Research Collaboration and Networking (RECON) Endorsement in South African Universities and Its Theoretical Link to Research Productivity
19 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2020
Date Written: May 18, 2020
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
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