352 pages | 22 B/W Illus.
This book focuses on the application of workstudy in productivity of manufacturing SMEs locally and abroad and also explores various industrial problems which face manufacturing SMEs in developing and underdeveloped countries in the rest of the world. Low productivity is currently a serious challenge facing manufacturing SMEs, where these SMEs are operating below expected production output levels which makes it difficult for them to compete in the global market. SMEs are the engine drivers of economic growth, one of which is manufacturing.
The challenge is that government from various countries in developing and underdeveloped countries, mandated agencies in their respective areas, to ensure that there is economic progress for these SMEs, but productivity remains low in the manufacturing SMEs. When SMEs do not perform well, productivity of manufacturing SMEs declines and unemployment increases. Thus, an increase in unemployment results in a drop of GDP in the country and can become a global and economic crisis. This book describes a process which enables the reader to use effective knowledge that addresses problems facing the productivity of manufacturing SMEs such as work study tools and case studies and provides solutions and applications to improve the running of the manufacturing SMEs in growing their productivity.
Preface; Chapter 1: The Background of Manufacturing SMEs; Chapter 2: Work Study and Productivity Theory: Groundwork Theories; Chapter 3: Effectiveness versus Efficiency in Manufacturing SMEs; Chapter 4: Factors Influencing Productivity in Manufacturing SMEs; Chapter 5: Identifying the Environment for Manufacturing SMEs; Chapter 6: Work Study (WS) Techniques: Method Study; Chapter 7: Work Study (WS) Techniques: Work Measurement; Chapter 8: The Impact of Work Study on Physical Capital in Relation to Productivity of Manufacturing SMEs; Chapter 9: The Impact of Work Study on Technological Capital in Relation toProductivity of Manufacturing SMEs; Chapter 10: The Impact of Management in Relation to Productivity to Manufacturing SMEs; Chapter 11: Work Study Report Writing; Chapter 12: Conclusions and Further Research; Appendices; References