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ERIC Number: EJ1161988
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1539-1590
Organizational Cultural Theory and Research Administration Knowledge Management
Lehman, Dwayne W.
Journal of Research Administration, v48 n2 p52-66 Fall 2017
The administration and management of sponsored projects spans many levels within an institution of higher education. Research administration professionals require an operational understanding of a complex and intertwined set of disciplines that include project management, finance, legal, ethics, communication, and business acumen. The explicit knowledge needed for research administration is visible in work processes, policies, procedures and organized knowledge repositories. The implicit, or tacit knowledge required for the profession is much more difficult to externalize, codify, store and share. The management of this knowledge is greatly affected by the culture of the organization where the person works and the research administration community of practice. By applying organizational culture theory to the research administration profession and exploring shared artifacts, espoused beliefs and values, and basic underlying assumptions, barriers and opportunities for knowledge management initiatives are realized. Creating and sustaining a knowledge-sharing community involves establishing knowledge leaders in organizations that exhibit the ideals, beliefs and principles of the profession, allocating opportunities for research administration professionals to communicate and share, utilizing dynamic information systems, and establishing metrics for knowledge management initiatives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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