The Relationship of Leadership in Knowledge Management Towards Effectiveness in Higher Education Institutes

The Relationship of Leadership in Knowledge Management Towards Effectiveness in Higher Education Institutes

Esra Aldhaen (Ahlia University, Bahrain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9639-4.ch013

Abstract

Higher education institutes around the world are facing serious challenges in particular to strategic planning, accreditation, and deriving high-priority operations. Various studies declared that one of the main aspects that is causing higher education institutes a tremendous failure is leadership styles, specifically the random selection of leaders to run the operations to match with the recruitment cycle. In some countries such as the United Kingdom, leaders of the higher education institute or the school within the university must be changed after a specific year handling the position. This change normally impacts the change of leadership styles and strategies, including knowledge management and sharing strategies. This was found to be one of the important factors that could hinder the operations and may lead to failure in implementing the planned targets.
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Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) around the world are competing to be ranked among top classified universities, various researchers have investigated the role of leadership and strategic decision making towards HEIs excellence (Aldhean,2017). For instance, (Al Shobaki et.al, 2016) investigated the role of knowledge management maturity in HEIs to improve the performance of the Institutions, and defined Knowledge Management leadership as a key factor towards effective performance for HEIs. In the same context, Ng'ambi, D., & Bozalek, V. (2013) highlighted the importance of the transformational leadership towards effective operations of HEIs, Ng'ambi, D., & Bozalek, V. (2013) also emphasized on integrating information technology to share knowledge within the organizations. Hamlin, R. G., & Patel, T. (2017) conducted a study in France investigating managerial and leadership behaviors required for effective implementation of HEIs, the study was conducted across 37 academics and concluded that informative leaders are needed to support the organizational goals and objectives.

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