REALIGNMENT OF ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE, ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE AND TECHNICAL LABOR TO SUPPORT ADVANCED MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES ADOPTION IN MANUFACTURING COMPANIES IN KENYA

ABSTRACT
The aim of this project was to assess the level of integration of Advanced Manufacturing
Technologies (AMTs) in manufacturing companies in Kenya and to study the relationships
between AMTs and organizational culture, organizational structure and technical labor. The study confirmed that AMT integration is positively associated with organizational culture in that flexible, adaptable, consistent organizational cultures are associated with better AMT integration outcomes.
Conversely, rigid, inconsistent and unadaptable organizational cultures are detrimental to AMT
implementation and integration. The study also confirmed that flat, organic, less formal
organizational structures with narrow spans of control are associated with increased AMT
integration as opposed to tall, hierarchical and rigid organizational structures. In the study, it was established that increased investment in skill training for technical labor as well as increase in the intensity of skill training is associated with better AMT integration outcomes as the technical staff are better equipped with the prerequisite knowledge to understand the operation of AMTs.