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The impact of production techniques on the competitiveness of the pharmaceutical manufacturing firms in Zimbabwe

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dc.contributor.author Mandimika, Brian Paidamoyo
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-21T07:22:27Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-21T07:22:27Z
dc.date.issued 2018-11
dc.identifier.citation Mandimika, B. P. (2015). The impact of production techniques on the competitiveness of the pharmaceutical manufacturing firms in Zimbabwe (Unpublished master's thesis). University of Zimbabwe. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10646/3711
dc.description.abstract The purpose of the study was to assess the effect of current production techniques on the competitiveness of pharmaceutical firms and pharmaceutical products in Zimbabwe and suggest ways in which these can be improved in order to enhance efficiency and competitiveness.The study was motivated by the considerable decline (of thirty-three percent) in contribution to GDP from pharmaceutical manufacturing. Local manufacturers have been producing only forty-seven percent of the local demand for medicine supply both by volume and value. Low production from local manufacturers has resulted in the growth in pharmaceutical imports and the country is slowly becoming a net importer of pharmaceutical products despite having local manufacturers.Previous studies established that the local manufactures were facing operational challenges that resulted in low capacity utilization in production while evidence on what actual factors that had an impact on production in Zimbabwe remained scarce. An action studywas conducted on the pharmaceutical manufacturers in Harare. Interview guides were used to collect data from twenty-two participants. The study adopted a qualitative approach and content analysis was used to analyse data to come up with the current production techniques and competitive strategies that the local manufacturers were currently using in production. Operational challenges that the manufacturers were facing were also noted. The study established that local manufacturers falling short on adopting international production techniques and hence lack WHO prequalification. The Zimbabwean pharmaceutical manufacturing companies are plagued with numerous challenges that are threatening their survival. Utilities, high overheads, inadequate capital and old equipment have been pointed out with great emphasis, with old equipment being identified as the major challenge. There were no clear pricing strategies as local manufacturers were focusing more on survival strategies, given the current economic conditions. The study also established that the industry is highly affected with unfavourable policies that included duty on raw materials while imported finished products were duty free. The study recommended that prohibitive legislations be removed and emphasized the need to compel donors to procure from locally manufacturing companies. Manufacturers were recommended to obtain WHO prequalification, implement a visible and effective competitive strategy and retool the industry for growth and competitiveness of the industry. en_US
dc.language.iso en_ZW en_US
dc.subject Pharmaceutical products en_US
dc.subject Production techniques en_US
dc.subject Operational challenges en_US
dc.title The impact of production techniques on the competitiveness of the pharmaceutical manufacturing firms in Zimbabwe en_US
dc.contributor.registrationnumber R069339Y en_US
thesis.degree.advisor Muponda, Godfrey
thesis.degree.country Zimbabwe en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Graduate School of Management en_US
thesis.degree.faculty Faculty of Commerce en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Zimbabwe en_US
thesis.degree.grantoremail specialcol@uzlib.uz.ac.zw
thesis.degree.level MBA en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Business Administration en_US
thesis.degree.thesistype Thesis en_US
dc.date.defense 2015-02


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