Knowledge Management For Leveraging Innovation in Technical Educational Institutions

Pai, Srinivasa P and Pai, Asha S and Bhat, Subrahmanya K and Samaga, B S (2009) Knowledge Management For Leveraging Innovation in Technical Educational Institutions. In: Souvenir of the 39th ISTE Annual Convention on Managing Technical Education for Leveraging Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 18-20 December, 2009.

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Knowledge management (KM) has been emerging as a paradigm, which is bringing about a revolution in the business world. We are in the 21st century in which knowledge is considered as the driving force, which drives the economies all over the world. Literature and case studies are filled with examples which emphasize the role of KM in transforming businesses towards excellence and supporting innovation. KM is also being applied to educational Institutions and Universities in many countries all over the world. Technical Institutions in particular have lot of potential for KM application, as they generate not only trained technical manpower for the industries and businesses, but also generate and disseminate lot of knowledge. Innovation in the form of new products, processes, materials, in order to improve efficiency, economy, aesthetics, environmental concerns etc. happen in Institutions of higher learning and R & D organizations. There is a need to have a system in place, which helps in effective management of knowledge, that is generated on an ongoing basis in these Institutions and help in its proper management, storage and usage, protecting the intellectual property etc. Hence there is a need for a proper framework for understanding and analysis of KM. According to Peter Drucker (1993) – innovation is the application of knowledge to produce new knowledge. The survival of technical Institutions in this modern competitive world is dependent on how effectively, systems are developed that help and evolve in this continuous process of innovation. The intellectual efficiency of an Institution is measured in terms of patents applied for, received, R & D projects applied for, funding received, number of publications etc. The need for managing knowledge effectively has become all the more important to support innovation on a continual basis. This paper will provide a brief overview of KM and presents two models – a KM model which emphasizes three important components namely People, Processes and Technology and a model proposed by J.A.Johannesen (1999), which is based on a company’s vision that gives direction for knowledge creation, which in turn supports organization innovation and enables knowledge integration and use. Based on these two models, a framework can be evolved for using KM for leveraging innovation in a technical Institution.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Knowledge management, Innovation, Technical Educational Institutions
Subjects: Engineering > MIT Manipal > Printing and Media
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2015 14:29
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2015 14:29

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