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Journal of Emerging Trends in Engineering and Applied Sciences (JETEAS)


Article Title: Learn and Grow
by Z. Tjiparuro

In the words of futurologist Alvin Toffler 'The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.' Formal education teaches only the fundamentals to the extent that by the time a graduate is out of the college, chances are that the education they have received may be completely irrelevant. This is why paying close attention to new concepts, ideas, and movements that are happening around us becomes imperative. In the knowledge economy, countries compete on the bases of the knowledge and creativity of their people to exploit natural resources. This paper, coming from a human-resource perspective, offers an alternative view to the management of research and technology organisations (RTOs) in Botswana. It argues that systems that shun the principle of 'learning and growth' and essentially operate on the basis of queuing principles such as the 'first come, first served' approach, are uninspiring, and do not mould organisations with the capacity to perform at knowledge economy level. For starters, the private sector that needs research and technology services, and funds it, normally operates at world class or knowledge base level. As such, such a private sector will, out of prudence, approach equally world class research institutions for their research needs. Given the foregoing and the fact that, RTOs in Botswana have never operated at world class status as observed in literature, this paper, extensively reviews literature and draws from the industry experience of the author to drive home the thesis that a lot of Botswana's RTOs do not embody human resources attributes of world class research and development institutions and that in their present state, these RTOs will find it difficult to perform at a knowledge economy level. The paper offers easy-to-understand measurements from a 'learning and growth' perspective, on the attributes, the critical mass of knowledge and intellectual credibility, which an organisation that seeks to be a meaningful player in a world-class economy should have.
Keywords: knowledge assets, intellectual capital, technology management, human resources capital
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ISSN: 2141-7016

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University of Newcastle
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