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    Supplier appraisal on organization performance: A case study of Nkumba University-Nkumba Campus
    (College of Economics and Management, 2017-05) Apolot, Partricia
    This study was based on Supplier Appraisal on Organization Performance: A Case Study of Nkumba University- Nkumba Campus. It focused on critically to assess the relationship between supplier appraisal and performance of Nkumba University, with the following specific objectives. (i) To establish the methods of supplier appraisal used at Nkumba University. (ii) To examine the relevancy of supplier appraisal on performance of Nkumba University. (iii) To assess the challenges in conducting supplier appraisal at Nkurnba University and possible remedies. (iv) To examine the relationship between supplier appraisal and performance of Nkurnba University. The researcher used both a descriptive cross sectional survey design which included both qualitative and quantitative method of data collection, the quantitative method was used to collect numerical data in form of numbers representing particular facts or measurements which helped the researcher to obtain information from respondents in depth. The Findings sought to identify the role of supplier appraisal on performance of an organization. From the findings, it was found that supplier appraisal contributes a great role towards the performance of an organization. Largely, supplier appraisal should be conducted before and after a contract is awarded or an order is placed to the provider. However, from the research findings, there is a need to improve on supplier appraisal to ensure effective supplier performance and performance of an organization. And from the findings of the study and conclusions drawn, The results in this research study showed a positive relationship towards supplier appraisal and performance of an organization from respondents. Majority of respondents showed that they conduct supplier appraisal to assess the performance of suppliers of goods and services to ensure effective performance of the organization. They indicated that, supplier appraisal has contributed much on performance of Nkumba University in terms of quality and delivery. And the recommendations revealed that on the findings, Nkumba University should strengthen the procurement department by increasing on number of personnel in procurement department to ensure effective supplier appraisal and procurement activities. The organization needs to focus on creating long-term relationship with suppliers mainly those of core items such as stationary and technical supplies for example computer services. There is also a need to improve on communication system to facilitate information flow and reduce on costs of communication. This may be through adopting electronic means such as e-procurement to facilitate procurement transactions.
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    Financial management and performance of second northern Uganda Social Action Fund: A case of Bududa district local government
    (College of Economics and Management, 2019-03) Naluweeka, Esther
    This study was conducted on financial management and performance of Second Northern Uganda social action fund case study: Bududa district local government. This study was guided by the following objectives: to examine how Budgeting affects the performance of Nusaf2 in Bududa district local government, to establish how accountability and Good governance may enhance the performance of Nusaf2 in Bududa district local government, to examine the extent to which financial reporting and disclosure enhance the performance of Nusaf2 in Bududa District local government. The researcher used a cross sectional survey design and the data collection techniques used was the questionnaires and interview guides, methodological triangulation was used to collect both qualitative and quantitative data. The following results were obtained out of the study. There was a significant effect of budgeting on the performance of Nusaf2 represented by r (0.522 (p= 0.000). whether Nusaf2 drafts annual budgets it was found that 17.1%, 27.6%, 4.1%, 46.5%, 4.7%, respectively strongly agreed, agreed, were neutral, strongly disagreed, disagreed to this aspect. Whether the budget is discussed by the top managers before execution, the following results were obtained: 14.1%, 27.6%, 1.2%, 44.7%, 12.4%, respectively strongly agreed, agreed were neutral, strongly disagreed and disagreed. Whether there was autonomy in decisions made on allocation of findings to different projects. Whether each project accounted for their expenditures independently, the results from the field study were as follows: 19.4%, 18.2%, 7.6%, 37.1%, 17.6% respectively strongly agreed, agreed, were neutral, strongly disagreed and disagreed to this aspect. Regarding to whether each project under Nusaf2 operates according to work plans: 30%, 30%, 12.4%, 24.1%, 3,5%, respectively strongly agreed, agreed, were neutral, strongly disagreed and disagreed. Regarding objective three: on whether financial reports are evaluated by external agencies, it was found that 8.2%, 11.2%, 20.6%, 55.3%, 4.7%, respectively strongly agreed, agreed, were neutral, strongly disagreed, disagreed on this aspect. Whether there was a standard way through which financial reports are made and also to show their level of efficiency, the results obtained from the study were as follows: 43.5%, 22.4%, 15.3%, 18.2%, 0.6%, respectively strongly agreed, agreed, were neutral, strongly disagreed, disagreed. Whether Nusaf2 are evaluated depending on the reports, the results were as follows: 47.6%, 18.8%, 12.9%, 19.4%, 1.2%, respectively strongly agreed, agreed, was neutral, strongly disagreed, disagreed. The study recommended that there is need for proponents of Nusaf2 project to develop comprehensive budgeting strategies aimed at critically indicating the core overall intentions of Nusaf2 project. There is a requirement by Nusaf2 proponents to carry out sensitization of the beneficiaries on the importance of the project, its intended objectives and how they can actively participate in the project. Nusaf2 should focus on the training of its staff on the appropriate reporting protocols.
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    Antecedents of statistics anxiety in a higher education system
    (Department of Economics and Applied Statistics, College of Economics and Management Sciences, Kampala International University, 2018-08) Mwebesa, Edson; Sumil, Novembrieta; Musinguzi, Danson
    This study contended that learning statistics and its rudiments were perceived as complicated compared to some other courses offered at the university level. Further, this investigation contested the existence of statistics anxiety among postgraduate students in an in-site university setting. Relationships and differences were determined in this study utilizing the constructs of antecedents of statistics anxiety namely academic procrastination, perfectionism, and gender. The objectives were (1) to establish the relationship between academic procrastination and statistics anxiety; (2) to find out the relationship between perfectionism and statistics anxiety; and (3) to investigate the differences between gender and statistics anxiety. The data from randomly selected 136 postgrad students (Kampala International University, Uganda) referring to dispositional (procrastination and perfectionism) and environmental antecedents (gender) and statistics anxiety were scientifically elicited, processed and analyzed utilizing the quantitativepost positivist’s research paradigm model. The findings revealed a positive but insignificant relationship between academic procrastination and statistics anxiety; a significant adverse correlation between perfectionism and statistics anxiety; an insignificant positive correlation existed between gender and statistics anxiety, and differences in statistics anxiety between the female and male students existed. Notably from the results then, academic procrastination did not significantly affect the students’ statistics anxiety; the students with higher levels of perfectionism tended to have lower levels of statistics anxiety while the levels of statistics anxiety among the female students were slightly greater than that of the male students.