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An investigation into clustering/linkages as a strategy to enhance the competitive performance of SMME furniture manufacturing firms in Kwa-Zulu Natal

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dc.contributor.author Pillay D en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T06:30:58Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T06:30:58Z
dc.date.created 1998 en
dc.date.submitted 2000 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/5208
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this research study was to investigate the extent to which the strategy of linkages/clusters is accepted within the furniture industry in Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN). In addition this research study assumed viewpoint in comparison to other research studies in the area. Specifically, it was postulated that vertical linkages as apposed to horizontal linkages would be the preferred choice amongst furniture manufacturers in KZN. <br><br> The major findings of this research revealed the following: (1) A lack of specialization and differentiation impedes the performance of the furniture sector in KZN; (2) Linkages are not readily implemented because there is a lack of "industry-buy-in", prevailing negative attitudes and limited knowledge of the linkage/cluster concept; (3) Vertical and horizontal linkages result in economic gains for businesses; (4) At a national level, a climate that favours linkage formation is vital, particularly the drafting of policy outlining linkage formation; (5) The use of the Japanese model of business linkages emphasized the importance of strong support measures that need to be in place for Small, Medium and Micro businesses (SMMEs); (6) Internal and external change agents are play an important role in promoting linkage formation; (7) The development of linkages would result in a refocus of manufacturing strategy-specifically, SMMEs would place emphasis on aspects such as quality, design, efficient production techniques and environmental standards; (8) Research into the furniture industry is not well documented. Consequently other important areas of research have emerged, such as initiating this study at a national level; the extent to which linkages are successful/unsuccessful; and (9) The results of the research was encouraging and does suggest that linkages, particularly vertical linkages enhances the competitive performance of furniture manufacturing firms in KZN. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Business administration / Business leadership en
dc.subject Production management and techniques en
dc.title An investigation into clustering/linkages as a strategy to enhance the competitive performance of SMME furniture manufacturing firms in Kwa-Zulu Natal en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MTech en


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