Investigation into the motivation of academic staff to engage in research in Higher Education institutions
Qureshi, Ahmer Haroon
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This study is about investigation into the motivation level of academic staff to pursue research activities in Cardiff Metropolitan University's School of Management. Qualitative research methods are being used by using semi-structured interviews which were conducted on 15 members of academic staff mainly based on senior lecturers but also includes lecturers, reader and professor. The philosophical position taken in this study is interpretivistic subjective ontological and epistemological position and with inductive approach. Interest in subject was seen as one of the main motivator in pursuing research activities. The major constraints or de-motivational factor which affects the motivation level of academic staff, while conducting research was time management. This study also looked for the perception of academic staff about the policies and expectations of higher management and there were some research expectations seen there, moreover it also found out the recommendations and suggestions of academic staff in regards to research activities from higher management which mainly was about improvement in balance between research and other obligated activities in terms of time management. Study would be useful for the management of the university by improving research conditions in accordance with academic staff recommendations and would also help academic staff as they can understand their fellow colleague perspectives. However there were some limitations to this study which are that this study is based on only one university's one department and it is recommended to do research on a wider sample including many other universities.
BA (Hons) Business and Management Studies with Finance
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