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Transforming Universities from Teaching Organizations to Learning Organizations by Implementing eKM: A Pakistani Public Sector University Scenario

Transforming Universities from Teaching Organizations to Learning Organizations by Implementing eKM: A Pakistani Public Sector University Scenario
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Author(s): Eram Abbasi (Bahria University, Pakistan), Nadeem A. Syed (Bahria University, Pakistan) and Arshad Siddiqui (BIZTEK.Inst. of Buss. & Tech., Pakistan)
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 5
Source title: Emerging Trends and Challenges in Information Technology Management
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-019-6.ch240
ISBN13: 9781616921286
EISBN13: 9781466665361

Abstract

In modern era of globalization, Organizational Learning is considered as a powerful tool to enrich the performance of an organization. Learning helps to develop the ability to respond to modern organizational challenges in an efficient and more effective manner. Successful learning processes are nurtured by information sharing, communication and understanding. Educational institutes are considered as learning centers and play a vital role in the development of a country by producing skilled professionals. The need is to improve the traditional learning styles in higher education system, where budding professional are developed who would be facing the challenges of the modern dynamic environments. This paper will firstly review the theories and concepts of Learning Organizations (LO) and Teaching Organizations (TO). The discussion then moves on to why a university is considered a TO rather than a LO and how a university can become a LO by implementing efficient Knowledge Management system. Then the obstacles that create a hindrance in this process with suggestions to remove these obstacles are discussed. With these theoretical bases, then a generalized framework for implementing eKnowledge Management in public sector universities of Pakistan has been proposed. Finally, the implications of this eKM are discussed with directions for further research.

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