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Flight of the Flamingos: A Study on the Mobility of R&D Workers
A Project by the Human Sciences Research Council in Partnership with the CSIR for the National Advisory Council on Innovation
Michael Kahn, William Blankley, Rasigan Maharajh, Thomas Pogue, Vijay Reddy,
Gabriel Cele

282mm X 210mm | 148pp. | R140.00 | 0-7969-2033-8 | 2004

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This study on the mobility of research and development (R&D) workers was carried out for the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI). The aim was to address concerns about the sustainability of South Africas R&D workforce and the perceived negative effects of the brain drain.

The project was managed by the Knowledge Management Research Programme of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and run in partnership with researchers at the CSIR. The project team comprised seven experienced researchers and managers at the HSRC, CSIR and the University of the Western Cape, overseen by a NACI reference group subcommittee. The final report produced received a high quality rating from the international reviewer.

The Knowledge Management research programme was established by the HSRC in April 2002 and has three foci of attention: the information society, the national system of innovation, and the functioning of knowledge intensive research organisations. This research was undertaken within the focus of the national system of innovation.




Executive summary


Chapter 1: Introduction
1.1 The context of the study 1
1.2 Terms of reference 4
1.3 Objectives 5
1.4 Components of the report 5

Chapter 2: Framework for understanding mobility among R&D workers
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Theoretical orientation
2.3 Policy
2.4 Methodology

Chapter 3: Quantifying the mobility of South Africas R&D workers
3.1 Introduction
3.2 South Africas human resources in science and technology
3.3 South Africas R&D workers
3.4 Key issues

Chapter 4: Mobility from the Perspective of organisations
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Issues concerning the mobility of South African R&D workers
4.3 Issues concerning mobility in priority fields of technology
4.4 Key issues

Chapter 5: Mobility from the perspective of individuals
5.1 Introduction
5.2 What do the interviews tell us about the mobility of R&D workers?
5.3 Key issues

Chapter 6: Policy implications and recommendations
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Recommendations for the short term
6.3 Recommendations for the medium term
6.4 Recommendations for the long term
6.5 Key issues



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Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6