Introduction

Engaging in research and research-related activities offers numerous benefits to individuals, organizations, communities, and nations. It can allow researchers to be at the cutting-edge of developments in their fields, thereby contributing to their personal reputations and their university’s ranking. Active researchers can also help identify and address issues of national concern, and, in this way, can contribute to sustainable social and economic development. It is through research that the quality of life people experience in any given society can be enhanced, and that organizations in the private and public sectors can become more responsive to social issues and community needs.