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Title: Job satisfaction of university academics : perspectives from Uganda.
Author: Ssesanga, Nasser Abdool Karim.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3476 2466
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2001
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This study investigated factors contributory to Ugandan academics' satisfaction and dissatisfaction reported by a sample of (N=182) respondents drawn from the population of dons in two universities in Uganda: Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) and Makerere University, Kampala (MUK). Sources of Ugandan dons' satisfaction and dissatisfaction were examined in the context of the Herzberg dichotomy, drawing comparisons with evidence adduced from other cultural settings. The research aimed to elicit evidence-informed data to obtain insights into the state of the academic profession in Uganda, and in the process define priorities that might focus the discourse of university administrators, planners, managers, policy makers, and researchers. A three-phase research design was utilised involving both quantitative and qualitative approaches to data extraction. An objective-focused survey instrument with eight job aspects of academics, containing both scale and open-ended items, was constructed and administered. Additionally, interviews and documentary data were used to triangulate the findings so as to give greater support to any conclusions that may be made. The factors most prevalent in the prediction of Ugandan dons' satisfaction related to co-worker behaviour, supervision and intrinsic facets of teaching. Analogously, the stimuli that created respondents' dissatisfaction were largely extrinsic (contextual) factors with respect to remuneration, governance, research, promotion, and working environment. It is potentially instructive to note, however, that the findings did not lend support to Herzberg's contention that intrinsic and extrinsic factors are mutually exclusive. Consistent with the situational occurrences theory, Quarstein (1992) supported by Oshagbemi (1997) and Evans (1998), it was concluded that any given factor be it intrinsic or extrinsic could either evoke satisfaction or induce dissatisfaction. While age, rank, as with tenure significantly predicted academic job satisfaction, no evidence was adduced to support a gender influence on respondents' job satisfaction. Emerging from the findings, implications for job satisfaction of Ugandan academics were formulated, recommendations made, and a research agenda proposed. This research, thus, offers not only sound insights into the state of the academic profession in Uganda, but also it forms a benchmark for future research
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Ugandan; Universities; Dissatisfaction; Age Labor Education