Purchasing research is the systematic design, collection, analysis and reporting of data and findings relevant to a specific purchasing situation facing the company. (Koller P 2003).
This study focused on purchasing research as a tool for public procurement in the service industry, a case study of AIICO insurance company operation in Enugu metropolis.
In order to carryout the study, the following objectives amongst others were states;
-To ascertain the proportion of purchasing bodget allocated to the purchasing research activities in a given period in AIICO Insurance Company.
-To ascertain, if the purchasing research activities increase the number of policy holders in AIICO insurance company.
-To ascertain whether purchasing research contributes to increase in public procurement in AIICO insurance company.
-To ascertain whether purchasing research creates awareness of AIICO insurance company and its services.
Based on the stated objectives, three hypotheses were formulated, they are:-
Ho: Purchasing research does not create awareness of AIICO insurance company.
HI1 Purchasing research creates awareness of AIICO insurance company.
Ho2 purchasing research does not increases the number of policy holders
HI2 Purchasing research increases the number of policy holders
Ho3 Purchasing research does not increase public procurement of AIICO Insurance Company.
HI3 Purchasing research increase public procurement of AIICO insurance company.
Extensive literature review of textbooks, newspapers, magazines business journals and some past projects of graduated students who studied related topic of the study was carried out to source secondary data. Primary data were source from respondents comprising policy holders, management and relevant staff of AIICO insurance company in Enugu.
The sample size was determined using Topmanâ€™s formular for the policy holders of AIICO Insurance company while a census was conducted for management and relevant staff of AIICO insurance company in Enugu.
The researcher used chi-square (x2) statistical method to test the hypotheses which were earlier formulated for the study. The data collected were presented on statistical tables using frequencies and percentages for analysis.
In the process of the study, the following finding were revealed.
-That AIICO insurance company at one time or the other engaged in purchasing research activities.
-That the company has a purchasing research department at the headquarters only but not at the zonal offices.
-That purchasing research activities increase the number of policy holders.
-That purchasing research activities increase the public procurement level of the company.
In view of the releasing findings, recommendations on how to apply purchasing research for the success of the company were offered.
In conclusion, the ultimate aim of using purchasing research is geared towards customers satisfaction at a public procurement to the company, so AIICO Insurance Company is advised to continue putting purchasing research into effective use.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Table of contents
1.1 Background of the study
1.2 Statement of the problem
1.3 Objectives of the study
1.4 Formulation of hypotheses
1.5 Significance of the study
1.6 Scope of the study
1.7 Definition of terms
2.0 Literature review
2.1 What is purchasing research?
2.2 Scope of purchasing research
2.3 The place of purchasing research in purchasing
2.4 Purchasing research problem facing Nigerian manufacturer
2.5 The future of purchasing research in Nigeria
2.6 Role of purchasing research in the service industry
2.7 Role of purchasing research in the public procurement of AIICO insurance company.
3.0 Research methodology
3.1 Sources of data
3.2 Population of the study
3.3 Sample size determination
3.4 Sampling technique
3.5 Research instruments used
3.6 Method of data treatment and analysis
3.7 Limitations of the study
4.0 Data presentation and analysis
4.1 Test of hypotheses
5.0 Summary of findings recommendations and conclusion
5.1 Summary of findings
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