Leadership ethical orientations, mindfulness and procurement contract performance in the COMESA central governments, Prof. Joseph Ntayi, Prof. Pascal Ngoboka, Isaac Ndahiro and Dr. Sarah Eyaa
Prof. Joseph Mpeera Ntayi, Dr. Sarah Eyaa
Faculty of Computing and Management Science
Makerere University Business School, Kampala
Prof. Pascal Ngoboka
College of Business and Economics
University of Wisconsin River Falls, River Falls, Wisconsin
Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Lusaka
Purpose: In this study, the authors seek to examine the prevalence and relationships between constructs of mindfulness, task autonomy, inter‐functional coordination, teamwork, contract implementation and monitoring which have been largely ignored or not fully explored in previous empirical research; and attempt to use them to predict contract performance.
Design/methodology/approach: The paper uses descriptive and analytical research designs guided by multi‐methods qualitative and quantitative research approaches to collect and analyze data predicting contract performance in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member states. Data was collected from a representative sample of ten countries and subsequent sampling was done at the government ministries. Contracts were the unit of analysis as suggested by Brousseau and Glachant.
Findings: The study findings reveal that deontology, mindfulness procurement task performance, competence of the procurement staff, inter‐functional coordination and teamwork, mindfulness, task autonomy, inter‐functional coordination, teamwork, contract implementation and monitoring for contract implementation and monitoring significantly and positively predict contract performance. Contrary to the authors’ expectation, teleology ethical orientation and autonomy of procurement staff significantly and negatively predicted contract performance. These findings have both policy and managerial implications which the authors present.
Originality/value: Lastly, the authors recognize the virtue of ethical orientation of PDE leadership which resides in deontology and teleology that has been largely ignored in previous contract performance research. Paralleling previous empirical studies, the study brings together constructs of mindfulness, task autonomy, inter‐functional coordination and teamwork, contract implementation and monitoring in predicting contract performance in a large regional sub‐Saharan market of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
Keywords: Uganda; Contracts; Mindfulness; Leadership; Autonomy; Teamwork; Monitoring.
Citation: Mpeera Ntayi, J., Ngoboka, P., Ndahiro, I. and Eyaa, S. (2013), "Leadership ethical orientations, mindfulness and procurement contract performance in the COMESA central governments", World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 9 No. 2/3, pp. 87-110. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJEMSD-02-2013-0020