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Call Number (WOU) SP CEMBA 2016 32
Author Lim, Kean Seng
Title A study on vendor procurement as antecedent towards supply chain competencies: empirical assessment on small medium scale enterprises. / Lim Kean Seng.
Abstract The rapid technology advancement and globalization have changed the business world operation philosophy from individual organization excellent to the supply chain performance excellent. As the result, supply chain management becomes one of the critical success factors for excellent in business performance. Several research studies were conducted to explore the aspect that influencing supply chain performance and competencies from different aspects and perspectives. The supply chain management is concerning the overall value stream processes occurring from suppliers till customers. Most of the Multi-Nationals Company (MNC) starts to connect with the subcontractors or suppliers which are usually SMEs in order to outsource those non-core competencies works so that the precious company resources are focusing on the company core competencies and hence to improve the company competitive advantage. This research study is aligned with the current business trend; it is to identify the SMEs organizational capabilities which have significant influence to the vendor procurement preferences as antecedent towards supply chain competencies. Five key dimensions of organizational capabilities were studied upon its influence toward vendor procurement preferences and supply chain competencies. A cross-sectional research design approach was employed and the primary data were collected through online self-completion questionnaire. The pilot test was conducted to ensure the survey questionnaire appropriateness prior to main data collection. 200 respondents were targeted but only 58 respondents completed the questionnaire where the response rate was only around 29% from across different demographic profiles. The results from survey showed that the five identified organizational capabilities (i.e. company core competencies, marketing strategy, company information management system, company social responsibility compliance and technological innovation) have significant influence to the supply chain competencies. The mediation effect of vendor procurement preferences between organizational capabilities and supply chain competencies were tested by using hierarchical regression analysis. From the multiple regression analysis, company information management system and company social responsibility compliance are found to be the two most significant predictors to supply chain competencies. Besides that, Hierarchical Regression analysis discovered that the company social responsibility compliance intervened the impact of vendor procurement system towards supply chain competencies in SMEs at Penang Malaysia. This research study has implied that the SMEs should putting effort to the identified organization capabilities in order to improve the supply chain competencies. The SMEs should prioritize on the company information management system and technological innovation because these two dimensions have most significant influence to supply chain competencies. The strong and advance information management system would be able to improve the communication effectiveness and efficiency hence reduce the non-value added activities and improve the time to market or production cycle time. The technological innovation would help to improve the service or product quality and hence to gain the competitive advantage in the industry. Research limitations such as sampling method and sampling size were explained and the improvement proposals were elucidated for example: to use quota sampling with snowball sampling for similar research in future. The results from research study have provided answers to the research questions, and meeting the research objectives to understand the vendor procurement system being the antecedent, mediating SME organizational capabilities towards higher level supply chain competencies. Future study could explore into how the environmental policies moderates the impact of vendor procurement system and extending to broader Malaysia and ASEAN SMEs.
Notes Final project report submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Business Administration (CeMBA)
Publisher/Year Penang : School of Business and Administration, Wawasan Open University, 2016
Physical Description 1 online resource ( 202 pages) : illustrations, text file, PDF.
Subject Supply chain management
Subject Information technology

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