Importance of Knowledge Sharing in Higher Education Institutions
In this knowledge era, knowledge sharing has been found to be of utmost importance to organizations, especially in Higher Education Institutions where academics are knowledge workers. To keep up with the dynamic new economy where knowledge has become a valuable resource and asset, innovation is essential. This could be achieved by sharing and disseminating the new knowledge its employees create. Though knowledge sharing is one of the fundamental responsibilities of the academics, it is believed that there are academics who like to share their knowledge, and there are academics who don’t. As most of the existing literature focuses on the reasons for knowledge hoarding, the researcher felt that it might inspire academics to share their knowledge when they are aware of the benefits of knowledge sharing. So, this study intends to explore academics perception with a main focus on the importance of sharing knowledge among academics. Semi structured interview questions were used to collect data, a total of 15 academics from five Higher Education Institutions in the Maldives participated. Participants were selected by utilizing purposeful sampling method. The data were analyzed using thematic approach. The emergent themes are presented and supported with existing literature. As knowledge being a valuable resource and asset, it can be augmented if people share their knowledge among each other and learn from each other.
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