This paper aims to examine lecturers' experiences of moonlighting in the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
A qualitative approach was used. Data were collected through in-depth semi-structured interviews with 18 purposively selected informants. Data were transcribed and analyzed thematically.
The findings are that moonlighting is common at GIMPA, and the institutional environment is conducive for the practice. Knowledge of the practice is unclear. However, moonlighting serves as a source of additional income for lecturers, which a significant majority describe as enabling their continuing employment at GIMPA, but many pointed out the negative effects as well. Lack of a policy to control the behavior has been cited as a reason for the problem, which left lecturers to self-determine what to do. Moonlighting practice is affecting the quality of teaching and support to students by the lecturers.
The sample of the respondents who participated in the study is small and limited to 18. Their views cannot be generalized to all higher education institutions. But, the results show the seriousness of the problem and its implications.
Moonlighting is prevalent in GIMPA. It suggests that employees of other public higher education institutions are no immune to it.
This study is the first of its kind to explore the practice of moonlighting in a quasi-public higher education institution in Ghana. It has added to the empirical literature on the practice and the effects on the institution.
This research project is funded by the University of Ghana Business School Conference and Research Committee.Conflict of interest statement: On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.
Sakyi, E.K. and Agomor, K.S. (2020), "Moonlighting in Ghana's higher education institutions: exploring lecturers' experiences at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA)", Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JARHE-01-2020-0006Download as .RIS
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