The Practice of Planning Supervisory Function in Ethiopian Management Institute: Mixed Approach

Mulatu Dea Lerra


The main objective of this study examines the practice of planning at the Ethiopian management institute to pin point the interface between theoretical and actual practice. Since the paper is dealing with assessing the existing planning practice and evaluating its effective implementation in light of the scientific approaches, the researcher primarily opted to apply descriptive research design method. The researcher implements open ended type questionnaire, interview and document analytical data gathering tools. 22 sample respondents were selected, out of the total 80 sample frame, to fill the questionnaire from each department based on the following quota. 10 for management development process, 2 for information and knowledge management process, 5 for property and service management process, 3 for plan, finance and report process, and 2 for human resource development process. Meanwhile, the researcher used judgmental sampling method to select the five process’s owners since they have the required information for the issue under investigation. The result reveals that, the implementation trend on the other hand is multifaceted in the institute. Information and knowledge management functions are said to be better at translating strategic goals into reality. However, human resource development and management development process have their own limitations in successfully implementing the plan. The deviations of actual and planned performances will open the gate to further develop internal staffs and plan accurately for the coming time, as per the EMI planning practice. Along with this, the institute doesn’t have a separate standard to measure plans’ implementation effectiveness. Rather, they use the plan itself to see their performance. Spiraling merits and amplifying remedies for weaknesses is the key to walk in success track.   As its current state of operation, it’s possible to say that the Ethiopian Management Institute has good planning practice. The attention given to be directed at the planned spectrum, the effort exerted to introduce and practice recent management developments like that of Balanced Score Card and the like are the best qualities to be raised and escalated further in future engagements. Policies, particularly in the management development process, have to get proper attention

Keywords: Supervision, supervisory planning, Plan, Strategy, Organization, Policy

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