Governance of Strategically Relevant Research in the Wholesale and Retail Sector

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

wholesale and retail

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Africa - South Africa

Why was it conducted at all?

South Africa, in common with many developed and developing economies, has moved increasingly towards mall-based retailing, with implications for the sustainability of small, medium and micro-retail traders and their job creation potential. According to South Africa's National Development Plan (NDP Vision 2030), an additional 11 million jobs are required, many of which will have to come from the retail sector. Furthermore, ownership of assets must be broadened to historically disadvantaged groups, constraints on investment and job creation must be removed, and South Africa must be positioned to build on its competitive advantages (Altman, 2013). To assist the sector to achieve these goals, strategic research is required to provide an overview of research requirements within the South African W&R sector.

What was the objective?

to provide an overview of the most economically relevant and strategically significant research requirements within the South African wholesale and retail sector

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 10 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

focus group; interview; survey

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: survey and interviews: to identify key strategic, tactical and operational problems within selected functional areas and major W&R categories, interviews also provided data on research problems Step 2: focus groups. Step 3: thematic analysis

Which stakeholders took part?

W&R sector organizations, trade associations, academics, banks and related private and government agencies. Survey: 64 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

A broadly representative list of W&R sector organizations, trade associations, academics, banks and related private and government agencies was identified. purposive sample of sector businesses, trade associations, labour unions and relevant government agencies was developed to recruit participants.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders were mere participants of the research prioritization process; they were not actively involved in the process.