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Title:Japanese Techniques in Africa? Human Resources and Industrial Restructuring in Zimbabwe
Author:Posthuma, Anne C.
Year:1995
Periodical:World Development
Volume:23
Issue:1
Period:January
Pages:103-116
Language:English
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:labour force
industrial organization
Labor and Employment
Development and Technology
Link:https://doi.org/10.1016/0305-750X(94)00112-C
Abstract:This paper presents findings from research carried out in Zimbabwe in 1992 among six Zimbabwean companies, all producers of discrete products, which had introduced a package of Japanese techniques, including total quality control, just-in-time and cellular manufacturing. The findings highlight the importance of treating organizational reform not merely as a set of technical solutions, but as a process which also involves social innovations. While new organizational techniques were found to yield rapid and tangible improvements in production indicators, those companies which lacked the participation of upper management and had inadequate policies for human resource development and training had difficulties sustaining and advancing these improvements over time. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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