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Conceptualizing a teacher–student knowledge exchange perspective: exploring the tripartite relationships between SECI theory, LMX theory and HEIs' students' preparedness for the workplace

Ayodotun Stephen Ibidunni (Department of Business Management, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria) (Center for Economic Policy and Developmental Research, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria)
Oyebisi M. Ibidunni (Federal Inland Revenue Service, Abeokuta, Nigeria)
Olufemi A. Akinbola (Department of Business Administration, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria)
Maxwell A. Olokundun (Department of Business Management, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria)
Olaleke O. Ogunnaike (Department of Business Management, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria)

Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning

ISSN: 2042-3896

Article publication date: 10 June 2020

Issue publication date: 27 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This research investigated the influence of the dimensions of the SECI theory, LMX theory and a newly developed teacher–student knowledge exchanges (TSKE) on preparedness of students for the workplace.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on a sample size of 214 business education students drawn from six programmes, structural equation modelling using AMOS was adopted to show relationships between dimensions of SECI, LMX and TSKE.

Findings

The statistical analysis revealed that dimensions of the SECI theory, especially socialization and externalization; dimensions of the LMX theory, especially professional respect; and dimensions of the newly developed TSKE perspective, especially the SECI-dominated knowledge exchange were significant influencers of students' workplace preparedness.

Originality/value

Existing literature that focussed on the knowledge management theme in education industry scarcely examined the processes that are critical to knowledge creation and exchange in HEIs. Therefore, the present study adopts a synthesis of SECI and LMX theories to explain how knowledge creation can occur in HEIs and prepare students for the workplace.

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Citation

Ibidunni, A.S., Ibidunni, O.M., Akinbola, O.A., Olokundun, M.A. and Ogunnaike, O.O. (2021), "Conceptualizing a teacher–student knowledge exchange perspective: exploring the tripartite relationships between SECI theory, LMX theory and HEIs' students' preparedness for the workplace", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 330-348. https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-02-2020-0029

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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