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An analysis of the impact of industry role players on the competitiveness and profitability of an entity in a volatile environment

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dc.contributor.advisor Pellissier, Rene
dc.contributor.author Muli, Mary Goreti Shingirai
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-25T07:38:58Z
dc.date.available 2013-07-25T07:38:58Z
dc.date.issued 2013-07-25
dc.identifier.citation Muli, Mary Goreti Shingirai (2013) An analysis of the impact of industry role players on the competitiveness and profitability of an entity in a volatile environment, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/10192> en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/10192
dc.description.abstract The airline industry has grown rapidly over the past few decades, recording a ten-fold rise in passenger numbers and a fourteen-fold increase in cargo volumes. This growth has created overwhelming value to airline passengers, employees, suppliers and the broader economy. Unfortunately, this industry has been affected by terrorism attacks, wars, revolutions, pandemic fears, earthquakes, volcanoes, failing economies and skyrocketing fuel prices all of which have negatively impacted on profitability and resulted in intense competition. Consequently, airlines have spent the last decade in survival mode having to adapt to harsh changes. Air Zimbabwe, a state-run organisation which operates in this highly regulated and turbulent industry, is faced with numerous micro and macro environmental challenges and has been purposively selected for this study. According to company statistics, the airline’s annual passenger uplifts have declined from a peak of over 1 million in the 1990s to less than 200 000 in 2011, with revenue generation declining in correlation. Whilst Air Zimbabwe has experienced depressed demand for its services, competitor airlines are recording brisk business. The aim of this study was to investigate how a struggling organisation, which operates in a turbulent environment, can improve its competitiveness and profitability by better understanding the impact of industry role players and adapting organisational strategies to industry variations. This study examined, from the point of view of the industry players themselves, the extent to which customers, suppliers, competitors, regulatory authorities, substitute products and new entrants have impacted on the competitiveness and profitability of the airline. Major findings reveal that an organisation cannot operate in isolation and be competitive or profitable, but constantly needs to analyse the industry environment in which it operates in and to amicably interact with other industry role players. The research outlines the need for competition in certain areas and cooperation in others. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xi, 161 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights University of South Africa
dc.subject Competitiveness en
dc.subject Profitability en
dc.subject Strategy en
dc.subject.ddc 658.40630968
dc.subject.lcsh Airlines -- Zimbabwe -- Management
dc.subject.lcsh Airlines -- Zimbabwe -- Economic aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Competition -- Economic aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Air Zimbabwe
dc.subject.lcsh Business planning -- Economic aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Industrial management -- Zimbabwe
dc.subject.lcsh Organizational change -- Management
dc.title An analysis of the impact of industry role players on the competitiveness and profitability of an entity in a volatile environment en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Business Management en
dc.description.degree M. Com. (Business Management)


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