Prof. Kenneth Wanjau

Prof. Kenneth Lawrence Wanjau is an Associate Professor in the School of Business at Karatina University and also a small and medium enterprise facilitator with experience in small business consultancy and development.


Postal address

Karatina University
P.O. Box 1957 - 10101, KARATINA, KENYA.
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KEY QUALIFICATIONS

Prof. Kenneth Lawrence Wanjau is a Lecturer and also a small and medium enterprise facilitator with experience in small business consultancy and development.

Kenneth L. Wanjau has experience in industrial production and factory personnel co-ordination. He started his career at Unilever (K) Limited as a process technician cum co-ordinator. While at the company he was awarded a certificate for Opportunity For Improvement (OFI) because of initiating cost cutting production measures in soap making department. He also underwent a team building training course, which enhanced his ability to co-ordinate production activities as a team leader.

As a sales manager at Kenya Industrial Plastics his duties ranged from managing full range of products distribution to managing of sales personnel. While there he introduced value addition techniques and customer care services, which revamped the bottom-line of Kenya Industrial Plastics.

He is a professionally trained industrial chemist and has vast knowledge on entrepreneurship and business development. He has carried out a research on “Limitations faced by Business Development Services (BDS) Centers in Kenya” and “Role of Quality in Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises in Kenya”. He has been involved in training of Telkom staff in areas of personal financing, entrepreneurship and business development, communication skills and customer relationship management through Partnership for Management Assistance and Training group and JKUAT, Nairobi CBD Campus .He has also trained District Industrial Development Officers from the Ministry of Industrialization on business consulting skills.

Currently he is involved in training at the University on entrepreneurship, business development and business management. He has been an Ad Hoc committee member that supervised performance contract implementation in Government Ministries and Parastatals. Also he is a consultant of HortPreneur Enterprise and Easy Dial Research, which empowers micro and small enterprise owners through training, data analysis, conducting surveys and other business development services.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

2006 to 2010 | Ph.D in Entrepreneurship at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
2004 to 2006 | Master of Science in Entrepreneurship at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Chemistry at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
1991 | Certificate of Computer Operations at Nosway Comprint Limited.
1997 to 1998 | Diploma in Industrial Management at International Correspondence school (ICS)
1991 to 1994 | Diploma in chemical engineering at Mombasa Polytechnic from September 

WORKING EXPERIENCE

August 2014- to date: Karatina University
Responsibility: Ag.Director, Privately Sponsored Students Programme.

December 2013-to August 2014: Karatina University
Responsibility : Chairman, Business and Entrepreneurship Department

December 2013-to date: Karatina University
Responsibility: Senior Lecturer in Business and Entrepreneurship Department

February 2013-to date: Management University of Africa
Responsibility: External Examiner, School of Management & Leadership (SML)

September 2011-to date: Mount Kenya University
Responsibility: Research Project and Thesis External Examiner

January 2011-to date: Kenya Methodist University
Responsibility: Research Project and Thesis External Examiner

January 2011-to date: Easy Dial Research
Responsibility:Technical Director.

May 2010- to Nov.2012: Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
Responsibility: Deputy Director, JKUAT Nairobi CBD Campus

Nov.2009- to date: Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
Responsibility : Lecturer Entrepreneurship & Procurement Department Juja Campus.

January 2008 – to Nov 2009:  Kenya Methodist University
Responsibility: Assistant Lecturer in Business Administration and Management Faculty.

January 2009-to date: Ad Hoc Committee Member- Office of Prime Minister
Responsibility: Supervision of performance contract implementation.

August 2006 – Dec.2007: Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
Responsibility: Part-time Lecturer in School of Human Resource and Development

Jan 2006-  to date: Principle Consultant-HortPreneur Enterprise
Responsibility: Facilitate training of clients in business development, management, customer care and marketing tactics.   

