Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

A Study on the Assessment of Knowledge Sharing Behaviour among Research Scholars in Bharathidasan University

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

A Study on the Assessment of Knowledge Sharing Behaviour among Research Scholars in Bharathidasan University

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1. INTRODUCTION

Knowledge is generally considered as facts, information and skills acquired through experience or education. It can also be referred as theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. According to the extent at which knowledge is shared among persons, knowledge may be classified as explicit or tacit. An academic knowledge or know how that is described in formal language, print or electronic media is termed as explicit knowledge. It is easy to communicate, store and disseminate. The practical, action oriented knowledge or know how based on practice or acquired through personal experience is termed as tacit knowledge. It is seldom expressed often resembles institution. It is difficult to communicate because it is deeply rooted in action, commitment and involvement.

Several studies proved that knowledge sharing is the vital element to sustain the growth and development of an organization. In an organization both the explicit and tacit knowledge is commonly shared by means of social interaction with other workers which resulted with increase in organizational productivity. It is very difficult to provide accurate definition of knowledge sharing because different scholars defined from their own point of view.

Knowledge sharing is an activity in which knowledge from one person, group or organization transfer or spread to another person, group or organization (Heng-Li yang et. al 2000). Knowledge sharing is the process considered through various modes of communication which disseminate knowledge to members in the best time place and form (Junjun Zhang et. al 2008).

Studies revealed that majority of the students possessed a positive attitude towards knowledge sharing and were aware to its importance in the learning process. Students also recognized that active and voluntarily sharing of Knowledge is essential element of effective and meaningful learning (Ting jer yuen et. al 2007)

In tune with the above discussion, the present study is undertaken with the view to analyze the knowledge sharing behaviour among research scholars.

2. STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

To the individual, the possession of information or the ability to locate it, especially in the information technology era (Samuel Johnson). Knowledge is an intangible resource that exists with the mind of the individual (sveiby 1997).

Research studies proved that if opportunities for exchange of Knowledge are given between students, there will be a remarkable improvement in their domain of knowledge.

Like in any organization, knowledge sharing is the most important to enhance the required knowledge in the field of research and analysis among research scholars. Hence, the present study focused on the knowledge sharing behaviour among research scholars.

3. OBJECTIVES

The following objectives have been framed for the present study:

* To identify the various modes of knowledge sharing by the research scholars in Bharathidasan University

* To locate what areas of Knowledge been shared by the research scholars in Bharathidasan University

* To list out the benefits of knowledge sharing by the research scholars in Bharathidasan University

* To find out the factors that are affecting the knowledge sharing process by the research scholars in Bharathidasan University

* To study the significant difference between male and female research scholars with respect to mode of sharing knowledge, areas of sharing knowledge, benefits of sharing knowledge and factors affecting sharing knowledge

* To identify the relationship among the different variables under study

4. METHODOLOGY

The present adopted a survey technique and the data were collected from 150 research scholars of Bharathidasan University. The research scholars are pursuing either Mphil or PhD programme. The data were collected using a self developed questionnaire. …

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