Performance management implementation challenges in Ghana’s local government system: Evidence from the Sefwi Wiawso Municipal Assembly

Albert Ahenkan, Emmanuel Senior Tenakwah, Justice Nyigmah Bawole

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the current performance management system of the Sefwi Wiawso Municipal Assembly as well as the challenges faced by the Assembly in implementing its performance management system. 

Design/methodology/approach: The specific design that was adopted is the case study approach. The primary data were gathered through in-depth interviews. In total, 20 heads of departments and employees were purposively sampled. The data gathered from the interviews were analysed using Miles and Huberman’s (1994) approach to qualitative data analysis. 

Findings: The paper reveals that the performance management system of the Assembly has not been effective. The study also reveals poor communication, poor integration, low commitment by the top officials, absence of training, inadequate capacity for setting clear targets and objectives, and measuring and evaluation criteria for performance assessment, cultural issues, absence of rewards for good performance, financial constraints, weak and highly bureaucratic management systems as challenges facing performance management system of the assembly. 

Practical implications: This study indicates that the training of supervisors and the linking of performance management systems with reward and recognition are key to ensuring an effective implementation of the performance management system of the Assembly. 

Originality/value: This paper contributes to literature by examining the performance management system of the Sefwi Wiawso Municipal Assembly in the Western Region of Ghana by describing and drawing lessons from local government experiences in the implementation of performance management systems in developing countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)519-535
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Productivity and Performance Management
Volume67
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes

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