Development of an Integrated Framework for Assessing and Improving the Performance of Manufacturing Industries in Developing Countries

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Development of an Integrated Framework for Assessing and Improving the Performance of Manufacturing Industries in Developing Countries

In developing countries, there is an overwhelming challenge to diversify the economy from the primary sectors to more value adding and income generating sustainable secondary or manufacturing sectors. As global competitiveness intensifies, it is imperative that manufacturing organizations in developing countries can compete at a global level. This research focuses on Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) and the wider Caribbean region. However, its applicability and relevance is extensive. This paper investigates the manufacturing techniques/practices currently implemented in T&T with focus on companies that are compliant with quality and health and safety policies. This study advocates the need for a strategic approach for the successful implementation of world-class manufacturing (WCM) techniques/practices in T&T manufacturing industry. The methodology as well as research instruments developed and used are presented.

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