Exploring the Intersection of Knowledge Management and Spirituality in Higher Education Institutions
Keywords:knowledge management, knowledge management practices, spirituality, organizational sprituality, education, higher education institutions
Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have the fundamental role of teaching, research, and interaction with society, which are the three main vertices in the creation and dissemination of knowledge. HEIs can enhance their sustainability and competitiveness by effectively managing the knowledge of each collaborator and creating more value. In this way, HEIs lay the foundation for sustainable growth and extend their competitive advantages. However, it requires motivated and committed collaborators aligned with the mission, values, and objectives of the organization. Therefore, we suggest that the incorporation of spirituality can promote innovation, organizational sustainability, and increase knowledge management practices. To address the research gap on the integration of KM and spirituality in HEIs, we conducted a literature review using three databases, Web of Science, Scopus, and EBSCO. The review revealed that the integration of KM and organizational spirituality has not been studied in an integrated way. As such, we present suggestions for future research and practice, emphasizing the need for HEIs to focus on managing knowledge and incorporating spirituality into their practices to enhance their competitiveness and sustainability. Accordingly, this study contributes to the literature by awarding and discussing KM and spirituality as two key components of HEIs. Once, incorporating spirituality can promote innovation, organizational sustainability, and increase knowledge management practices. Moreover, this study provides valuable insights for HEIs to improve their management practices, promote sustainability, and enhance their competitive advantages.
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