Procurement management as a strategic tool for achieving organizational goals: a case study of Ga East Municipal Assembly

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The study examined how procurement management can function as a strategic tool towards achieving organizational goals with Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA) as the study area. The study also set out to examine the strategic procurement practices being employed by Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA) to achieve its organizational goals, investigate the effectiveness of the supplier base of GEMA which enables it to achieve its organizational goals, ascertain the adequacy of human capital being used by GEMA to drive its procurement functions towards meeting the organizational goal as well as identify the constraints to the procurement function of GEMA that militate against meeting organizational goals. In conducting the study, the researcher adopted the purposive sampling or judgmental technique to solicit the requisite information from the officials and management members of GEMA whose core functions entail executing various shades of procurement activities. The questionnaire technique was employed as the research instrument while Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) enabled the researcher to analyse data captured from the field. Findings of the study indicated that procurement management could facilitate the achievement of corporate objective when procurement practices ensure that value for money is always achieved in the organizations procurement activities. The study further noted that procurement could contribute to the attainment of competitive advantage when transaction costs associated with purchasing goods and services as well as their prices are conveniently reduced. Recommendations made called upon local government directorate to continuously build the capacity of procurement officials and suppliers on development of the National Procurement Law so as to shore up their competences and capacities for discharging their procurement responsibilities. This way, prudent procurement activities can be conducted so as to enable GEMA use its procurement function to achieve corporate objectives. The study concluded that procurement practices at GEMA are highly influenced by the National Procurement Law (NPL) in that the provisions of the law define the various elements in the supply chain management thereby keeping the organization on track toward achieving its procurement and other institutional objective.  
A thesis submitted to the Department of Building Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of MSc degree in Procurement Management, 2014