PhD by Publication as an Argument for Innovation and Technology Transfer: With Emphasis on Africa

Higher Education Quarterly, 72(1), pp. 15–28. DOI: 10.1111/hequ.12141 (January, 2018).

22 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2016 Last revised: 4 Jan 2018

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Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Jacinta Nwachukwu

Coventry University

Date Written: August 27, 2016

Abstract

The contribution of African researchers to knowledge by means of scientific publications is low compared to other regions of the world. This paper presents an argument in favour of PhD by Publication as a tool for innovation and technology transfer. Building on the literature on the key role of a knowledge economy in 21st century development and catch-up processes, we argue that: (i) in order for PhD dissertations to be more useful to society, they should be harmonised with scientific publications which centre on improving the design and quality of existing and new products in developing countries. (ii) Obtaining a doctorate degree should not simply be reduced to a change in candidate’s title as is often the case with a traditional thesis. (iii) The PhD by Publication is a more effective route to ensuring that the contribution to knowledge is widely disseminated. The conceptual framework consists primarily of the clarification of the models of PhD by Publication and the linkages between the doctoral education, innovation, technology transfer and development catch-up. Implications for scientific research policies in the light of contemporary challenges to African development are discussed.

Keywords: Doctoral education; PhD by Publication; technology transfer; innovation; development

JEL Classification: A20; F42; O10; O30; O34

Suggested Citation

Asongu, Simplice and Nwachukwu, Jacinta, PhD by Publication as an Argument for Innovation and Technology Transfer: With Emphasis on Africa (August 27, 2016). Higher Education Quarterly, 72(1), pp. 15–28. DOI: 10.1111/hequ.12141 (January, 2018).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2830905 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2830905

Simplice Asongu (Contact Author)

African Governance and Development Institute ( email )

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Cameroon

Jacinta Nwachukwu

Coventry University ( email )

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Coventry, CV1 5FB
United Kingdom

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