An investigation of factors related to research productivity in a public university in Thailand: a case study

Lertputtarak, Sarunya (2008) An investigation of factors related to research productivity in a public university in Thailand: a case study. Other Degree thesis, Victoria University.


Currently, National Governments expect universities to become both more efficient and effective in both teaching and research. However, there appear to be many obstructions to research productivity, that in turn cause low levels of research outcomes. These problems need resolution and elimination in order that universities, through their academic staff can increase their research output. Currently, this is an important issue facing higher education institutions, and the purpose of this research is to focus on the factors that have an influence on the low research productivity of academic lecturers in a public university in Thailand. The conceptual framework for this research was chosen to integrate empirical research findings on faculty role performance and productivity with two existing motivation theories, namely Expectancy Theory and Efficacy Theory. The research methodology uses a qualitative research approach, based on in-depth interviews with eleven representative respondents from a public university that has been given the reference name of ‘The Noble University’. Based on a review of pertinent literature, it appears that there are five important factors that impact on academic research productivity. These are environmental factors, institutional factors, personal career development factors, social contingency factors, and demographic factors. According to the findings of this study, these five important factors can be conveniently divided into three main groupings which have been termed the essential factors, desirable factors, and side-affect factors. Each of these factors, it is claimed, need resolution, in a sequential way, by administrators of the university. This study makes a number of recommendations which, it is believed, will improve both the quality and quantity of research productivity at this university, and, in some instances, more widely across the higher education sector.

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Doctor of Education

Item type Thesis (Other Degree thesis)
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 330000 Education
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Keywords research productivity, universities, Thailand, factors
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