Supply chain management practices and competitiveness in the national government of Kenya: a case study of Ruiru sub-county
The overall objective of this study was to evaluate supply chain management practices as a source of competitiveness in the national Government of Kenya in Ruiru subcounty. The specific objectives of this study were to establish supply chain management practices used by the national government, determine the relationship between supply chain management practices and competitiveness in the national government and describe the challenges of supply chain management practices faced by the national Government of Kenya in Ruiru sub-county. Primary data was collected using questionnaires and was summarized, edited, coded, tabulated and analyzed. The data was analyzed using percentages, means, standard deviations and frequencies. The information was also represented by use of bar charts, graphs and pie charts and in prose-form. These measures were used to describe the characteristics of the collected data. Correlation and multiple linear regression were used to establish the degree of associations among the study variables. From the research findings, misinformed advocacy groups, lack of clear definitions, incomparable environmental information and awareness of marketing and sales were the impediments of information technology factors that were influencing supply chain management practices. The recommendations are mainly to the Kenyan Government. Kenyan Government needs to expand supply chain management, integrating the bulk of the country’s population into profitable supply chains that satisfy these demands, and investment in areas of technical production, public market infrastructure, and the legal and regulatory environment.