Management of Research, staff capacity development and strategy for improving research output within the Faculty of Accounting & Informatics

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Management of Research, staff capacity development and strategy for improving research output within the Faculty of Accounting & Informatics

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Presentation structure

Introduction Conceptual framework The need to manage research Strategy to improve research output Staff capacity development W ay forward

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I ntroduction

Informational society, and a knowledge economy . We live in knowledge-based economies in which Science, technology and innovation (STI) have become a priority. This is so because knowledge economies require skilled workforce both at micro and macro levels. Knowledge is viewed as an additional input to labour and capital . Knowledge generation requires research R esearch is the primary source of empirical knowledge research is a scientific process ; a process of inquiry and investigation It is systematic and methodical Scientific research can be classified as: Basic research (fundamental )- tests hypothesis Applied – has commercial objectives Experimental research – seeks to produce products or devices Clinical etc.

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Intro (cont.)

The Scientific research journey Functions of research A ddress social ills Create or test theory Generate knowledge etc. Adapted from: Saunders et al. ( 2016).Research Methods for Business Students. England: Pearson Education Limited

Research Philosophy Interpretivism Positivism Pragmatism

Research strategy Experimental Case study, etc. Archival

Techniques & Procedures Sampling methods Data collection inst. D ata analysis tech.

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CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

Scientific Research Source: Own concept

Management of research

Research Infrastructure Facilities Resources Services

Strategy Mentorship Academic writ. Proposal writ. Post-grad sup. Grant writing

Staff capacity development

Res outputs Journal articles Chapters in a book Conference papers Books etc.

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How to manage research conducted by faculty members and staff in schools?

Managing research involves coordinating and integrating the efforts of highly trained and autonomous researchers. E xecute all research matters, including strategic planning, M& E A ssess the impact and sustainability of the faculty’s research activities Identify potential areas of research to be nurtured with the faculty F acilitates the establishment of research centres to promote greater integration and sharing of knowledge, resources, and facilities within faculty Ensures that proposals submitted are of quality, research projects are progressing, and research funds are spent accountably serves as internal quality assessment Faculty assess the number of publications, number of research grants, and their amount At faculty level academics in schools to apply for grants, conduct research, and publish .

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Strategies to improve research output

1).“Matchmaking ” by putting together experienced and young researchers in some form of mentoring scheme 2).Faculty can organize writing workshops and get experienced researchers to share and teach the skills of writing to young researchers 3).Establish committees to m entor young researchers to apply for research grants 4).Coaching requires individuals in senior positions to be good listeners and helpers, and be technically competent enough to develop new ideas . 5)Project leading or supervising

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Staff capacity development

highly trained, able, and motivated researchers can bring satisfactory results Three types of staff are: 1).Support staff 2). Technicians 3). Research staff D evelopment skills needed by researchers are: proposal writing, academic writing skills- it requires practice and continuous revision publication writing skills, computer literacy, post-graduate supervision, funding application, literature referencing, analysis of data, writing a research report and mentorship programmes.

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Way forward

Managing research can be rewarding if properly done by the right people at the appropriate time. THANK YOU DANKIE SIYABONGA

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Works cited

Department of Science and Technology (2016). South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap. Retrieved from: https:// www.gov.za/sites/default/files/gcis_document/201610/sa-research-infrastructure-road-mapa.pdf Hawkins , J. N & Mok , K. H. (2015). Research, development and innovation in Asia Pacific Higher Education. Palgrave: MacMillan. Jain, K et al.(2010). Managing research, development, and innovation. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons Saunders et al. (2016).Research Methods for Business Students. England: Pearson Education Limited

Department of Science and Technology (2016). South African Research Infrastructure Roadmap. Retrieved from: https:// www.gov.za/sites/default/files/gcis_document/201610/sa-research-infrastructure-road-mapa.pdf Hawkins , J. N & Mok , K. H. (2015). Research, development and innovation in Asia Pacific Higher Education. Palgrave: MacMillan. Jain, K et al.(2010). Managing research, development, and innovation. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons Saunders et al. (2016).Research Methods for Business Students. England: Pearson Education Limited