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Improving the business trajectory among small and medium size construction firms in South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Wentzel, L.
dc.contributor.author Smallwood, J.J.
dc.contributor.author Emuze, F.A.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-14T13:09:23Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-14T13:09:23Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.issn 2223-7852
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11462/1262
dc.description Published Article en_US
dc.description.abstract The Construction Industry Development Board (cidb) register of contractors shows that small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) outnumber established firms in South Africa. However, the failure rate of SME businesses, which has increased in recent years, constitutes a source of concern in the industry. This situation is reflected in the limited number of successful construction SMEs as a percentage of the total registered firms in the industry. The research design for the study reported on entailed semi-structured and unstructured interviews, which were conducted over an extensive period of time to gather sufficient information from the research participants. However, the preliminary findings that form the nexus of this paper are based on the reviewed literature, and a pilot study that was conducted among a purposive sample of construction SMEs - Grades 1 to 5 on the cidb register. It is notable that the initial findings suggest that construction SMEs often encounter difficulty in securing projects, fail to realise core organisational objectives and goals, and are unable to gain cost advantages over their immediate rivals, which affects their business performance. Thus it appears that more effort is required to improve the business performance of construction SMEs in South Africa. en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Construction Project Management and Innovation en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 6 Number 2,;
dc.subject Construction Industry en_US
dc.subject Historically Disadvantaged Individuals (HDIs) en_US
dc.subject Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) and South Africa en_US
dc.title Improving the business trajectory among small and medium size construction firms in South Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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