The study focused on investigating the effect of contract management Imperatives on supply chain performance of manufacturing firms in Nairobi County. In addressing the latter, the study established the effect of relationship management, contract administration, contract appraisal and contract appraisal and contract closure on supply chain performance as the specific objectives of the study. The literature review introduced various dimensions on effect of contract management Imperatives on supply chain performance which included background of the study, theoretical review, conceptual framework, empirical review, critique of existing literature, summary of research gaps. The study used the following theories in support of the research objectives, the stake holder theory which supports the stakeholder theory, the theory of constrains which support contract administration, principal argent which supports post contract appraisal and contract theory which expounds on contract closure the beneficiaries of the study are future researchers, institutions of higher learning and the government. Descriptive research design was used for the study and the questionnaire was the main data collection instrument. The study constituted a sample of manufacturing firms in Nairobi County, the number of employees in the sample was 198. Pilot testing was done to ensure the reliability and validity of the instrument. Statistical analysis was carried out using statistical packages for social science SPSS version 22 to generate information which was presented using tables, charts, frequency distribution tables and percentages. Inferential statistics was used to make predictions or inferences about the population from observations and analyses. The study findings indicate that the four variables, that is relationship management, contract administration, post contract appraisal and contract closure positively and significantly affect supply chain performance. As such, manufacturing firms should embrace more relationship management. The study recommends that future studies should focus on the other sectors.

Keyword: Contract Management, Contract Closure, Contract Administration, Supply Chain Performance, Procurement Professional, Relationship Management.

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