Obstacles to performance in the South African autocomponents industry

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Obstacles to performance in the South African autocomponents industry

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dc.contributor.author Granerud, Lise en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-04T10:25:40Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-04T10:25:40Z
dc.date.issued 2004-01-21T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/6987
dc.description.abstract The auto-components industry has improved its performance significantly in South Africa during the second half of the 1990’s. However, it has not yet reached the level of the international competitors. The present paper suggests that a focus on the firms’ internal conditions is a way to identify obstacles preventing further improvement of performance and competitiveness. Organisational behaviour has increasingly become important internationally in the understanding of firm development and learning in the recent years. This paper argues that it is crucial to take into account the behaviour of the organisation in the perception of the problems connected to the development of technology and capabilities in South African SMEs. The paper builds on the immediate findings of a qualitative case study on technological learning in two auto-components enterprises in Greater Durban, where the organisational behaviour in different ways hinders internal learning. These findings are contrasted with a third firm within the metal sector, which has a very different learning environment. The paper emphasises the importance of including the informal organisational behaviour in the understanding of how to develop the technological resources. The study investigates the physical resources, and the human and organisational resources, and relates these to the routines in the organisational behaviour, including formal and informal work practices and social relations at the shop floor in the understanding of what influence technological learning in these firms. en_US
dc.format.extent 28 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries CSDS Working Paper;2003-37 en_US
dc.subject.other sydafrika en_US
dc.subject.other bilindustri en_US
dc.subject.other personaleuddannelse en_US
dc.subject.other organizational behavior en_US
dc.title Obstacles to performance in the South African autocomponents industry en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt04jan21 mielmo en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.corporation University of Natal en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for Interkulturel Kommunikation og Ledelse en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort IKL en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of Intercultural Communication and Management en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort ICM
dc.idnumber x656378645 en_US
dc.publisher.city København en_US
dc.publisher.year 2003 en_US
dc.title.subtitle A firm level perspecitve on internal learning and organisational behaviour en_US


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