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Effective Supply Chain Management a Priority for Doctoral Graduate

2017/04/19 11:05:45 AM

Dr Gabriel Oyebanjo Ogunlela has been awarded a Doctor of Administration for his thesis on using an integrated supply chain management model to promote competitiveness in the Fast Moving Customer Goods (FMCG) manufacturing industry in Nigeria.


Dr Gabriel Oyebanjo Ogunlela.

Dr Gabriel Oyebanjo Ogunlela has been awarded a Doctor of Administration for his thesis on using an integrated supply chain management model to promote competitiveness in the Fast Moving Customer Goods (FMCG) manufacturing industry in Nigeria.

Nigerian-born Ogunlela became interested in Supply Chain Management and developed a passion for effective service delivery while working for Shell.

His findings show that an efficient supply chain is not only characterised by a guarantee that products are available to the customers, emphasising that also important were ‘agility, clearly defined roles and responsibilities, streamlined processes, visibility of information, trust, collaboration and the alignment of objectives’.

Acknowledged as an Information Technology and Project Management professional, Ogunlela is a post-doctoral Fellow at Mangosuthu University of Technology in Durban. He has previously worked for the United Nations World Food Programme as an IT Operations Consultant.

He gave thanks to ‘God the Almighty for his love and care throughout my endeavor,’ and to Dr L.M. Lekhanya for his patience and advice as a supervisor.

‘Also, to my wife, Taiwo Ogunlela - for her words of encouragement when the going gets tough and my children Travis, Tami and Toni for their understanding throughout the duration of the programme,’ he said.

He paid special tribute to his parents for ‘teaching me that I could accomplish anything I set out to do’.

He also thanked the Graduate School of Business and Leadership and UKZN for their ‘endless assistance and financial support’; his colleagues at Shell and all his friends and family.

Raylene Captain-Hasthibeer

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