English: This article reports on the perceptions of a group of proven researchers at a higher
education institution on various aspects of research. The aim was to make recommendations
on how the research output of academics may be improved. Wenger’s
theory of learning in communities of practice was used as the theoretical framework.
The approach was qualitative, by means of a case study design. Data was gathered
mainly by means of interviews and document analysis. The findings indicate that individual
motivation plays a significant role. However, communities of practice also
play a role in stimulating the research development of novices and experienced researchers.
Institutional support for learning systems can foster optimal participation
in research communities.