Capacity Building and Sustainability: Research Findings and Recommendations

Wilson R. Nyemba, Charles Mbohwa, Keith F. Carter

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There are several underlying factors that are sometimes ignored while diagnosing companies with low capacity utilisation such as sustainability strategies for continuity and holistic approaches to engineering change management in this era of dynamism in technology. This chapter focusses on establishing the failures that contributed to low capacity utilisation through the various industry partners where engineering academics were seconded. Apart from the apparent observation of the use of conventional equipment, traditional and analytical methods of manufacturing and processing, most of the companies lacked the capital and expertise necessary to boost capacity utilisation, resulting in depressed throughputs and productivity. The data derived from the surveys, observations and interactive interviews complemented the information gathered and documented in Chap. 6, with the aim of demonstrating the sustainable building of capacity for both academia and industry to respond to engineering change management and bridging the gap between industry and academia.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEAI/Springer Innovations in Communication and Computing
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameEAI/Springer Innovations in Communication and Computing
ISSN (Print)2522-8595
ISSN (Electronic)2522-8609


  • Adjunct appointments
  • Appropriate skills
  • Capacity building
  • Capacity utilisation
  • Centres of excellence
  • Continuity
  • Doctoral training centres
  • Engineering education
  • Self-sustenance
  • Sustainability
  • Systems thinking integration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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