Original Research

Technology and collaboration as strategic drivers shaping higher education

Dirk Rossouw, Geoffrey A. Goldman
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 19, No 1 | a1307 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v19i1.1307 | © 2023 Dirk Rossouw, Geoffrey A. Goldman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 October 2022 | Published: 23 June 2023

About the author(s)

Dirk Rossouw, Department of Business Management, College of Business and Economics, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
Geoffrey A. Goldman, Department of Business Management, College of Business and Economics, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

Abstract

Strategic drivers are the most powerful agents of change not only altering industries, but also the strategic landscape of South African Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Within this volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world, technology and collaboration and its interrelatedness seems most profound for HEIs. Therefore, exploring the impact of technology and collaboration as strategic drivers would allow South African HEIs to serve its socio-economic purpose more effectively. In support of this aim, an interpretive paradigm, employing qualitative methods, was pursued. A qualitative survey design was utilised whereby semi-structured interviews were conducted with 17 research participants occupying senior management positions at seven public and one private South African HEI. Data were analysed in applying conventional content analysis with the assistance of Atlas ti. The results confirmed technology and collaboration as strategic drivers and to be critical for South African HEIs. Especially the importance technology was emphasised by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, while technology also render collaboration more accessible for HEIs. To this end, South African HEIs have to rethink strategy post COVID-19 in using technology to enhance technology integrated teaching and learning practices within the realm of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR). Furthermore, to also collaborate nationally and internationally to ultimately develop the higher education sector.

Keywords

collaboration; higher education institutions; strategic drivers; strategy; technology; 4IR.

JEL Codes

F60: General; M20: General; Q55: Technological Innovation

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 4: Quality education

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