|The ability to implement strategies successfully is important to any organization. Numerous
studies acknowledge that strategies frequently fail not because of inadequate formulation but
because of insufficient implementation. Strategy implementation has been a major problem to
managers of big organizations. In order to create a strategic plan organizations spend a lot of
money, personal and other resources. Studies and researchers have shown that big organizations
have had problems in implementing their strategic plans and in some occasions they have
completely failed. The objective of this research was to identify the various factors that influence
strategic plan implementation, asses the extent to which each of the identified factors contribute
to successful implementation of strategic plans and determine the level of strategic plan
implementation in SACCOs. A population of 72 respondents was targeted consisting of board of
directors, the supervisory board, the senior managers and middle level managers drawn from all
the fifteen (15) branches of Murata SACCO. A response rate of 89% was achieved. The opinions
of the targeted respondents were sought by the use of a structured questionnaire. The
questionnaire was designed in such a was as to capture the respondents perception and opinion
on various factors influencing strategic plan implementation in savings and credit cooperatives.
Both descriptive and inferential analysis techniques were used to analyze and interpret the data.
The main findings of the study revealed that each of the identified factors i.e. strategic
leadership, human capital, organizational structure, information technology and organizational
culture have some significant influence on implementation of strategic plans, however strategic
leadership had the greatest influence on strategic plan implementation in SACCOs. The
researcher recommends that for effective implementation of strategic plans adequate training of
SACCO leadership should be performed since problems of implementation are really issues
about how leaders influence behaviors, change the course of events, and overcome resistance.
All SACCO staff should be actively involved in every step of the strategic plan implementation.