Article Number: DRJEVS89032753
ISSN: 2734-2174

Vol. 2 (1), pp. 14-22, April 2020

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Original Research Article

Motivation and Academic Staff Research Productivity in Chartered Private Universities in Uganda

Geoffrey Boaz Hiire

Joseph Oonyu

Robert Kyaligonza


This study investigated the influence of motivation factors on academic staff research productivity in chartered private universities in Uganda. The study used the descriptive cross-sectional survey design using qualitative and quantitative approaches on academic staff in the universities. Data were collected using questionnaire survey and an interview guide. Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential methods. Descriptive statistics and qualitative findings revealed that research productivity, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation of academic staff were fair. Regression analysis revealed that while intrinsic motivation had a positive significant influence on research productivity, extrinsic motivation had a positive but insignificant influence on research productivity. Therefore, it was concluded that the motivation factor of intrinsic motivation is imperative for research productivity but extrinsic motivation has marginal contribution to research productivity of academic staff. It was thus recommended that the management of universities should establish strategies for promoting intrinsic motivation in order to promote research productivity of academic staff and efforts should be made to increase extrinsic motivation offers including higher pay to enhance motivation of academic staff.

Keywords: Extrinsic, intrinsic, research productivity, technological progress

 Received: March 2, 2020  Accepted: April 20, 2020  Published: April 30, 2020

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