NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
PDF on ERIC Download full text
ERIC Number: EJ1099529
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1938-9809
Commodification of Knowledge in Developing Economy: The Case of the University of Botswana
Botshelo, I. S.
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2008 n2 Sum 2008
Many universities in developing economies were established as public universities to provide training for manpower requirements of the developing state. In the recent past there has been a shift in emphasis of preferred economic drivers towards practices common to knowledge based economies in developing countries. This move has compelled Higher Education (HE) institutions to pursue programmes which are aligned to the notion of commodification of knowledge. Although within this emerging environment public funded universities are not expected to be profit making, they have to function or operate in a manner that demonstrates entrepreneurship by engaging in third stream income generation without compromising their social responsibility even as they remain entrepreneurial to raise third stream revenue. To what extent is this possible and is it necessary? This paper identifies and discusses the parameters that would influence and direct state funded university operations towards attaining the phenomenon of commodification of knowledge. It uses the University of Botswana's context to guide discussion.
Oxford Round Table. 406 West Florida Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801. Tel: 217-344-0237; Fax: 217-344-6963; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Botswana
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A