Miss Winnie Kamau

Research project: Textile supply chain in developing countries



Supply chain has advanced into higher levels whereby the contemporary supply chains are global and competitive when they are compared to how they used to be sometimes back. Current products in supply chains are distinguished by rapid production of new product through constant product research and development, product life cycles that are shorter, well informed, progressively more knowledgeable, and unforeseeable consumers. Supply chains improve customer value by means of integration of process design, customer perceptions, product design and superimposing supply chain structure design supported by information and transportation conduits. Such modifications have made supply chains to assume enhanced supply chain practices that can have a positive effect on performance in Kenya, where not more is known concerning supply chains. This paper focuses on supply chain management for textile industry in East Africa, especially Kenya. Regarding supply chain management, new organizational structural designs have begun to emerge, an end result of the strategic plan focusing on the integration into a Supply Chain.

The textile and apparel supply chain integration is well-known in the field of an extended enterprise and virtual enterprise as an extension and enhancement of exterior company management, which permits the primary flows of physical and information, within a customer orientation. The study puts emphasis on the particular case of the textile industry in Kenya. In this field, delegating or rather subcontracting has become all the time more significant. This entails the specialization of the firms involved, which, in turn, makes a change in the organizational models of the industry.

As a direct result, some firms are creating alliances comprised as networks of joint firms, which act as nodes in a Virtual Enterprise (VE), each of these contributing the most excellent part of its experience and knowledge. All operate directly with the customer showing the idea that the the textile and garment industry. That is the reason top management main focal point is to institute an effectual supply chain management system. Supply Chain Management is the procedure of managing and organizing firm's capital, the shifting of resources or capital from one division to the next division, one area to another area, one section to the next section, and one segment to the next segment. Movement of the firm endowments is in a way that the firm's critical resources are available at the correct place, at the correct time, with sufficient amount, where the procedure cost is in smallest amount. This paper brings a wide notion of supply chain management in textile and garment industry.

Keywords: supply chain management, textile and apparel industry, extended /virtual enterprises

consumer is dealing with a single firm.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Textile supply chain in developing countries
  • Other research supervisor: Professor Alex Hill


I am a Supply Chain Professional, a holder of a Master's degree in International Business with 10 years of hands on experience in quality assurance ,human resource management ,implementing and managing diverse programmes in both humanitarian and development contexts, mostly in Africa. My thematic areas of expertise include Expanding International opportunities between African countries and the British Market,Public Service, Public Health Nutrition, Organisational Development ,and HIV/AIDS programming.My skills set also include programme outcome and impact evaluation as well as quality improvement. I am a writer with extensive experience in writing blogs, project proposals, poetry and other analytical reports. I am  also an accomplished trainer with skills in undertaking training needs assessments, developing training modules/manuals, conducting trainings and providing administration .Above all I am very keen to learn and acquire new skills.

Areas of research interest

  • Textile supply chain in developing countries
  • Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Circular Economy of Apparel Supply Chain Based on UN Sustainable Development Goals


  • Ms International Business Administration , Keele University
  • BA Supply Chain Management , Kenya Methodist University
  • Pre Doctorate Programme -Kaplan International
  • Dip Human Resource Management, University of Nairobi
  • Cert Oracle Data base , Institute of Advanced Technology
  • Cert Quickbooks, Institute of Advanced Technology
  • Cert Bloomberg , Keele University
  • Cert SQL, Institute of Advanced Technology