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Unformatted text preview: JOURNAL OF EDUCATION FOR BUSINESS, 85: 330–335, 2010 Copyright C ° Taylor & Francis Group, LLC ISSN: 0883-2323 DOI: 10.1080/08832321003604938 Knowledge Management, Human Resource Management, and Higher Education: A Theoretical Model Peggy D. Brewer Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, USA Kristen L. Brewer Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana, USA Much has been written on the importance of knowledge management, the challenges facing organizations, and the important human resource management activities involved in assuring the acquisition and transfer of knowledge. Higher business education plays an important role in preparing students to assume the knowledge management and human resource roles so necessary to organizations. The authors examined the relationship between knowledge man- agement, human resource management, and typical knowledge learning goals of an accredited business education program. A theoretical model is presented, illustrating how these relation- ships might overlap. The model proposes a linkage between knowledge management tenets, human resource management activities in organizations, and Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy for planning and evaluating educational goals. Keywords: higher education, human resource management, knowledge management The management of knowledge has increasingly become a topic of interest in both business–industry and education cir- cles. The processes through which organizations develop, organize, and share knowledge—knowledge management (KM)—can lead to a source of sustainable competitive ad- vantage (Hatch & Dyer, 2004). The generation and avail- ability of new and existing knowledge presents a tremen- dous challenge and opportunity to organizations attempting to compete in a global arena. Human resource managers are challenged to meet the ever-increasing demands of a tech- nologically driven environment. Educational institutions are equally challenged to keep pace with changes in the global business environment as well as the increased demands of stakeholders for accountability. Examining the relationships between KM, human resource management (HRM) activi- ties, and university business program goals may lead to a better understanding of ways to prepare graduates to assume CorrespondenceshouldbeaddressedtoPeggyBrewer,EasternKentucky University, Management, Marketing, and Administrative Communication Department, 521 Lancaster Avenue, BTC 011, Richmond, KY 40475, USA. E-mail: [email protected] roles in the business environments as well as give university programs a good way to measure assurance of learning. The purpose of this paper is to identify relationships be- tween organizational processes, human resource activities, and KM activities. Additionally, the knowledge dimensions proposed by the revised version of Bloom’s Taxonomy are used to demonstrate how knowledge as imparted and mea- sured in higher education might compare to KM in organi- zations (Anderson et al., 2001).zations (Anderson et al....
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