oa Business Management Review - The downsizing model in the Kenya civil service - does it work?

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0856-2253



This paper looks at the model used in downsizing staff in the Kenya Civil Service, examines the reasons for downsizing the staff in the service, and presents the results of a research done on the effectiveness of the cash offered to the civil servants (Golden Handshake) to encourage them to take voluntary early retirement. The research was based on 39 individuals who had taken early retirement as at December, 1994. The results show that many of those retiring are from the lower grades of the civil service. The Golden Handshake does not offer sufficient incentives and may not be as effective as it was intended by the downsizing reforms. It is suggested that the application of the soft systems methodology will help enhance the effectiveness of the model.

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