Journal of Management Information and Decision Sciences (Print ISSN: 1524-7252; Online ISSN: 1532-5806)


Impact of individual and institutional factors on the faculty research productivity at Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh

Author(s): Gangwani, S., Alhaif, A. M. H., & Ali, D. A. A.

Background: Faculty Research is the most important criteria for the ranking of any university conducted by the world’s universities ranking systems. Universities across the globe are taking many initiatives to promote the research culture among their academic staff.

Research Problem: Saudi universities have low research productivity due to their limited publication output. Al-Khalifa (2014) investigated the bibliometric studies of Saudi researchers. He discussed the low number of publications by Saudi universities and low impact factors. He stated that the production of scientific research, high quality research published in referred international academic journals and indexed in international research databases is considered poor compared to most countries in the Middle East. Saudi universities rank the lowest among other developing countries in terms of their number of publications. Further, the roles of academics in institutions of higher education are becoming more complex because academics have more responsibilities in teaching, research, and service than ever before (Krause, 2019).

Research Purpose: The purpose of present study was to identify the significant association between the individual and institutional factors and the faculty research productivity in Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh.

Material and Methods: This study was designed as a longitudinal trend study. The period of study was set from 2010-2020. The population of study included the faculty of Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh. Descriptive statistics i.e. frequencies and percentages have been used to analyze the faculty demographics. Independent sample t-test was used to interpret the data. Recommendations were included at the end of the research.

Research Significance: This study is helpful in identifying the significant factors affecting the faculty research productivity at Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh. The findings will help the scientific research department and the research centres to build an appropriate research policy and a strategic research development program to support the research productivity of academic staff.

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