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Collaborative relationships and SME supply chain performance

Sarah Eyaa, Joseph M. Ntayi and Sheila Namagembe, Makerere University, Uganda

Abstract: SMEs especially those in developing countries face a number of challenges that affect their performance and survival in the long run. One of the challenges that has not been widely explored is that of SME supply chain performance. This study attempts to examine the relationship between collaborative relationships and SME supply chain performance in Uganda. SME supply chain performance is an important area because SMEs account for a large percentage of the private sector. Our study established that collaborative relationships explained 29.5% of the variation in SME supply chain performance. Information sharing and incentive alignment were found to be significant predictors of SME supply chain performance while decision synchronization was not a signification predictor. These findings are important and raise implications for theory and managers of SMEs in Uganda.
Keywords: supply chain collaboration, supply chain performance, SMEs, Uganda