Int. J. of Information Technology and Management   »   2013 Vol.12, No.3/4

 

 

Title: To share or not to share? Research-knowledge sharing in higher education institution: preliminary results

 

Authors: Nor Ashmiza Mahamed Ismail; Mark Xianzhong Xu; Michael Wood; Christine Welch

 

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Department of Strategy and Business Systems, Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth, Portland Street, PO1 3DE, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
Department of Strategy and Business Systems, Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth, Portland Street, PO1 3DE, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
Department of Strategy and Business Systems, Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth, Portland Street, PO1 3DE, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
Department of Strategy and Business Systems, Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth, Portland Street, PO1 3DE, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK

 

Abstract: The world has witnessed that knowledge has become a valuable resource and asset in a new economy, which demands people not only to create knowledge but also to attain, apply and share knowledge effectively. Knowledge sharing is viewed as a natural activity in higher education institutions (HEIs), especially in relation to its core activity, i.e., research. This study focuses on the nature of research-knowledge sharing in a university, exploring three aspects: 1) why sharing; 2) why not sharing; 3) what and when to share. Since there is a dearth of research examining knowledge sharing in academia, a qualitative approach has been employed in order to gain in-depth understanding and insights about the desired phenomenon. This study suggests that the way research-knowledge is shared does not follow a single standard pattern. The results generate original insights into the issues and have practical implications for university academics and leaders.

 

Keywords: explicit knowledge; tacit knowledge; knowledge sharing; research knowledge; higher education institutions; HEIs; universities; academia; university research.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJITM.2013.054809

 

Int. J. of Information Technology and Management, 2013 Vol.12, No.3/4, pp.169 - 188

 

Available online: 11 Jun 2013

 

 

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