Beyond Open Resource Access: An Integrative Approach to Optimal Knowledge Networking

By Manu Rajan and Roby Rajan.

Published by Knowledge Management: An International Journal

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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

Knowledge Management: An International Journal, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp.9-15. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 231.722KB).

Manu Rajan

Technical Officer, National Center for Science Information, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

An engineer and information scientist by training, Mr. Manu Rajan has been involved in the provision of scientific and engineering information services and has trained professionals in the area of Knowledge Management. He works in the National Center for Science Information in the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, one of India’s premier scientific institutions.

Roby Rajan

Professor, Department of Business, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI, USA

Roby Rajan is a professor of business at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and the author of many interdisciplinary publications in national and international journals.