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Social capability deficits and productivity behaviour of African manufacturing firms: Evidence from Lesotho garment producers


  • Abdelrasaq Na-Allah


Despite attempts to induce strong competitiveness in African manufacturing firms, poor productivity performances continue to hinder their ability to operate successfully in international markets. This paper argues that, while many plausible explanations can be put forward for this failing, analysis of the firms' social and institutional contexts can provide useful insights into why they have continued to perform badly. Adopting the technological catch-up framework proposed by Abramovitz (1986), the paper uses the case of Lesotho garment producers to illustrate how an environment characterised by significant social capability deficits has a negative impact on local firms' competitiveness. Strategic interventions to improve the quality of infrastructural services deliveries are suggested as urgently needed remedial measures.

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  • Abdelrasaq Na-Allah, 2012. "Social capability deficits and productivity behaviour of African manufacturing firms: Evidence from Lesotho garment producers," Development Southern Africa, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 29(2), pages 317-334, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:29:y:2012:i:2:p:317-334
    DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2012.675700

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