A STUDY ON THE IMPACT OF MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS ON MAINTENANCE CONDITION OF BUILT FACILITIES (CASE STUDY OF PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES IN KENYA)

Prior to the twentieth century maintenance was considered a necessary evil. Technology was
not in an advanced development, there was no alternative for avoiding failure. With advent of
technological changes and after the second World’s war, maintenance came to be considered
as an important function in any organization. The efficiency and effectiveness of the
maintenance system plays a pivotal role in the organization’s success and survivability.
Maintenance System used can very highly affect maintenance performance. The cost of
repairing in preventive mode is on average about three time s higher than the cost of repairing
in preventive mode and also has less performance than preventive mode. This is because
reactive maintenance does not tackle the root level of a problem and always results in
repetitive failure.
Many organizations tend to adopt the proactive maintenance philosophies since these
approaches are committed to long term improvement of maintenance management A factor
that can bring efficient maintenance management is the operational involvement since one of
the main causes of breakdowns comes from abusing operations and a lack of primary care
from the operators.
Maintenance works is an important function in organizations with significant investment in
physical assets and plays an important role in achieving organizational goals (Tsang, 2002). The
most important reason for implementing a maintenance management system is to measure
the value created by the maintenance process.
The effectiveness or failure of the maintenance management system may be judged by the
maintenance condition of the facilities. It is therefore imperative that the management system
adopted meets the predetermined standards from the outset. This study seeks to analyze management system adopted by public universities in Kenya with
the objective of establishing whether they have a bearing on the condition standards of built
facilities.

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