Toward a sustainable quality of university research: knowledge sharing and leadership

Nor Ashmiza Mahamed Ismail*, Christine Welch, Mark Xu

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It is claimed that by providing a sustainable environment, a university's research profile can be enhanced. The questions then arise how universities define sustainability, what criteria are used to judge sustainable quality in research and how a university can maintain sustainable research quality? This paper places emphasis on sustainable quality of research from perspectives of knowledge sharing. It is argued that effective sharing of knowledge among academics could lead to improved university research performance. It is most important that universities establish credible leadership influences on knowledge sharing. We apply Beer's Viable System Model to identify those domains of research leadership and knowledge sharing necessary for an institution to maintain sustainable quality in research. This paper considers examples of research-knowledge sharing in UK research communities, and explores a positive relationship between research leadership and research-knowledge sharing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - KIM 2013, Knowledge and Information Management Conference
Subtitle of host publicationSustainable Quality
EditorsRochelle Sassman, Brian Lehaney
PublisherThe Operational Research Society Limited
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780903440530
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2013
EventKnowledge and Information Management Conference: Sustainable Quality - Meriden, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Jun 20135 Jun 2013


ConferenceKnowledge and Information Management Conference
Abbreviated titleKIM 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Knowledge sharing
  • Research-leadership
  • Sustainability


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