Women participation in the decision making process of private firms: A case study of city abattoir - old port bell road Kampala

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Kampala International University. College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The study focuses on women participation in decision making process of private firms. It aims at finding out the extent to which women participate in leadership and decision making process at City Abattoir. ascerlalning the process followed in making decisions at Cit\ Abattoir. determining strategies used to empower women to participate in decision making and leadership at City Ahattoir. and identifying barriers preventing the participation of women in decision-making process at City Abattoir. To achieve the objectives of the study. a descriptive research design and a case study (City Abattoir) was used. To sample the population of the study. simple random method was used. Both primary and secondary source of data were considered. Semi-structured questionnaire was used to collect primary data. while books and documentaries were used to collect secondary data; finally SPSS was used to analyze collected data. The study realised that. at City Abattoir. women occupy high positions of decision making; however, their power to influence decisions is still uncertain. Therefore increase in the numerical representation of women in decision-making positions has to be complemented by increased substantive representation and the capacity to influence decision-making. It was also found out that decision making process starts with defining the problem and identifying goals to be achieved, it ends with evaluation of decision made. Throughout the process, information is gathered to discover possible alternatives to solve the identified problem. These alternatives are evaluated to assess risks associated with each and every alternative in order to select one with minimum risks. Once the decision is made, employees are called upon implementation. While women are given opportunity to improve their skills through education and training; inexistence of women’s association and lack of policies and/or legislation to ensure participation of women in decision making imply ineffective strategy to empower women to participate in decision making process at City Abattoir. With regards to barriers preventing women to participate in decision making process. it is concluded that family attitude is the main barrier discouraging women to participate in decision making process. it is n~commended to the management of city abattoir to put in place policies and regulations that ensure participation of women in decision making process. In addition. they should encourage women
A thesis submitted to the school of post graduate studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of the degree of masters of art in Human resource management of Kampala International University