An Evaluation of Polytechnic Strategies to Industry Personnel Needs

Canaan Mpala

Abstract


Strategic management has been taken on-board by polytechnics in Zimbabwe with a mission to produce quality graduates for the formal and informal sectors. This paper evaluates the effectiveness of the polytechnic’s strategies in meeting industry personnel needs. A case study method was adopted with data collected from managers drawn from different industries, polytechnic’s management, students and academic staff. Analytical techniques used include: matrices of correlations, cross tabulations, and univariate analysis. While literature emphasizes the importance of resources for successful implementation of strategies, this study revealed otherwise. With inadequate resources, Bulawayo Polytechnic managed to produce quality graduates, relevant to its customers.

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