Evaluation of Strategies for Building a Research Culture -- An Empirical Case Study at an African University

TitleEvaluation of Strategies for Building a Research Culture -- An Empirical Case Study at an African University
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsStudman, C, G. Tsheko, N
JournalJournal of Research Administration
Date Published2007
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15391590
KeywordsBotswana , Botswana) , GABORONE , research , Scientific , Universities , University
AbstractThe impact of change strategies for developing research at an African primarily undergraduate institution is considered using a case study of the University of Botswana. After an analysis of the existing situation, a short research policy, written in understandable terms, was developed. The policy was structured so that it could be used for subsequent compliance assessment. A lengthy approval process involving consultation with all faculties increased institutional buy-in. A new Office of Research and Development managed the implementation. Motivators such as research awards and recognition were introduced to encourage staff to develop research programmes. Simplified but transparent internal funding mechanisms were also introduced. Staff attitude surveys were undertaken just after the policy was implemented, and again approximately 18 months later. The impact of the changes was assessed through a compliance exercise. The survey showed a positive change in staff attitude to research, despite a significant increase in teaching workload during the period.
NotesStudman, Cliff 1; Tsheko, G. Nnunu 2; Email Address: tshekogn@mopipi.ub.bw; Affiliations: 1: Pie Squared Consultants Pty, Wellington, New Zealand; 2: Department of Educational Foundations, University of Botswana, Box 00022, Gaborone, Botswana; Issue Info: 2007, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p109; Thesaurus Term: RESEARCH & development; Thesaurus Term: UNIVERSITIES & colleges; Subject Term: RESEARCH management; Subject Term: SCIENTIFIC development; Subject Term: UNIVERSITY of Botswana (Gaborone, Botswana); Subject: GABORONE (Botswana); Subject: BOTSWANA; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611310 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541711 Research and Development in Biotechnology; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541712 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology); Number of Pages: 10p; Document Type: Article