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Collaborative knowledge sharing strategy to enhance organizational learning

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Purpose ‐ The main purpose of the paper is to assess and suggest the ways and means to enhance a collaborative knowledge sharing culture in academic institutions, with special reference to information technology (IT)-related education in the Management Faculty of the University of Pune. Design/methodology/approach ‐ The research is descriptive and empirical in nature because the primary data were collected using the survey method through fact finding techniques such as questionnaire and interview. The main purpose of this research is to obtain information concerning the current status of the phenomena to describe "what exists" with respect to variables or conditions in a situation. Findings ‐ The sustainability of any industry is closely linked to the manpower talent made available by the academic institutions. Therefore in order to service the needs of the industry in tune with rapidly changing trends, academic institutions have to implement innovative learning systems and be able to match up to the expectations of the industry for knowledge support. Collaborative knowledge sharing links the learning and knowledge processes to enhance organizational learning. The knowledge grows more with communication, sharing of ideas and transfer of knowledge through face-to-face communication, discussions, faculty development programs, industry-institute interactions. Academic institutions should align their human resource strategies, practices and processes in such a way that collaborative knowledge sharing becomes a part of the work culture and overcome the barriers to knowledge sharing. There is need to develop systems that can recognize and reward the efforts of employees who share their knowledge. This can empower collaborative knowledge sharing culture in an academic institute. Research limitations/implications ‐ In the same context as the practical implications of the paper, it is also appropriate and important to study further how, and to what extent collaborative knowledge improves the performance of the academic institutes. Also, the impact of collaborative knowledge sharing on the quality of higher education. Practical implications ‐ The recommendations in this paper focus on factors influencing collaborative knowledge sharing culture and also the practices of collaborative knowledge sharing to enhance organizational learning in an academic institute. Originality/value ‐ This paper contributes original empirical data on the collaborative knowledge sharing strategy to enhance organizational learning.
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Keywords: Academic institutions; Collaboration; Information technology; Knowledge sharing; Learning organizations; Organizational learning; Universities

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-03-16

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