Knowledge management in universities: A strategic approach

Rooney, David (2000) Knowledge management in universities: A strategic approach. On The Horizon, 8 4: 11-13. doi:10.1108/10748120010803528

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Author Rooney, David
Title Knowledge management in universities: A strategic approach
Journal name On The Horizon   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1074-8121
Publication date 2000-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/10748120010803528
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 8
Issue 4
Start page 11
End page 13
Total pages 3
Editor Tom P. Abeles
Place of publication Bradford, U.K.
Publisher Emerald
Collection year 2000
Language eng
Subject 350299 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
330104 Educational Policy, Administration and Management
740301 Higher education
Formatted abstract
If universities are to shift from historical modes of operation to more managerialist modes we are compelled re-examine them in this new light. In particular, I am concerned to ask if university administrators adequately understand what knowledge is. Indeed, I want, as a reasonable generalisation, to suggest that universities do not approach strategic management with a clear view of what their "product" (knowledge) is.

Why do universities increasingly have priorities like privileging research revenue over research publication? Why do they seem less interested in seeing students on campus and more in having them dial in? One answer is that they do not understand their essence, knowledge. I argue that universities do not approach strategic management with a clear view of what their “product” (knowledge) is.

I suggest that an applied epistemology can be developed around two central themes: a theory of knowledge, and a theory of knowledge environments. Having sketched out such a theoretical base, a model that conceptualizes the university as a complex knowledge system is presented. This model directs the attention of strategic managers to focus on four domains: relational context, interpretive context, situation and individuals.
Keyword Knowledge
Social epistemology
Knowledge management
Higher education
Educational administration
Q-Index Code C3
Additional Notes Published July/August 2000. Author's preferred title: "Applied epistemology and knowledge management in universities: A strategic approach."

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