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Internal barriers to supply chain management implementation in a South African traditional university

Mamokgadi Z. Masete, Chengedzai Mafini
Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management | Vol 12 | a389 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jtscm.v12i0.389 | © 2018 MAMOKGADI ZEBA MASETE, Chengedzai Mafini | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 March 2018 | Published: 31 July 2018

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Mamokgadi Z. Masete, Graduate School of Business Leadership, University of South Africa, South Africa
Chengedzai Mafini, Department of Logistics, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa


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Abstract

Background: The demand for higher education in South Africa continues to increase, placing pressure on public higher education institutions to satisfy this demand. Supply chain management is one of the practices that may be implemented to ensure that public universities improve their operations and can, therefore, meet the increased demand for higher education in the country.

Objectives: This study aimed to explore the barriers to the implementation of supply chain management practices at a South African public university.

Method: The study used a qualitative case study approach using a sample of 17 members of management and staff at a South African traditional university in the Limpopo Province. Data were collected using a combination of a focus group discussion and semi-structured in-depth interviews.

Results: The study generated eight themes that embody the barriers to the implementation of supply chain management at the institution. These themes were labelled as stakeholder buy-in, knowledge of supply chain management, supply chain systems and processes, procurement policy and practices, implementation of supply chain management, stakeholder change management, human resource management and organisational culture.

Conclusion: Various internal barriers impair the implementation of supply chain management practices at the institution. Administration at the institution has invested limited resources, time and initiatives to ensure the successful implementation of supply chain management. The focus should be directed to finding lasting solutions to each of the barriers identified in this study. Further studies should address the issue of external barriers to supply chain management in public higher education institutions.

Keywords

supply chain management; barriers; public sector; traditional university; higher education institution

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