Value Chain Management Practices And Supply Chain Performance Of Large Manufacturing Firms In Nairobi
Njuguna, Margaret M
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Firms exist in a dynamic environment that is unpredictable thus the need to efficiently and effectively of operations as they maintain consistency in ensuring value creation through the supply chain. Therefore this research seeks to explore on value chain management practices adopted by large manufacturing firms in Kenya and also determine the relationship between these practices and supply chain performance. The study outlines three categories of value chain management practices that include procuring and sourcing, operation excellence and supply chain design network and distribution. The large manufacturing firms differ in their scope of operation and therefore need to clearly identify their value chains and aim to manage them to ensure that value is created in the present and future undertakings The study targeted 46 large manufacturing firms in Nairobi but managed to get response from 35 firms. This represented 76% response rate. Data was collected using closed- ended questionnaires applying the 5 Likert point scale (See Appendix I). Data analysis was done using Microsoft Office Excel 2007 application and facts analyzed to give results. The findings of the study were that value chain management practices determine supply chain performance and that different firms adopt practices that best suit their sector in order to enhance supply chain performance. Sales maximization was the main supply chain performance measure that clearly brought to light the needs to ensure right practices are adopted leading to the conclusion that there is a relationship between value chain management practices and supply chain performance. Key Words: Value Chain Management Practices, Supply Chain, Performance, Manufacturing.
CitationNjuguna,Margaret M.;October,2013.Value Chain Management Practices And Supply Chain Performance Of Large Manufacturing Firms In Nairobi.
University of NairobiCollege of Humanities and Social Sciences