Globalization challenges on local engineering consulting firms in Tanzania: the case study of Dar es Salaam city

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Date
2009
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University of Dar es Salaam
Abstract
This study focused on globalization challenges on local engineering firms in Tanzania, the case of Dar es Salaam city. It aimed at identifying factors that hinder local engineering consulting firms from enjoying the globalization opportunities in the industry. The weaknesses that face local consulting firms in this respects were assessed in terms of their knowledge on globalization and its challenges knowledge on the international trade agreement whether fair or unfair financial capabilities and technological aptitudes contrasted with capabilities of counterpart foreign consulting firms. The research was carried out in Dar es Salaam region and involved the local engineering consulting firms. Data for the study was collected using questionnaire, semi structured interview and documentary review. The collected data was analyses using a computer package (CPSS). The study findings revealed that foreign consulting firms are well placed in financial capabilities due to their correction with foreign banks that provide finances technological capabilities of local consulting firms do not differ significantly from those of foreign consulting firms, although technology transfer from foreign to local firms has not happened as envisaged. Majority of local consulting firms have less knowledge on the international trade agreement, which guide the exchange of capital, goods and services across international boundaries or territories. Transfer of technology to local firms has not happened at the significant extent and that local consulting firms are not aware of the globalization and its challenges. It is recommended that the government (policy maker) create more room for local firms by increasing exclusive budget celling consultants (practitioners) performance should monitored on a regular basis so that any undesirable shortfalls or failures could be identified and rectified without further delays. Local engineering training institutions are urged to recognize uncertainties within the engineering and technology professions as they face the emerging global market.
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Available in print form, East Africana Collection, Dr. Wilbert Chagula Library, Class Mark (THS EAF TA217.T34D35)
Keywords
Consulting engineering firms, Engineering firms, Globalization
Citation
Damian, R (2009) Globalization challenges on local engineering consulting firms in Tanzania: the case study of Dar es Salaam city, Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam