The Effect of Decision Making Autonomy of Employees on Organizational Performance: the case of Commercial Bank of Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


Employees are the fuel that runs the engine of the organization and it is believed that their autonomy in the decision-making process plays a vital role in the organizational performance. It leads to lost man hours among others which adversely affect the fortunes of the organization. This study, therefore, sought to determine the effect of employee autonomy as a management tool in decision-making and its implementation in organizations by determining the extent to which employees are granted autonomy in decision-making and the consequences of such action on implementation of decisions. The type of research design for this study is exploratory method and it relied on primary information. The research findings suggested that employee autonomy in decision-making contributes to effective decision implementation and also creates an enabling environment for creativity and growth as employees see themselves as stakeholders and owners of the decision-making implementation. It was also revealed from the research that when employees see themselves as not being part of the decision-making process, they become dissatisfied and apathetic which is likely to adversely affect organizational performance. It is recommended that employees’ views are sought on matters that affect their lives and work and they should also be empowered to take decisions through which they will have a sense of self-worth and a feeling of belonging that will make them give of their best in the organization



Decision making autonomy, Control