The Relationship Between Information Sharing and Quality Management in the Small and Medium Beef Enterprises in Kenya
Wanjau, Kenneth N.
Kibuchi, Joyce M.
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Research on organization economics reports a general trend towards information sharing in food supply chains. Business globalization and efficient communication via Information Technology, have forced food enterprises to turn towards a more cooperative behavior. While this change to cooperative data communication has occurred in other supply chains, it is not common in beef supply chains. Studies have shown that efficient coordination of chain information enables seamless traceability and harmonization of production processes between the various stages of the supply chains. There is substantial evidence documenting the effects of information sharing on SME growth and performance but adequate empirical evidence on the relationship between information sharing and quality management in the beef enterprises is lacking. This study sought to fill this knowledge gap. Simple random sampling was adopted and a semi-structured questionnaire was used to generate data from selected respondents in the beef sector in Kenya. Data was analyzed using structural equation modeling. Results showed a positive relationship between information sharing and quality management. Therefore, enterprises should ensure flow of information for quality products in a competitive global market.