Jan 2006 – Dec 2006: Graduate Mobilization Program Africa (GMP-A)
Responsibility: Lecturer for Entrepreneurship and Business Development course teaching Principles of marketing, creativity and strategic thinking for small firms, management of small firms and technical and academic writing skills.

Jan 2006- Dec 2006: Nairobi Film School (N.F.S)
Responsibility: Lecturer, teaching entrepreneurship subject.

Dec 2004 -2005: Kenya Industrial Plastics Limited
Responsibilities: Sales Manager

Aug.2003 – Oct 2003: Industrial attachment at Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute
Responsibilities: Full chemical analysis of industrial waste water effluent

July 1995- July2000: Unilever (K) Limited
Responsibilities: Process Technician/Coordinator

 

CONSULTING EXPERIENCE

2006: Trained employees of Telkom Kenya with the P-MAT Consultant group on the areas of entrepreneurship, business development and management and financial planning.

2007: Trained a women’s group from Nakuru under the IFC GOWE project on the areas of business plan writing  and bookkeeping skills.

2010: Trained sales officers of Telkom Kenya with JKUAT on communication Skills and Customer Relationship Management.

2011: Trained District Industrial Development Officers (DIDOs) of Ministry of  Industrialization on “Role of business consultancy in growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Kenya”.

2012: Consultancy Services for Provision of Employee, Customer satisfaction & Work Environment Surveys for Murang’a Municipal Council.

2012: Development of Strategic Plan for the Year 2012-2022 for KEPSHA

2012: Consultancy Services on Research Training for Government Training Institute, Matuga

2012: Baseline Survey on Automation & Baseline Survey on Access to ICTs by Disabled within the County Council of Makueni Community Information Centers for County Council of Makueni.

2012: Development of Strategic Plan for the Year 2013-2018 for 4NTE SACCO

2012: Training on Research Methods and Data Analysis at Pamoja Trust

2013: Consultancy Services for Customer Satisfaction Survey for Tharaka Nithi Teachers SACCO Limited.

MEMBERSHIP

Associate Member, Kenya Institute of Management
Academy of Africa
International Society for Professional Innovation Management

AWARD(S)

Best Academic Paper (Runner Up) at Makerere University Business School Academic and Business Conference, 2013.

PUBLICATIONS AND CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Production and Operation book, for distance learners in Kenya Methodist University,   Bachelor of Business Administration students, 2009.

Moderating Effect of Entrepreneurial Orientation on the Relationship between Human-Related Information Security Issues and Firm Performance in Kenya. Asian Academic Research Journal of Multidisciplinary, 1(23), 311-334. Ndung’u, S., Wanjau, K. L., Gichira, R., & Mwangi, W. (August 2014).

A Configurational Approach of the Relationship between Information Security Management and Performance of Small and Medium Enterprises in Kenya. Asian Academic Research Journal of Multidisciplinary, 1(26), 703-723. Ndung’u, S., Wanjau, K. L., Gichira, R., &  Mwangi, W. (July 2014).

A Configurational Approach of the Relationship between Information Security Management (ISM) and SME performance in Kenya. 14th International Conference on African Entrepreneurship & Small Business (ICAESB 2014), 29th -30th May, 2014. Dar-es-Salaam:  University of Dar es Salaam Business School. Ndung’u, S., Wanjau, K. L., Gichira, R., & Mwangi, W.

Effects of Credit Policy on Portitability of Manufacturing Firms in Kenya. IOSR Journal of Economics and Finance, Vol.2 (4), pp. 1-7. Kungu,J.N., K.L.Wanjau, Waititu, A.G. & Gekara,G.M. (January, 2014).

Influence of Aggressiveness and Conservativeness in Investing and Financing Policies on Performance of Industrial Firms in Kenya. IOSR Journal of Economics and Finance, Vol.2 (5), pp. 27-32. Kungu,J.N., K.L.Wanjau, Waititu, A.G. & Gekara,G.M. (January, 2014).

