While knowledge has been widely considered a resource to be tapped for competitive advantage in the business world, few initiatives are visible in the institutions of higher learning. Research universities continue to be engaged in the production and distribution of knowledge, but they have been slow to adopt new modes of knowledge creation and dissemination. This paper examines the problems that researchers face in light of the traditional modes of knowledge dissemination, outlines new initiatives that are gaining ground, and makes the case for establishing a knowledge network linking not just databases and journals, but knowledge in all its forms. Though some initiatives are afoot to create knowledge networks, true networking can be achieved only when universities look upon internal and external knowledge as a resource to be optimally managed. This calls for extensive reforms in research institutions including new incentives and practices that impact knowledge creation and flow.
|Keywords:||Knowledge Management, Open Resource Access, Knowledge Networking|
Technical Officer, National Center for Science Information, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Professor, Department of Business, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI, USA