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Communication culture within Nigerian universities: gender dimensions, obstacles and influence on the work-role of the academics

Anyakoha, Elizabeth U.; Uzuegbunam, Anthony O.; Ezeike, Kodilichukwa S.

Abstract:
This study was designed to investigate the existence and utilisation of communication channels between academics and administration in Nigerian universities, with a view to determining their influence on the work-roles and welfare of academics, and evolving ways of enhancing the use of the channels.  The study covered those formal channels through which academics and administration ought to communicate on issues relating to selected aspects of the work-role and welfare of the academics. The study population included academic and administrative staff in Nigerian universities. Questionnaires and Focus Group Discussions (FGD) were used.  The findings of the study include, among others, information on (53) channels of communication; levels at which the subjects are aware and utilise the channels; and levels at which channels meet the information needs of the academics. Specifically, findings relate to possible new channels of communication, gender related factors that influence the utilisation of channels; ways by which existence and utilisation of channels can influence the work-roles and welfare of academics; obstacles to utilisation of channels and strategies for enhancing utilisation of channels. Based on the findings, policy recommendations for improving communication between academics and administration are made.

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Document Title: Communication culture within Nigerian universities: gender dimensions, obstacles and influence on the work-role of the academics
Institution: University of Nigeria
City and Country: Nsukka


Date:1999
Document Type:Paper (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Institutional Management
Country:Nigeria
Keywords:Communication, Nigeria, Universities, Academic Staff, Administrative Staff, Gender, Survey


File Size:232 KB
Rights:Permission to use this paper was granted by the author.
Date Added:10 August 2007


Anyakoha, Elizabeth U.; Uzuegbunam, Anthony O.; Ezeike, Kodilichukwa S. (1999). Communication culture within Nigerian universities: gender dimensions, obstacles and influence on the work-role of the academics Nsukka, University of Nigeria.