Title: The relationship between supply chain strategies and supply chain performance among large-scale manufacturing firms: the moderating effect of supply chain technology

Authors: Peterson Obara Magutu; Isaac Meroka Mbeche; James Muranga Njihia; Richard Bitange Nyaoga

Addresses: Department of Management Science, School of Business, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya ' Department of Management Science, School of Business, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya ' Department of Management Science, School of Business, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya ' Department of Accounting, Finance and Management Science, Egerton University, Kenya

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the moderating role of supply chain technology in the relationship between supply chain strategies and supply chain performance. A sample of 138 firms was drawn using proportionate sampling from a total population of 627 large scale manufacturing firms in Kenya firms. The descriptive statistics, reliability and validity tests of the constructs, correlation analysis and factor analysis and regression analysis models were used to test the hypotheses. The study findings indicate that there is a very strong significant relationship between supply chain strategies, supply chain technology, and firm supply chain performance outcome whereby the supply chain strategies and supply chain technology explain 92.9% of the changes in the firm's supply chain performance outcome. This study cleared a number of contradictions to support the position that firms should invest in supply chain configurations and technologies that lead to improved service delivery accompanied with enhanced operational and supply performance.

Keywords: supply chain management; SCM; supply chain strategies; supply chain technology; SCT; supply chain performance; large-scale manufacturing; manufacturing industry; Kenya; service delivery; operational performance.

DOI: 10.1504/EMJM.2016.078848

EuroMed Journal of Management, 2016 Vol.1 No.2, pp.123 - 148

Available online: 26 Aug 2016 *

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