Technology and Skills in Zimbabwe’s Manufacturing

From Autarky to Competition

  • Authors
  • Simón Teitel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Country and Manufacturing Industry Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Simón Teitel
      Pages 3-17
    3. Simón Teitel
      Pages 18-25
    4. Simón Teitel
      Pages 26-34
  3. Conceptual Framework and Methodology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Simón Teitel
      Pages 37-43
    3. Simón Teitel
      Pages 44-51
  4. Manufacturing Technology Acquisition and Operation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Simón Teitel
      Pages 55-64
    3. Simón Teitel
      Pages 65-73
  5. Technical Change, Skills, and Firm Performance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Simón Teitel
      Pages 89-93
    3. Simón Teitel
      Pages 94-104
  6. Conclusions and Policy Interventions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Simón Teitel
      Pages 107-110
    3. Simón Teitel
      Pages 111-123
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 125-275

About this book


Small Sub-Saharan African countries are facing difficult times trying to accelerate their economic growth while at the same time attempting to liberalize their economies. For many, independence has brought political freedom without concomitant economic and social improvement for their indigenous populations. Zimbabwe fits this description and while it has made significant strides in educating its populations and distributing some agricultural land, it still lags in modernizing its manufacturing industries which survived for many years with little or no capital investment and restricted access to imports. This study, based on a detailed analysis of the results of a survey of manufacturing firms in selected industries, shows the origin of the technologies they have mastered, the use made of external and domestic sources of technology, the skills being applied, their training and other needs, as well as the policies that could favourably affect future industrial development in Zimbabwe.


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Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2000
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Economics & Finance Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-39671-9
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-51402-7
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