Influence of Ethical Sourcing Practices on Performance of Teachers Service Commission of Kenya

  • Chimakati Fredrick Mutsoli Mount Kenya University
  • Jackson Ndolo Mount Kenya University

Abstract

Ethical sourcing practices are acceptable standards that professionals in the supply chain management should adopt to ensure sustainable institutional operations. There is more emphasis on ethical sourcing in Kenyans public procurement system since the enactment of the new constitution 2010. However, sourcing in the commission is marked with unethical practices. These ethical malpractices may damage the state agencies’ performance; undermine public confidence in governments’ leadership and governance. The purpose of the study was to analyze the influence of ethical sourcing practices on performance of Teachers Service Commission of Kenya. The study's objectives were to examine the influence of transparency practices on TSC performance, assess influence of integrity practices on performance of TSC and, to evaluate influence of accountability practices on performance of TSC. The study was guided by three theories namely: Deontological theories-Kantian ethics, Teleological theories-utilitarianism and Dynamic capabilities theory. The target population comprised of 1351 TSC secretariat staff from among seven TSC directorates and Supply Chain Management Services (SCMS). Stratified proportionate sampling was used to select a sample of 239 employees. A descriptive research design was adopted in the study. Data was collected using a semi - structured questionnaire. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze the data. Presentation was in form of percentages, frequencies, and tables. Key findings of study included: A response rate of 96.2 % was realized found to be adequate and sufficient to undertake data analysis. Majority of the respondents strongly agreed that the commission had embraced ethical sourcing practices (Transparency, integrity and accountability) and had consequently improved its customer’s satisfaction levels. The study recommends adoption of ethical sourcing practices by organizations so as to optimize their operations. The researcher recommends a similar study on other organizations both private and public based on the study’s findings, shareholders, management and policy makers in the public service sector and other sectors can make informed decisions on the ethics and organization performance. To uphold research ethics, permission to collect data was sought from the University, NACOSTI as well as Teachers’ service commission.

Keywords: Transparency Practices, Integrity Practices, Accountability Practices, Teachers Service Commission

Author Biographies

Chimakati Fredrick Mutsoli, Mount Kenya University

Post graduate Student, Master of Science in Procurement and Supplies (MSc P&S), Mount Kenya University

June, 2019

Jackson Ndolo, Mount Kenya University

Lecturer, Mount Kenya University

References

Barney, J., Ketchen, D., & Wright, M. (2011). The Future of Resource-Based Theory. Journal of Management, 37(5), 1299-1315.

Basheka, B. C. (2010). Procurement Planning and Accountability of Local Government Procurement Systems in Developing Countries: Evidence from Uganda. Journal of Public Procurement, 8(3), 379-406.

Baumane-Vitolina, I., Cals, I., & Sumilo, E. (2016). Is Ethics Rational? Teleological, Deontological and Virtue Ethics Theories Reconciled in the Context of Traditional Economic Decision Making. Procedia Economics and Finance, 39(2016), 108-114.

Cullen, A. J., & Webster, M. (2007). A model of B2B e-commerce, based on connectivity and purpose. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 27(2), 205-25.

Harzing, A.W. (2010). An empirical analysis and extension of the Bartlett and Ghoshal typology of multinational companies, Journal of International Business Studies, 31(1), 101-20.

Kant, I. 1780 (1965). The Metaphysical Elements of Justice: Part I of the Metaphysics of Morals, J. Ladd (trans.), Indianapolis: Hackett Pub. Co.

Krejcie, R. V., & Morgan, D. W. (1970). Table of Determining Sample Size for Research Activities. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 3(7), 23-78.

Leonard-Barton, D. (Summer 1992). Core capabilities and core rigidities: A Paradox in new product development. Strategic Management Journal, 13, 111-126.

Mathenge, G. D., (2012). Ethical dimensions in responsible professionalism and accounting procedures in Kenya: a critical analysis of theory and practice. Research Journal of Finance and Accounting, 3(2), 58-69.

Mill, John Stuart. 1861. Utilitarianism. Text collated with those of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd eds, and that in Fraser’s Magazine. In The Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, vol. X, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1985.

Nyamu, R. (2012). An Overview of Fraud and Money Laundering in the East Africa Financial Services Industry. Deloitte Forensic.

Okoth, G. K. (2011). Potential response of tea production to climate change in Kericho County (Doctoral dissertation). University of Nairobi, Nairobi.

Okwiri, V. (2012). Codes of conduct as contraction of the abuse of consultant with orders: A perspective from the theory of commission. Journal of Procurement Ethics.

PPOA (2010) Public Officers’ Integrity Survey. Nairobi: PPOA Kenya Gazette Supplement No. 92 (2006) the Public Procurement and Disposal Regulations. Nairobi: Government of Kenya.

Rottig, D., Koufteros, X., & Umphress, E. (2011). Formal Infrastructure and Ethical Decision Making: An Empirical Investigation and Implications for Supply Management. Decision Sciences, 42(1), 163–204.

Sacconi, L. (2010) Codes of ethics as contraction constraints of the abuse of authority with hierarchies: A perspective from the theory of firm. Journal of Business Ethics, 21(2/3), 189-202.
Published
2020-04-06
How to Cite
Mutsoli, C., & Ndolo, J. (2020). Influence of Ethical Sourcing Practices on Performance of Teachers Service Commission of Kenya. Journal of Procurement & Supply Chain, 4(1), 38 - 54. Retrieved from https://stratfordjournals.org/journals/index.php/journal-of-procurement-supply/article/view/487
Section
Articles