Business and Management
Oxford Brookes Business School
This article applies social network analysis (SNA) as a methodological tool to investigate University-Industry (U–I) dynamism within the context of the Nigerian oil and gas industry. It examines the roles multiple stakeholders should play in enhancing an up-to-date curriculum in higher education institutions (HEIs). Based on stakeholder theory, participants were categorised into real stakeholders, stakewatchers and stakekeepers. Drawing from documentary evidence and 28 semi-structured interviews, three main themes emerged from thematic content analysis: (1) curriculum dynamism and the need for curriculum modification, (2) tutor-practitioner interaction and (3) issues surrounding U-I dynamism. Findings revealed that the present curriculum is not in tandem with current industry requirements, and the level of interactivity between the industry stakeholders and universities is low, thus having a knock-on effect on the dynamicity of the HEI curriculum. Further tests revealed that industry stakeholders occupy the position of global centrality within the network rather than government who are the regulators; a network density of 0.86 was obtained, mainly consisting of industry stakeholder groups while HEIs largely accounted for the residual unconnectedness (14%) within the network.