Transforming Implementation of Entrepreneurship Education Programme in Technical Training Institutions in Kenya.European Journal of Business and Innovation Research,Vol.1 (3),pp 18-27. Mwamisha D.M & Wanjau K.L. (September, 2013).

Factors Affecting Value Addition in the Leather Industry in Kenya. European Journal of Business and Innovation Research,Vol.1 (3),45-55. Ogolla,P.M. & Wanjau K.L.(September, 2013).

Role of Information System Security in the Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises in Kenya: A Survey of Information Communication Technology Firms in Nairobi. European Journal of Business and Innovation Research,Vol.1 (3), 74- 83. Mbataru,R. & Wanjau K.L. (September, 2013).

Technology Adoption and Occupational Fraud Risk: Empirical Evidence from Commercial Banks in Kenya. Asian Academic Research Journal of Multidisciplinary, 1(11), 45-62. Kiragu, D. N., Wanjau, K. L., Gekara, M., & Kanali, C. (July 2013).

Effect of Bank Growth on Occupational Fraud Risk in Commercial Banks in Kenya. International Journal of Social Sciences and Entrepreneurship, 1(3), 469-48. Kiragu, D. N., Wanjau, K. L., Gekara, M., & Kanali, C. (May 2013).

Factors Affecting the Growth of Insurance Brokerage Firms in Kenya: A Survey of Insurance Brokerage Frirms in Nairobi. International Journal of Social Sciences and Entrepreneurship Vol.1 (2), 245-259. Gitau,J.W. & K.L.Wanjau

The Influence of Technology Adoption on Occupational Fraud Risk in Commercial Banks in Kenya. 10th Annual Academic and Business Conference, 23-24 May 2013. Kampala: Makerere University Business School. Kiragu, D.N., K.L.Wanjau, Gekara,G.M. & Kanali, C (May, 2013).

Factors Influencing Growth of Youth-Owned Enterprises in Kenya: A Survey of Eastlands, Nairobi County. 10th Annual Academic and Business Conference, 23-24 May 2013. Kampala: Makerere University Business School. Wairimu, N. & K.L.Wanjau (May, 2013).

Factors affecting Entrepreneurial Orientation of Rural Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs) in Kenya. 10th Annual Academic and Business Conference, 23-24 May 2013. Kampala: Makerere University Business School. Kingori,J.W. & K.L.Wanjau (May, 2013).

The role of SACCO in Growth of Youth Entrepreneurship in Kenya: A Case of Nairobi County. 10th Annual Academic and Business Conference, 23-24 May 2013.Kampala: Makerere University Business School. Mwangi,I.W. & K.L.Wanjau (May, 2013).

The Role of Quality Adoption in Growth and Management of Small and Medium Enterprises in Kenya. European Scientific Journal, Vol.9,No.7,312-348. K.L.Wanjau, Gakure R.W, Kahiri, J. & Magutu, P.O. (April, 2013).

The Effects of Board Characteristics on Microfinance Institutions Social Performance in Kenya. International Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Research, Vol 1,No.1, 19-34. Waithaka, S.M., Gakure R.W, & K.L.Wanjau (March, 2013).

Factors Affecting the Growth of Micro and Small Beef Enterprises in Kenya. Journal of Human Resource and Entrepreneurship Development, Vol.4, No.2, 41-51. K.L.Wanjau, Kibuchi, J.M., Wamuyu, S.N., Makongoso, M.O. & Wambugu, A.W. (November, 2012).

Factors affecting Growth of Collective Investment Schemes in Kenya. Journal of Human Resource and Entrepreneurship Development, Vol.4, No.2, 25-40. Gakure R.W., Karingithi, L.W. & K.L.Wanjau (November, 2012).

Factors Affecting Provision of Service Quality in the Public Health Sector: A Case of Kenyatta National Hospital. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science,Vol.2, No.13,pg.114-125. K.L.Wanjau, Wangare,B.M.. & Ayodo, E.M.A.(July, 2012).

