Research Barriers Experienced by South African Academics in Information Systems and Computer Science

  • Dhriven Hamlall
  • Jean-Paul Van BelleEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 963)


Information Systems (IS) and Computer Science (CS) research can provide a much-needed knowledge foundation for social development, innovation and economic growth. The purpose of this paper is to determine the main research productivity barriers that affect South African academics in IS and CS; to gain an insight into what motivates or incentivizes IS and CS researchers to conduct research and publish their work; and to identify what changes are necessary in order to increase IS and CS researchers’ productivity. There were 38 respondents in this study. The main research barriers identified were: lack of adequate time for research due to too many simultaneous tasks, too many other official duties and teaching. Poor institutional support and lack of funding, reward, compensation or recognition also emerged as significant research barriers. The results from this paper aim to positively influence government policies with regards to research productivity in SA HEIs. The details of this study are available to all researchers, possibly to lobby their institutions.


Research productivity Research barriers Research incentives Research policy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for IT and National DevelopmentUniversity of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa

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