Unravelling knowledge creation and management in educational organisations: barriers and enablers

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Knowledge Creation and Management (KCM) is one of the main strategies for fostering improvement in any kind of organisation, including educational organisations, on which this paper is focused. While KCM is being widely studied, little attention has been given to KCM in organisations supplying education, training and/or assessment services to learners (i.e., primary and secondary schools or higher education institutions, among others). From an educational management approach, the aim of this paper is to describe and analyse the factors that foster or inhibit KCM processes conducted within educational organisations. Professionals (n=84), moderators and managers or institutional leaders of four selected cases were surveyed and interviewed. Results show the importance of the main organisational and procedural factors (i.e., organisational values and goals, leadership, structure, culture, dynamics, Information and Communications Technologies, KCM processes and people) to improve KCM results in educational organisations.

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The ACCELERA project is a research project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education National R&D Plan, projects SEC2003-08366 and SEJ2007-67093/EDUC, supervised by Joaquín Gairín.

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Rodríguez-Gómez, D., Gairín, J. Unravelling knowledge creation and management in educational organisations: barriers and enablers. Knowl Manage Res Pract 13, 149–159 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1057/kmrp.2013.37

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Keywords

  • communities of practice
  • knowledge communities
  • knowledge creation
  • innovation
  • knowledge management practice