Fame Suppression on Company Growth in Small to Medium Enterprises in the Construction Industry of Zimbabwe, Focusing on Aluminium Companies

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International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) | Volume V, Issue XI, November 2021 | ISSN 2454–6186

Fame Suppression on Company Growth in Small to Medium Enterprises in the Construction Industry of Zimbabwe, Focusing on Aluminium Companies

Mary Chakawa, Dr Chipo Mutongi, Singirai Sikomwe, Mary Murambi
Midlands State University, Zimbabwe

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Abstract: The study investigated the impact of fame suppression on company growth in the construction industry’s small to medium enterprises. The toxic triangle was used as the theoretical framework in this study to explain how toxic leaders can cause toxic environment as well as influence employee. The study used the quantitative approach, with a sample size of 160 drawn from the three Aluminium companies under study. Questionnaires were sent to SMEs employees and management of three Aluminium companies in Harare. A correlation and regression analysis was carried out to find the relationship between the variables. The research found out that fame suppression has an impact on company growth, although there are other factors that affect organisational growth like slow adoption to technology. The study recommended the reduction of fame suppression through the adoption of strategies like employee involvement and participation in decision making as well as encouraging both management and employee training. The research further recommends that there should be further studies to explore in other towns where other fundamentals may be different and in other sectors too.

Key words: aluminium companies, company growth, construction industry, fame suppression, Small to Medium Enterprises, toxic leaders


Fame suppression is a disease that needs to be diagnosed quickly and treated as an immergence otherwise it kills the growth of organisations and Small to Medium Enterprises in particular. The dramatic shrinking of the formal sector as a result of most companies closing and most Zimbabweans being retrenched gave birth to the growth and supremacy of the informal. business in the country, (Nyapfumbi, 2017). This informal trading business opened a means of survival to many Zimbabwean citizens, (Gangata, 2013). Small to Medium Enterprises became the major basis of employment in the country. SEDCO, which is the Small Enterprises Development Corporation, defined an SME as a company with a total number of one hundred employees and a yearly income of eight hundred and thirty dollars (US 830, 000). Kazunga, 2017) avers that an estimated 18 500 SMEs exist in the country and have formalised their operations. This study investigated how fame suppression impacts the growth of SMEs in the Zimbabwean construction industry focusing on the Aluminium companies.