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Research dissemination, utilization and commercialization by academic staff of a Nigerian university.

Oduwaiye, R.O.; Owolabi, H.O.; Onasanya, S.A.

Abstract:
The basic objective of research is to extend the frontiers of knowledge and universities as centres for producing and disseminating knowledge take research as basic to-their roles in society. Beyond moving the frontiers of knowledge forward, research contributes significantly to human development and progress worldwide. Connecting research to community service are the needs for dissemination, utilization and commercialization. This study aims at obtaining empirical data on research dissemination, utilization and commercialization from academic staffs of the University of Ilorin in the central regions of Nigeria. It is a case study which specifically addressed research questions on the media through which academic staffs of the university disseminate their research reports, whether problems exist in dissemination, whether they develop research outcomes for utilization and problems encountered 'in the process and whether they commercialize their research outcomes. It was found that less than 60% of the sampled academic staff disseminate their research by means of school based seminar, conferences and journal publications in that order. The least popularly used media of dissemination are bulletins/magazines, followed by public lecture and occasional publications. It was also found the respondents give more attention to dissemination than utilization and commercialization. About 33% of the respondents experience problems in research dissemination while 72% do not engage in the development of research outcomes for use. The attention on dissemination could be traced to the need for career advancement. It was recommended that more attention should be given to development to promote utilization and commercialization activities and thereby engender societal development.

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Title of Paper: Research dissemination, utilization and commercialization by academic staff of a Nigerian university.
Conference Name: HERPNET-KIU International Conference on Research in African Higher Education for Sustainable Development.
Conference Date: 2009-08-20
Published as Proceedings: no


Date:2009
Document Type:Conference Paper (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Research
Country:Nigeria
Keywords:Knowledge, Knowledge Distribution, Knowledge Management, Knowledge Production, Information Retrieval, Innovation, Research, Research Capacity


File Size:211 KB
Rights:Permission granted by editors
Date Added:27 August 2009


Oduwaiye, R.O.; Owolabi, H.O.; Onasanya, S.A. (2009). Research sissemination, utilization and commercialization by academic staff of a Nigerian university. Paper presented at the HERPNET-KIU Conference on Research in African Higher Education for Sustainable Development, Kampala.