Towards an understanding of the vision-mission statements of higher education institutions in Zimbabwe and the extent they foster a technological society for sustainable development [article]

Vincent Alec Mnkandla, Smile Dube, Isaiah M. Sibanda, Mabhena Mpofu, Patrick Ngulube, Lawton Hikwa, Similo S. Tizora, Stanley Mpofu, Samson Mtisi, Elizabeth Kabasa, Unity Chipunza, Gloria Kadyamatimba (+3 others)
2017 Zenodo  
The objective of the Thesis was to investigate the professional rationale for the adoption of the vision-mission philosophy by higher education institutions in Zimbabwe. The visions of excellence, technoprenuership, premier, world class seek to stimulate the market model to foster the technological society objective for sustainable development. The study built the footprints conceptual model based on the statements of 34 tertiary institutions. In driving the mandates, the brands seek to promote
more » ... the constituency servicing, governance, quality assurance, comportment, and evaluation footprints in line with opportunities for continuous improvement to match globally renowned examples. Specifically, the statements inspire the infinite manpower pool of thinkers, builders, improvers and providers to meet demand for infinite production, consumption, growth and development. However, the evidence was inconclusive to justify the statements as the default policy yardstick inducing sufficient strength, motivation and fit in the delivery of the mandates, failing which they are the classical model of intellectual dependency, leading to the principles and attitudes of copy-write. Steered through the postpositivist paradigm and using the mixed method, drawing data from document sources, a diversity survey and interviews, the study interrogated the multiple-case study of four science and technology universities. Enumerative content analysis and the QCA program were used in the presentation and analysis of the data by method of verification per footprint. From the empirical evidence, the philosophy was justified as an all-purpose purpose vehicle inspiring the core deliverables of excellence, research-innovation-entrepreneurship, the leadershipcommittee system, moral efficiency, and sustainable development. The predominant average mean rating of 2.4 meant that the statements were rated 'normal/adequate' rather than the aspired 'exceptional/world class', revealing evidentialism the missing link at adoption. The study accepted the prop [...]
doi:10.5281/zenodo.2554073 fatcat:57e3ydatcrgu7bvl6tnjvmd364