Productivity Improvement in Manufacturing SMEs: Application of Work Study

Thomas Thinandavha Munyai, Boysana Lephoi Mbonyane, Charles Mbohwa

© 2017 - Productivity Press
Published December 19, 2017
Reference - 352 Pages - 22 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138747111 - CAT# K32530

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  • Introduces workstudy to manufacturing SMEs in developing and underdeveloped countries for their growth in productivity where is not conducted before.
  • Introduces real world case studies in currently running manufacturing SMEs.
  • Focuses on research done in only manufacturing SMEs’ productivity using workstudy tools.
  • Introduces workstudy measuring tools for productivity improvement in manufacturing SMEs,
  • Targets only stakeholders that are in the sphere of manufacturing and engineering for productivity growth rather than any other businesses in other areas.


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.