oa Meditari : Research Journal of the School of Accounting Sciences - The attitudes and perceptions of South African accounting academics about research

Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1022-2529



The South African government is restructuring tertiary education, and subsidies to universities that do not build and strengthen their research capacity will be severely restricted. Hence, academics must publish more research.

This study used a questionnaire to gauge the personal opinions and perceptions of and attitudes towards research held by South African Accounting academics. The questionnaire was based on international debates and discourses on Accounting education and research that suggest factors that might affect research production and consumption, and on informal discussions with colleagues in the discipline. Tertiary institutions can use this constructive information to build a research culture and improve research output among these academics, by changing perceptions where needed and empowering Accounting academics to conduct research.
The results indicate that the main limitations to research output are inadequate qualifications and a lack of skills with regard to conducting research (only 10% of the respondents possess a doctoral degree), insufficient time for conducting research, financial factors, a lack of mentorship and departmental support, and difficulty finding research topics. The debate on 'teaching versus research' is also ongoing.

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