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Shaping the Future of Africa through Research

AISCR is a leading institute for knowledge development within supply chain management and to continuously develop excellence in research. Supply chain management is pervasive and touches every aspect of our lives. At AISCR, we supports national priorities through supply chain research both in the public and private sectors. Our research findings inspires leaders with profound discovery and executable strategies to shape the future of Africa. AISCR research findings are bias-free, disciplined, and executable.

Join the AISCR team of researchers to shape the future of Africa!

Our research partners

We develop new knowledge and share our expertise with the continent.

AISCR’s research is conducted by a network of supply chain researcher in universities in collaboration with supply chain executives in industry. AISCR helps these researchers develop and obtain funding for research, administer and execute these projects and disseminate the results of the research.

Our methodology

Working directly with our partners, AISCR adopts a problem-centred approach to research. We engage aspiring organisations and institutions where our research ideas and innovation are valuable to promote economic and societal value. We engage across sectors and disciplines through our network, to embed and develop customer responsive supply chain theory into practical and desirable research solutions. AISCR’s research is carried under the auspices of the various subject leaders of supply chain management. The subject leaders provide intellectual leadership and quality control for the various projects. Within the overall AISCR research network, there are smaller networks, each focusing on a particular research topic. Our researchers also collaborate through “Working Groups” – smaller, ad hoc groups of researchers who work on particular topics in different countries in the continent. AISCR research are conducted in the form of:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Case studies
  • Surveys
  • In-depth qualitative & quantitative research
  • Market analysis

Types of Research

  • Feasibility studies
  • Case studies
  • Surveys
  • In-depth qualitative & quantitative research
  • Market analysis

Research focus areas

  • Supply chains
  • Procurement
  • Public procurement (government procurement)
  • Logistics
  • Transport
  • Operations and production management

Industries and Sectors

At AISCR, our cutting edge research solutions are applicable in a wide range of industries and sectors in the public and private sectors as follows:

Government & public service

  • Departments & entities
  • State owned companies
  • Municipalities & entities
  • Donor & international organisations

Private services

  • Education
  • Banking & financial services
  • Health care and life services
  • Retail and consumer services
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Transport
  • Mining
  • Energy
  • Agriculture
  • Oil and gas


  • High budget is allocated in procurement and supply chain management.
  • SCM strategic impact is underrated and it is not accorded the professional education accreditation status it deserves.
  • Few universities (of the 26 state universities) in South Africa and the African continent offer SCM degrees especially research-based masters and doctoral degrees.
  • Professional organisations and institutes focusing on SCM research are limited.
  • No Clear career path in SCM



Technological challenges

  • Inadequate information systems
  • Inefficient planning and forecasting tool
  • Incur high costs when replacing obsolete assembly/manufacturing tools

Infrastructural challenges

  • Unsustainable infrastructure
  • Rail transport is unreliable
  • Increased road freight volumes
  • Delays at ports

Cost challenges

  • High fuel costs affect our operating cost
  • High operating costs
  • Incur high costs at South African ports
  • High prices of materials/components

Market/service challenges

  • Difficult finding new markets
  • Improve service level

Relationship challenges

  • Strategic suppliers & customers

Production/skills challenges

  • Lack of skills and capacity
  • Labour problems
  • Strategic importance of supply chain management in government is not well understood, managed and implemented.
  • Lack of proper knowledge
  • Lack of skills and capacity;
  • Non-compliance with supply chain policy and regulations;
  • Inadequate planning;
  • Demand no adequately linked budget;
  • Poor value for money
  • Lack of accountability;
  • Fraud and corruption;
  • Inadequate monitoring and evaluation of procurement outcomes;
  • Unethical behaviour;
  • Too much decentralisation of the procurement system; and
  • Limited/no post contract management and supplier relationship management
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