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How SMEs in the Car Maintenance Services Industry Recruit Employees from the Dense Forest of Hopeless Unemployed Youths: Case Study of Two Selected Cities in Tanzania

How SMEs in the Car Maintenance Services Industry Recruit Employees from the Dense Forest of Hopeless Unemployed Youths: Case Study of Two Selected Cities in Tanzania
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Author(s): Felix Adamu Nandonde (Aalborg University, Denmark) and Pamela John Liana (Open University of Tanzania, Tanzania)
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 16
Source title: Effective Human Resources Management in Small and Medium Enterprises: Global Perspectives
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Carolina Machado (University of Minho, Portugal) and Pedro Melo (University of Minho, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4731-2.ch012

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Abstract

There is a general consensus among scholars that the HR practices by corporate companies cannot be imitated by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Even though it is a neglected sector, SMEs in Tanzania are considered to be a major contributor to the national economy in terms of tax payment and job creation. Using a case study, this chapter investigates human resource practices in the recruitment process among the SMEs in a car maintenance sub sector. The nature of doing business is more informal, whereby a customer can bring a car to the garage and the technicians work on the car without bargaining for the cost of the work. Accordingly, there have usually been complaints from customers regarding over charging for the services offered and lack of trust among technicians, especially on matters relating to falsification on spare parts. In addressing this problem, garage owners have to make sure that they employ people with good character; those who cannot temper with customers’ property tarnish the image and reputation of the company.

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