International Journal of Innovative Social Sciences & Humanities Research 3(2):69-85, April-June 2015


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EFFECT OF SUPPLIER MANAGEMENT PRACTICES ON SUPPLY CHAIN PERFORMANCE AMONG STATE CORPORATIONS IN KENYA: CASE STUDY OF THE KENYA MEDICAL SUPPLIES AUTHORITY



1KIPLAGAT Jepkogei Janet & David KIARIE2
1M.Sc Scholar Procurement and Logistics, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya
2Lecturer, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya

ABSTRACT
This research project was set to determine the effect of supplier management practices on supply chain performance among State Corporations in Kenya. Managing suppliers is a large part of the job of supply chain professionals. Suppliers are key stakeholders in any firmís supply chain since they form a key component of the upstream supply chain partners. Most researchers have looked at supplier management in one dimension, that is, the focus has been on individual aspects of supplier management, for example; supplier relations management, supplier evaluation and supplier selection. This study sought to determine the effect of supplier management practices on supply chain performance of state corporations in Kenya. A census study was conducted and questionnaires were used to obtain data in a bid to answer the following research questions; What is the effect of supplier identification practices on supply chain performance among state corporations?; What is the effect of supplier evaluation and selection practices on supply chain performance among state corporations?; What is the effect of supplier performance measurement practices on supply chain performance among state corporations?; What is the effect of supplier relationship management practices on supply chain performance among state corporations? A total 24 KEMSA employees were surveyed yielding a response rate of 85.7%. The study revealed that supply chain performance was significantly influenced by supplier selection and supplier performance measurement. The study recommended: proper protection of public institution from false information offered by suppliers, augmenting of supplier performance measurement and supplier relationship management practices as well as setting structure to minimize political interference during supplier identification and selection.
Keywords: supplier management, supply chain, medical supplies,