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On 2 February 2018 Mr. Evans Osano successfully defended his DBA thesis titled: Factors Characterising High Performance Organisations in the Cement Manufacturing Sector in Kenya and Tanzania.

Reflecting on his DBA experience Mr. Osano said that:

“The doctorate study has enabled me to have a broad mindset, an ability to question assumptions and the tools and skills to solve practical problems. It has also been a humbling experience appreciating that no one has the monopoly of knowledge and we can work individually and collectively to contribute to knowledge and on occasion change paradigms of existing knowledge. I highly recommend the DBA program at the Maastricht School of Management.”

His study focused on factors characterizing High Performance Organizations (HPO) for selected cement manufacturing companies in Kenya and Tanzania. The study also sought to profile a High-Performance Manager (HPM) in the Kenyan and Tanzanian cultures. The aim was to establish factors differentiating high from low performing companies. It was established that high HPO scores were related to better financial and non-financial results amongst the companies studied. These results were similar in both countries and were therefore not influenced by the country specific circumstances. Management quality, openness and action orientation were the most important factors explaining the differences in performance between the best and worst companies.

The study identified HPMs to have characteristics that included fostering loyalty, promoting a sense of belonging, respecting and treating employees well, honesty, creating a family-like organisational culture, promoting teamwork and placing emphasis on the long-term.

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