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Amina Kemei

Masters Student, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya


This research focuses on the effects of strategic sourcing in supply chain management in selected public universities in Nakuru County. This is because there has been a great concern in many public institutions due ineffective strategic sourcing in supply management hindering productivity and service delivery. The specific objectives of the study were establish the effect of strategies sourcing policies in supply chain management; to determine the effect of ICT adoption in strategic sourcing on supply chain management; to determine the effects of strategic operating processes in enhancing supply chain management and to establish strategic sourcing related challenges faced by public universities. The study adopted descriptive design to describe the effects of strategic sourcing on supply chain management. The target population and sample was from Procurement staff from in the public universities in Nakuru County. The study adopted census technique in selecting all the procurement staff to participate in the study.  Descriptive statistics: mode, mean, frequencies and percentages as well as inferential statistics, Pearson correlation analysis were used in data analysis. The study found out that although strategic sourcing was moderately applied, the use of strategic sourcing significantly improved supply chain management especially in terms of cost, lead time and quality of goods procured. Organizational factors which include bureaucracies in operations and procurement legislations presented major obstacles to the full implementation of strategic sourcing in public universities. The study, therefore, recommends for public universities to conduct organizational scanning, establishing the most appropriate strategic sourcing tools that could be used to enhance efficiency in supply chain management and implementing them accordingly. University administrations should create an enabling environment for innovation that enhances adoption of various elements of strategic sourcing.

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