Enhancing competitiveness and enterprise development needs through entrepreneurial skills training for SMEs in the South African Motor Body Repair sector
- Authors: Muyengwa, G. , Battle, K. , Mbohwa, Charles
- Date: 2011-11-20
- Subjects: Entrepreneurship - Study and teaching , Auto-body repair shops , Competitiveness
- Identifier: uj:5190 , ISBN 978-0-620-52121-5 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/14433
- Description: The aim of this paper is to explore the potential of entrepreneurship education as a leverage tool in enhancing both competitiveness and enterprise development within small and medium enterprises (SMEs) operating in the Motor Body Repair (MBR) sector of the South African automotive industry. An exploratory survey was carried out to ascertain enterprise development needs and competitiveness requirements of these SMEs. The research established that curricula followed in auto body repair training do not consider entrepreneurship education as an important aspect. Major focus of auto body repair training is on repair and replacing of motor vehicle bodywork that would have been damaged in an accident or have suffered from vandalism. The research in addition, established that enterprise development is affected by poor infrastructure, lack of funding, use of poor and old equipment and limited access to markets. Competitive requirements noted were the need for certified multi-skilling training offered by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) on new vehicle maintenance technologies, acquisition of recommended repair equipment from Original Equipment Suppliers (OES) and the need to integrate entrepreneurship education in the auto body repair curricula. The implications of entrepreneurship education in the auto body repair curriculum would enhance efficient business and financial management, creativity, innovativeness, marketing and job creation opportunities in the MBR sector. For educators’ entrepreneurship education in engineering would prepare students for the ever changing labour markets and encourage them to create new enterprises of their own rather than being perpetual job seekers.
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Development and analysis of business models in the South African motor body repair sector
- Authors: Dube, P. , Muyengwa, G. , Battle, K.
- Date: 2012
- Subjects: Business models , Business plans , Auto-body repair shops
- Type: Article
- Identifier: uj:4976 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/13077
- Description: Every enterprise makes use of a business model either explicitly or implicitly. A business model is an abstract of a business plan and is complimentary to the firm’s business strategy. It shows linkages within a business process as it transforms inputs into outputs, and how the enterprise creates and delivers value to its customers. Through a case study research two business models used by South African auto-body repairers were developed and analysed. One is for auto-body repair shops that are recognised by the South African Insurance Association, the panel system, and the other is not. The business models are presented as causal loop diagrams. Design parameters used to describe the architecture were content, structure, governance and complimentaries. These business models were used to explain low margins experienced in this sector. The business model helps small enterprise entrepreneurs, stakeholders in the automotive sector and policy makers to understand the logic of auto-body repair shops.
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