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Original Research Article

Year: 2017 | Month: April-June | Volume: 1 | Issue: 2 | Pages: 9-16

Enabling Environmental Factors Operating Within the Value Chain of Malt Production: The Case of Asella Malt Factory, Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia

Solomon Amsalu

Department of Agribusiness and Value Chain Management, Ambo University, Ethiopia


The purpose of charting enabling environment is to understand the factors that affect the entire value chain, and to examine the powers and interests that are driving the change. The main purpose of the study was to assess the enabling environmental factors of operation within the value chain in case of Malt Production of Asella Malt Factory, Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia. Both quantitative and qualitative descriptive survey methods were used for the study. The quota sampling technique was used to determine the sample size. The respondents were employees of the Factory which about 20% of the total population identified through non-probablistic purposive sampling. Data were collected through questionnaire, and organized, tabulated, presented, analyzed and interpreted using descriptive statistical analysis. The finding revealed that regarding materials flow and continuous improvement factors were weak with AMF as indicated by arithmetic mean 3.84(78%) and 3.48(70%) respectively. As recommendation, the factory should identify and understand its core and non-core activities to have improved and efficient value chain networks consistently. The material flow should be timely and sufficient to overcome production bottlenecks. Further studies are recommended to understand the casual relationship between the various variables that affect the operational performance of the firm.

Key words: Environment, Value Chain, Information Flow, Material Flow, and Relationship

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