Factors Affecting Adoption of Electronic Commerce Among Small and Medium Enterprises in Kenya: Survey of Tour and Travel Firms in Nairobi. International Journal of Business, Humanities and Technology,Vol.2, No.4, pg.76-91. K.L.Wanjau, Macharia,R.N. & Ayodo, E.M.A.(June, 2012).

Factors Influencing the Influx of Counterfeit Medicines in Kenya: A Survey of Pharmaceutical Importing Small and Medium Enterprises within Nairobi. International Journal of Business and Social Science, Vol.3, 11, pg 87-95. Muthiani, M. & Wanjau, K.L. (June 2012).

An Investigation into Competitive Intelligence Practices and their Effect on Profitability of Firms in Banking Industry: A Case of Equity Bank. International Journal of Business and Public Management, Vol.2 (2), pg.61-71. ISSN: 2223-6244. Wambui,M.H.,Wanjau, K.L.& Ayodo, E.M.A.(April, 2012).

The effects of Kaizen Practice on Organisation Performance: A survey of Firms Registered with Kenya association of Manufacturers. Journal of the Management University of Africa, Vol. 4, 18, pg. 165 – 173.ISSN 2074-4730. Wanjau, K. L., Gakure, R.W. & Tum, D. (March, 2012).

The role of Pension Schemes on Motivation of employees: A case of   Tuskys Supermarkets. Journal of the Management University of Africa, Vol. 4, 6, pg. 47-58. ISSN 2074-4730. Wagithi, W.C.,  Wanjau, K.L. & Odhiambo, A.D.M. (March , 2012)

Empirical Analysis of Factors Affecting Growth of Technology- Based Business Incubators in Kenya: The case of Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute. Journal of the Management University of Africa, Vol. 5, 8. Pg. 76-89.ISSN 2074-4730. Wanjau, K.L. & Ayodo, E.M.A. (March, 2012)

Assessment Analysis of the Relationship between ISO 9001 Certification and Performance of Manufacturing Firms in Nairobi. Journal of the management University of Africa, Vol. 5, 19, pg. 204-219. ISSN 2074-4730. Odhiambo, A.D.M. & Wanjau, K.L. (March, 2012)

Factors affecting Provision of service Quality in the Public Health Sector: A case of Kenyatta National Hospital. 1st International Research Conference, 12-14 October 2011. Nakuru: Kabarak University. Wangari, M.B., Ayodo, E.M.A, Wanjau, K.L & Odhiambo, A.D.M. (October, 2011)

Factors Affecting the adoption of Knowledge Management in State Parastatals in Kenya. Moi University 7th Annual International Conference, 6-10 September 2011. Eldoret: Moi University. Wanja, G.C. & Wanjau, K.L. (September, 2011).

The Effects of Interest Rate Spread on the Level of Non- Performance Loans: A Study of Commercial banks in Kenya. International Journal of Business and Public Management, 1 (1), 139-157. ISSN: 2218-6603. Wanjau, K. & Ng’etich, C. (March, 2011).

Effectiveness of vendor Managed Inventory Systems in Retail Supermarkets in Kenya. International Journal of Business and Public Management, 1 (1), 194-205. ISSN: 2218-6603. Irungu, B & Wanjau, K. (March, 2011).

The Role of Quality in Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises in Kenya. JKUAT Scientific, Technological and Industrialization Conference. Juja: Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Wanjau, K.L., R.W.Gakure & Kahiri, J. ( October, 2010).

Factors affecting growth and sustainability of Business Development Services in Kenya. JKUAT Scientific, Technological and Industrialization Conference, 26th-27th October 2006. Juja: Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Pg 422-436. ISBN 9966-923-28-4. Gakure,R.W. & Wanjau, K.L. ( October, 2006).