Master of Business Administration Executive

Faculty / School

School of Business Studies (SBS)

Year of Award



Dr. Shahid R. Mir, Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi

Project Type

MBA Executive Research Project

Access Type

Restricted Access

Executive Summary

My research study aims to assess the impact of reverse engineering of maintenance spares Power generation companies of Pakistan, considering the prevailing global supply chain challenges and impact of import on country economy. Reverse Engineering represents a highly innovative and technologically advanced initiative, and its expertise within the Pakistani market is currently scarce. To gather informed opinions and feedback, I reached out to maintenance managers of different power plants in Pakistan. The feasibility and technical compatibility were then evaluated based on the information obtained. The framework for this assessment adheres to the recommendations and further area of improvement and exploration for making spares locally, with a particular emphasis on conforming to harmonized standards set by the association for international compliance.

This research encompasses the technical aspects for different methods of reverse engineering that are used to make industry spares, considering the perspectives of material availability and technological advancement required to make those spares. Notably, discrepancies were identified in methods and company policies for making spares via reverse engineering and opting it as a standard means of creating inventory. OEM recommendations to use recommended spares were thoroughly examined, and a technical feasibility study was developed while considering the local industry skill and readily availability of spares in case of exigency.

The study also considered the knowledge and opinions of supply chain managers, maintenance engineers, local fabrication companies, regarding alternative solutions for most of the spare parts. By exploring existing alternatives to conventional procurement of spares, a market gap was identified, indicating an opportunity for innovative products and services like manufacturing of mechanical spares, retrofitting of old and new parts, rebuilding of spares via 3D modeling, 3D scanning, and utilizing Computer Aided Reverse Engineering.


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