has increasingly embarked on efforts to computerize their government operations, beginning especially with the public financial management (PFM). Among the most common systems implemented is the integrated financial management information system (IFMIS). The system computerizes and automates key aspects of budget execution and accounting operations across institutions of government. The study investigated factors affecting the implementation of IFMIS in Uasin Gishu County Government. Based on the study, this paper explores the effect of organizational arrangement and system complexity on successful implementation of IFMIS in Uasin Gishu County. The study employed a correlation research design. Stratified random sampling method was used to select 170 respondents from a target population of 566 County’s employees who used IFMIS. Data was collected by means of a questionnaire and was analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The findings of this study revealed that organization arrangement (β=.51, P-.000) had a significant effect on implementation of IFMIS in Uasin Gishu County. However, system complexity (β=.01, P-.000) had no significance effect on implementation of IFMIS. Therefore, the study recommended that the Uasin Gishu County government should embrace change of management since it enhances many positive benefits to an employee’s life, including a better greater job satisfaction, more autonomy, increased energy, creativity, motivation and morale. As work becomes more sophisticated and more technology-dependent, the importance of virtual teams will increase rapidly.