Supply Chain Management Essay
A Research Dissertation
GEORGE FREDERICK JACOBSON STUDENT NO. 94032512 B. TECH: PURCHASING MANAGEMENT
Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree
Faculty of Management Sciences
TSHWANE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Supervisor: Prof. J A Watkins
Pretoria 4 June 2007
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Immediately after taking office in 1994, Government initiated a series of budgetary and financial reforms in its attempt to modernise the management of the public sector to make it more people-friendly and sensitive to meeting the needs of the communities it serves. To this end, Cabinet resolved that the concept of supply chain management be introduced within the public sector to address the inefficiencies in government’s current method of procurement, contract management, inventory/asset control and obsolescence planning.
Although most institutions have commenced with a phased supply chain management implementation strategy, a number of challenges are experienced in this domain namely, the lack of the development of a detailed supply chain management implementation plan, establishment of bid specification/evaluation/adjudication committees, infrastructure, training of personnel, mind shift from ‘rule driven’ to ‘decision making’, just to name but a few.
The key research objective of this research study is to investigate the impact of supply chain management on