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Journal Article

Faculty Perceptions of Business Communication Skills and Needs of Management Students  pp297-312

Shailja Agarwal, Jaya Chintranshi

© Jun 2009 Volume 7 Issue 3, Editor: Dan Remenyi, pp297 - 397

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Abstract

It is unanimously agreed that a business communication curriculum plays an important role in preparing students for the workforce in the corporate (Pittenger, Khushwant K. S.; Miller, Mary C. & Allison, Jesse, 2006; Zhao, Jensen J. & Alexander, Melody W., 2004). However, Student population in India undertaking a program in business management primarily comprises those for whom English is a second language. In this scenario, it becomes extremely important to analyze how the faculty teaching business management students perceive the course of business communication and students' possession of business communication skills (Plutsky, Susan & Wilson, Barbara A., 1996). In this connection, very little work has been done on the perceptions of faculty teaching business management students in India. What are the areas of business communication curriculum which faculty perceives as important? What are those areas of business communication in which faculty feel students are more competent? Should something be added to the curriculum to make it more effective? This study enters this discussion by presenting a small empirical study of a faculty's perception of the business communication needs of students. A sample of 93 faculty members, teaching with AICTE accredited management institutions in India have expressed their opinion on the said issue by way of questionnaires. The ultimate goal is to reorient the curriculum of business communication according to the findings of the present study.

 

Keywords: business communication, oral skills, written skills, topics covered, knowledge dissemination, faculty perceptions

 

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Journal Article

The LIFE Technique – Creating a Personal Work Profile  pp57-72

Peter Sharp

© Mar 2011 Volume 9 Issue 1, ECKM Special Issue, Editor: Eduardo Tome, pp1 - 84

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the question: how can a personal work profile be created most easily and effectively for people considering their future? A personal work profile is a detailed description of the skills a person would like to use and characteristics of a work environment they would like to experience. This is valuable for all people of working age because it helps them find, or move towards, work which suits them best. This is tremendously important in Knowledge Management (KM). This is because when the an individual’s knowledge and skills are matched well with the work they conduct, there is a high level of job satisfaction, motivation and performance. Therefore, if there is a good match, employees and organisations benefit enormously. The paper categorises and critically examines literature relevant to the research question and explains why the new Look Into your FuturE (LIFE) technique (‘the LIFE Technique’) was designed, what is new about it, how it works and how it has been road tested, reflected upon and improved. The primary data strongly suggests that the stages of the Technique are useful and easy to do, and that it is a valuable initiative that should be developed and applied further in the future.

 

Keywords: storytelling, personal knowledge and skills, work profile

 

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Journal Article

Knowledge Management and Development of Entrepreneurial Skills Among Students in Vocational Technical Institutions in Lagos, Nigeria  pp155-165

Stella Ify Anumnu

© Jun 2014 Volume 12 Issue 2, Special Edition for ICICKM 2013, Editor: Annie Green, pp89 - 165

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Abstract: This study examined the extent to which learners in vocational technical institutions, capture, distribute, network and effectively use information made available to them during and after lectures that are entrepreneurially and skill oriented i n order to furnish the labour market with relevant school products. Development of an entrepreneurial skill is capable of equipping the Nigerian students to fit into different aspects of the economy after graduation. The study adopted a descriptive design . A twenty‑item unstructured questionnaire was used to assess 150 randomly selected final year students⠒ capacity to transform ideas gained in class into creative problem‑solving strategies in three vocational technical colleges in Lagos in south wes t Nigeria. Three research questions and one hypothesis were used as guides to the study. Data obtained were analyzed using descriptive statistics Pearson Product Moment Correlation. The major findings revealed that there is a significant relationship betw een knowledge management and the development of entrepreneurial skills among vocational technical students in the area of knowledge gathering, sharing, networking and students⠒ capacity to translate some curriculum elements into the world of work among others. Given the importance of knowledge sharing, creativity, innovations and connectivity through networking in today⠒s competitive world of work, it was recommended that students be linked up with several entrepreneurs who serve as mentors to student s during and after training. Students should be made to participate in seminars and workshops that are entrepreneurially oriented. There should also be regular visits of students to small cottage industries in the form of field trips. Vocational and Tech nical Institutions should establish an appropriate culture that encourages students to create and share knowledge within and outside the school. There should be a collaborative effort between vocational institutions and some government agencies, for examp le⠒ Small and Medium Entrepreneurial Devel

 

Keywords: Keywords: Knowledge, Knowledge Sharing, Management, Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Skills, Creativity

 

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Journal Article

MaKE First Steps — How a Definition of Knowledge Can Help your Organisation  pp487-496

Peter Sharp

© Jan 2008 Volume 5 Issue 4, Editor: Charles Despres, pp347 - 550

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Suitable definitions of knowledge for particular organisational contexts are valuable for knowledge management (KM). This paper explains why it is valuable, how it can be done and discusses valuable results that have been created by doing it. The why is explained in a brief discussion of relevant literature. The how is described through the use of MaKE First Steps (2006a). This paper summarises the process and this constitutes the methodology of the paper. The paper then describes three diverse organisational contexts in which it has been applied: a UK Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) company; a group of international postgraduate business students; and a large Chinese bank. The outputs of this work (definitions of knowledge for these organisational contexts) are presented and discussed in detail. There are significant patterns that can be discerned which give some clear suggestions about what knowledge is valuable for organisations and should be the focus of managers investment and time. This research gives us an insight into what organisations should focus on in terms of investment of energy, time and resources. Broadly, without being too proscriptive, they should focus on the skills and learning of the personnel that make the organisation they work for, special.

 

Keywords: knowledge definition, collaborative process, organizational context, skills

 

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Journal Issue

Volume 9 Issue 1, ECKM Special Issue / Mar 2011  pp1‑84

Editor: Eduardo Tome

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Editorial

Guest Editor Dr. Eduardo Tomé
Eduardo concluded a PhD in Economics with a thesis on the European Social Fund in 2001 at the Technical University in Lisbon. His main research interests are Social Policy and Human Resources / Knowledge Management / Intellectual Capital. He has published papers in International Refereed Journals as the Journal of Intellectual Capital, the Journal of European Industrial Training, the International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy, and the International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management. Since 2001 he has presented papers in around 4 international conferences every year.

 

Keywords: nalytic hierarchy process, change processes, co-creation, collective intelligence, competitive intelligence, conceptual learning, hospital-in-the-home units, intellectual capital, KIBS, knowledge interactions, trust-building mechanisms, computer services, case study, KM 2.0, knowledge, knowledge creation, knowledge management, knowledge management maturity, knowledge sharing, knowledge-based development, learning dynamics, operational learning, personal knowledge and skills, problem solving, sensitivity modelling, service business, services, social computing, SPF framework, storytelling, typology, university, user-generated content, Web 2.0, work profile,

 

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