Curbing unethical supplier selection practice in parastatals: A case study of the grain marketing board 2016 to 2018
The research was conducted against high related cases of unethical practices in Zimbabwean parastatal. A descriptive survey method, backed by observations, focused group discussions, questionnaire and interviews, sought to attain the objectives of the study. Data obtained from 52 respondents and internal documents was analyzed and arguments were explained using tables, charts and graphs. The study revealed that salaries received by employees and work over load affects ethics in supplier selection process to a greater extent. More so, opportunities arising from lack of accountability, too much trust, poor segregation of duties and weak monitoring which led to serious corruption during the supplier selection process. The research concluded that the most effective way to curb unethical practices in supplier selection is through enforcement of laws and punishment and also that public service salaries should be in line with the poverty datum line so as to reduce corruption in the public procurement processes. In light of the above it is recommended that purchasing officials should be responsible, honest, prevents impairment or exploitation of resources, promote equity, aim to attain value for money and are dedicated to their work.
- Department of Economics