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Article no.

This article is written on the Role of Buyer-Supplier Relationship on Supply Chain Performance
in the Energy Sector in Kenya: A Survey of Kenya Power and Geothermal Development
Companies. The article discusses Effective buyer -supplier relationships are founded on three
critical elements, information sharing, trust and partnership initiatives. The study revealed the
supplier relations of Kenya Power and GDC in relation to the three elements and their effect on
supply chain performance. Descriptive research design was used which accurately described the
association between variables minimizing bias while maximizing the reliability of the data.
Using descriptive and inferential statistics the collected data was analyzed with the aid of
statistical package for social sciences. The past 20 years has seen a significant shift in supply
chain management, particularly with respect to the manner in which buying firms and suppliers
interrelate. Buyer Supplier Relationship (BSR) is a pre-determined one-to-one relationship
between a buyer and a supplier that is supported by electronic commerce technologies. It links
the partners in a supply chain as well as the interdependence between firms in the whole supply
chain process. At most times, business firms and organizations work together to ensure they get
competitive advantage. For these firms to run well together in the supply chain, there ought to be
clear flow of information between them. This article also provides key insights to study and
determine the effect of the supply chain management strategies (the buyer-supplier trust,
partnership initiatives, and information sharing) on the profitability of the companies. This will
show the extent to which the variables affect the entire organization.

Article no. 2

This article provides a conceptual framework to study the impact of buyer-supplier relationship
and purchasing process on the supply chain performance. Supply chain performance is a rapidly
developing area of research. Many companies are trying to find tools for enhancing performance
measures in response to turbulent business markets and for efficiently controlling their business
activities. Little empirical research has been conducted on the performance of retail supply chain
in Taiwan and other Asian countries. Two factors affecting current retail supply chains, buyer-
supplier relationships and purchasing processes, and their antecedents that are relevant to this
unique cultural environment will be investigated. Future the article discusses the
interrelationships among the factors influencing the supply chain performance in Taiwan. The
buyer-supplier relationships and purchasing process with international suppliers and local
suppliers will be compared based on various key performance measures. Finally, the article also
presents in this research a model that can be applied to footwear sector and fashion or apparel
business, and can be extended to the other Chinese-culture territories such as China, Hong Kong,
and Macao.