Research Collaboration and Networking (RECON) Endorsement in South African Universities and Its Theoretical Link to Research Productivity

19 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2020

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JP Bruwer

Business Re-Solution

Chris Hattingh

Independent Research

Chris Young

Independent Research

Christel Oosthuizen

Independent Research

Anna Viljoen

Independent Researcher

Etienne Joubert

Independent Research

Mardine Engelbrecht

Independent Research

Ilanza Perold

Independent Research

Nadia Bergh

Independent Research

Teneille Voke

Independent Research

Judith Smith

Independent Research

Date Written: May 18, 2020

Abstract

South African higher education institutions (HEIs) are mandated to offer qualifications to students with the intent to graduate. For every graduate produced, HEIs receive subsidy income from the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). Apart from offering undergraduate qualifications, most South African HEIs prioritise research by offering postgraduate qualifications and/or encouraging publication of DHET accredited research outputs. This is the case since DHET subsidy income is generated for every postgraduate alumna produced; every DHET accredited research output generated. The concept of research collaboration and networking (RECON) assists with research productivity (the generation of research outputs) and thus, it is not surprising that it is endorsed by HEIs around the globe. When taking into account the increased research productivity by South African HEIs over the years, it is probable that it may be attributable to their endorsement of RECON, at least in a theoretical dispensation. As such, non-empirical, exploratory research was conducted; taking on the form of a literature review. From the research conducted, it was found that South African HEIs that showed increases in their research productivity endorsed RECON; providing a platform for empirically investigating the influence of RECON endorsement on research productivity in South African HEIs.

Keywords: Research collaboration and networking, RECON, research output, South Africa, higher education institution, research

JEL Classification: I120

Suggested Citation

Bruwer, JP and Hattingh, Chris and Young, Chris and Oosthuizen, Christel and Viljoen, Anna and Joubert, Etienne and Engelbrecht, Mardine and Perold, Ilanza and Bergh, Nadia and Voke, Teneille and Smith, Judith, Research Collaboration and Networking (RECON) Endorsement in South African Universities and Its Theoretical Link to Research Productivity (May 18, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3604039 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3604039

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Chris Hattingh

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Chris Young

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Christel Oosthuizen

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Anna Viljoen

Independent Researcher

New York, NY

Etienne Joubert

Independent Research ( email )

Mardine Engelbrecht

Independent Research ( email )

Ilanza Perold

Independent Research ( email )

Nadia Bergh

Independent Research ( email )

Teneille Voke

Independent Research ( email )

Judith Smith

Independent Research ( email )

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