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Article Type: Guest editorial From: International Journal of Educational Management, Volume 26, Issue 3
About the Guest Editor Jayanthi Ranjan is a PhD from Jamia Millia Islamia Central University, India, in the field of data mining and who has more than 18 years of teaching experience. She is currently the Professor at the Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad, India. She is also the chairperson of International Relations, Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad, India. She has published 50 papers in various international refereed journals and 80 international conference proceedings to date, besides ten edited books. She has received best papers awards twice. She is also the recipient of “Best Teacher Award” from AIMA-Ghaziabad Management Association, India, for her contribution to teaching and research. She has conducted several training programs in data mining and business intelligence to top companies in India and consulted with various companies in the area of data mining and business intelligence. Her teaching and research interests include data mining and building data warehouses, information systems design, information agents building and business intelligence. She serves on the editorial board for various international journals.
As Editor of IJEM I would like to thank Dr Ranjan very much for the efforts made in bringing together this special issue on Indian Education. It is much easier these days to organise an international issue with authors spread far and wide, but nevertheless it still takes some tenacity with contacts in the right places to know who can deliver an effective set of papers for you. The authors that Dr Ranjan has brought together are not known to me, but this is the beauty of using a guest editor in such a situation. Hopefully therefore this issue gives an opportunity to new authors and the guest editor to be known in a wider context of educational knowledge.
From Jayanthi Ranjan
The educational landscape is driven by growing complexity, increasing, and several market disruptions. Understanding the changes happening in this environment helps more rapidly adapt the knowledge management methods. This environment should in no way limit the educational creativity and innovation. Knowledge management enabled higher education should provide a vision to create new products, new educational models or processes that make a difference and create new markets in higher education. Knowledge management should embody the educational processes that seek a synergistic combination of data and information-processing capacity of information technologies on the one hand, and the creative and innovative capacity of human beings on the other. Knowledge management practices can differ: project-based, umbrella corporations, virtual communities or any multi-directional network. At the knowledge management tool level, researchers and entrepreneurs are racing to create the next generation of effective knowledge management applications and infrastructure, including communication, storage, gathering, dissemination, and synthesis in higher education. Using knowledge management techniques and technologies in higher education has become vital. If done effectively, it can lead to better decision-making capabilities, reduced development cycle time for curriculum development and research, improved academic and administrative services, better sharing of information and reduced costs.
It is in this context, we are pleased to introduce this special issue on “Knowledge management in higher education”. The call for a special issue attracted around ten papers and after a double-blind refereed process six papers have been accepted. This special issue contains the six papers, discussing various issues related to knowledge management. Below is a brief overview of the papers that appear in this issue.
In the first paper, Vandana Sharma studied and reviewed the role of knowledge management in engineering education system in India. In the second paper, Rajat Gera identified the gaps in knowledge transfer between academia and practitioners. The importance of consortia in higher education is focused in the works of Diana Burley, Cathy Gnam, Robin Newman, Howard Straker and Tanika Babies. The fourth paper by Kongkiti Phusavat, Suphattra Ketsarapong, Keng-Boon Ooi and Stacy Shyu discusses knowledge-based educational policies in Thailand. Brendan Boyle, Anthony McDonnell, Rebecca Mitchell and Stephen Nicholas discuss managing knowledge in internationalising universities through foreign assignments. Finally Mamta Bhusry and Ranjan Jayanthi explain the teaching learning processing using knowledge management process.
The Guest Editor thanks the Editor Professor Brian Roberts and Emerald Publishers for their support and guidance.
Jayanthi RanjanGuest Editor