Knowledge Management for Enhancing Management Graduates' Competencies

Knowledge Management for Enhancing Management Graduates' Competencies

Shalaka Sudhir Parkar (D.Y. Patil Institutes, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5115-7.ch014
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This chapter per the author lays into limelight the significance of the notion of Knowledge Management implemented on the academic level and the lucrative outcomes that originate and are practiced by the carriers of the knowledge, i.e., the students in the professional domain. Knowledge has become a crucial asset to any organization regardless of which industry it belongs. However, there is a prominent lack of management and systematization of knowledge in HEIs which projects adversely on the organisational performance of these students. Hence, this chapter emphasizes on the implementation of Knowledge Management in academic institutions to develop a powerful relationship between industry and institution through the medium of the competencies that are generated in the students through organisational learning and KM strategies.
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Knowledge has become a crucial asset to any organization regardless of which industry it belongs. This is due to the complexity involved in generating and managing knowledge to its fullest. Knowledge being an intangible asset, the investment made on it is difficult to justify in terms of ROI. In view of this, one may misconstrue that higher educational institutions (HEIs) are the source of knowledge generation and management and so require no investment in doing so. They already possess the best approaches, strategies and practices towards furnishing people with knowledge. As a result of this, there is no proactive discussion and re-thinking in the higher educational institutions whether to invest in designing or re-designing Knowledge Management (KM) practices to improve the quality of education and students learning outcomes. On the other hand, with the multi-fold and multifaceted global advancement in all the fields, preparing students for global citizenship has become a dire need. To do so, higher educational institutions should provide academic excellence and also groom students to be technically competent and globally employable. Thus, higher educational institutions need to manage knowledge consistently in innovative ways so that its knowledge management efforts typically focus on its objectives such as improved performance and competencies of students, outcome based education (OBE), competitive advantage, and innovation, the sharing of lessons learned, integration, and continuous improvement and so on. The implications of Knowledge Management range positively on a wide spectrum as it compasses in it, knowledge creation, knowledge maintenance, knowledge sharing, organisational learning and several other crucial components that promise the students a quality based education which is also pragmatically enriched as it would train them to survive and excel in the professional market and any other space that is conducive to the knowledge culture.

The objectives of this chapter thus revolve around the knowledge culture created by knowledge management tools and strategies induced into the academic environment so as to build a bridging trajectory towards the industrial world. The primary objectives thereby are:

  • To study the awareness and adoption of KM strategies and practices in institutions of higher learning with reference to the Management institutions under Savitribai Phule University, Pune, India

  • To suggest Knowledge Management as a strategic tool for capacity and competency building for Management Students.

The review of literature trailing below aims to analyse Knowledge Management strategies, their implementation in management institutes and other institutions of higher learning in India, their pivotal role in enhancing the management graduates’ competencies in light of Huang’s four process of Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning.

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