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Knowledge Sharing in Ontario Colleges: The Way to Sustainable Education


  • Rania Mohy EL Din Nafea
  • Esra Kilicarslan Toplu


This paper puts forward several principles that the authors believe are essential for quality education in Canadian colleges. The relationship between establishing communities of practice, creating knowledge repositories, encouraging top management commitment to knowledge sharing and establishing a comprehensive reward system are examined in relation to innovation in education. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #4 of the UN postulates quality education among its top initiatives. The question that arises is how do we ensure that SDG #4 is implemented in higher education institutions? Accordingly, data was collected through observation of faculty and staff from the 2017 Ontario Colleges strike. Although a strong corporate culture exists in Ontario colleges, the system continues to struggle with explicit top management principles that support knowledge sharing across different disciplines. Inter and intra departmental forums including students are non-existent. Knowledge repositories, that staff, faculty and students can tap into are lacking. A greater conversation with stakeholders is imperative to weave all the threads of organizational behavior practices together to nurture future global citizens. Only then can we achieve sustainable quality education.

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  • Rania Mohy EL Din Nafea & Esra Kilicarslan Toplu, 2018. "Knowledge Sharing in Ontario Colleges: The Way to Sustainable Education," Journal of Management and Sustainability, Canadian Center of Science and Education, vol. 8(1), pages 156-160, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:ibn:jmsjnl:v:8:y:2018:i:1:p:156-160

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    1. Francesca Pallotti & Paola Tubaro & Alessandro Lomi, 2015. "How Far do Network Effects Spill Over? Evidence from an Empirical Study of Performance Differentials in Interorganizational Networks," Post-Print hal-01300339, HAL.
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    innovation; education; knowledge sharing; communities of practice; reward system; top management; sustainability;
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    • R00 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General - - - General
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