Sustainable research platform at the University of Botswana

Keneilwe Ntshwene, Jacob Kashiwagi, Dean Kashiwagi

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Abstract

The Project Management Section at the University of Botswana has been undergoing a test to transform the section from an education based faculty to a research based faculty. The test was initiated by a Fulbright Scholar (FS) from the Performance Based Studies Research Group (PBSRG), bringing a new research model, a new risk management (RM)/project management (PM) model, and a concept of a research based graduate education that had been very successful at PBSRG. They proposed increasing the level of research activity of the UB PM section by merging the graduate MPM program and the industry research effort. They proposed using a research based graduate program, treating the graduate students from industry as a resource instead of a student, and their organizations as a potential testing laboratory. The mechanism to make the effort a success is the very powerful technology of the Performance Information Procurement System (PIPS) and the deductive logic of the Information Measurement Theory (IMT). This paper captures the case study results and future potential of the concept, highlighting the operational model to sustain the research platform in an underdeveloped country in a resource starved environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCOBRA 2009 - Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Pages332-343
Number of pages12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
EventConstruction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, COBRA 2009 - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: Sep 10 2009Sep 11 2009

Publication series

NameCOBRA 2009 - Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Other

OtherConstruction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, COBRA 2009
CountrySouth Africa
CityCape Town
Period9/10/099/11/09

Keywords

  • Increased research activity
  • Research based graduate education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction

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    Ntshwene, K., Kashiwagi, J., & Kashiwagi, D. (2009). Sustainable research platform at the University of Botswana. In COBRA 2009 - Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (pp. 332-343). (COBRA 2009 - Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors).