| || || Ashwini, Alka.|
| || || Competitiveness of the manufacturing sector : select cases of the Fiji Islands.|
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Subject: Manufacturing sector--Fiji
Call No.: Pac HC 685 .5 .A84 2005
Copyright:Under 10% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission
Abstract: The manufacturing sector in Fiji plays an important role by providing employment to a substantial majority of the population and has been contributing to the economic development of this small developing nation in the South Pacific. Although the manufacturing sector in Fiji is reasonably developed and has been quite successful in a lot of ventures, it also has problems. These problems are related to its competitiveness and its ability to withstand external pressure and to be able to sustain its operations for long-term survival. Very little research has been done on the manufacturing sector in general and on its competitiveness. The study attempts to identify the factors that help enhancing the competitiveness of a sector like manufacturing, with special a focus on Fiji, The thesis is divided into six parts and each part has important information to reveal in terms of the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector in Fiji. The first part gives the background to the research problem, hypotheses and justification for research, methodology that will be adopted and a brief outline of the six chapters. The second part attempts to define the manufacturing sector worldwide. There is no fixed or best definition and every country has developed its own special meaning. Extensive literature reviews into the problems of the manufacturing sector in terms of its competitiveness with a special focus of Fiji is carried out. The literature looks at the problems already identified by other authors and what has been done so far to enhance the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector. The activities of the government along with the efforts of other key players are also discussed. The literature review helps generate potential research questions. The third part looks at the methodology of the study. This section explains in detail how the research was conducted and the problems encountered. A conceptual framework is used to set the boundary for the research and to set out the methodology. The sample selection and its characteristic are also discussed. The fourth part is very interesting as it highlights the findings and discusses it. The findings were based on the sample characteristics. Tables and other illustrations have been used to present any numerical information. This section continues to discuss the factors of competitiveness in manufacturing and then concludes. In part five, two case studies are developed and discussed in detail with close relation to the research topic 'Competitiveness of the manufacturing sector'. Briefly the cases represent two manufacturing firms that have excelled or are better performers in the area of competitiveness than the rest of the firms in the sample. The final part presents the conclusions, implications, limitations and suggestions for future research.