Title: Understanding how organisations use the internet to mobilise knowledge: findings from the field of education

Authors: Creso M. Sá; Brenton Faubert; Hilary Edelstein; Jie Qi

Addresses: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6, Canada. ' Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 100 Wellesley Street, 2803, Toronto, ON M4Y 1H5, Canada. ' Department of Theory and Policy Studies, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 6th Floor, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6, Canada. ' Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor West, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6, Canada

Abstract: This study examines the strategies used by organisations in the field of education to share the findings of research with potential users through their organisational websites. A parsimonious typology of web-based strategies was developed, based on the analysis of 178 institutional websites and on the relevant literature. Findings suggest that despite the hype around the potential of the internet to facilitate the broader dissemination of knowledge, the strategies of universities and other organisations in the field of education are still in their infancy. Limitations and possibilities of existing practices are discussed.

Keywords: knowledge mobilisation; knowledge transfer; internet; world wide web; web-based strategies; online strategies; educational organisations; research dissemination; online learning; e-learning; electronic learning; organisational websites; parsimonious typologies; education management; higher education; universities; KM; knowledge management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMIE.2012.043998

International Journal of Management in Education, 2012 Vol.6 No.1/2, pp.1 - 21

Available online: 28 Nov 2011 *

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