Knowledge transfer through a transnational program partnership between Indonesian and Australian universities

Sutrisno, Agustian & Pillay, Hitendra (2015) Knowledge transfer through a transnational program partnership between Indonesian and Australian universities. Asia Pacific Education Review, 16(3), pp. 379-388.

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As transnational programs are often advocated as a knowledge transfer opportunity between the partner universities, this case study investigated the knowledge transfer (KT) processes between Indonesian and Australian universities through an undergraduate transnational program partnership (TPP). An inter-organisational KT theoretical framework from the business sector was adapted and used to guide the study. The data were generated through semi-structured interviews with key university officers and document analysis from two partner universities. Based on the thematic analysis of the data, the findings demonstrated that the curriculum mapping process facilitated KT. However, different intentions of the partner universities in establishing the program led to declining interest to conduct more KT when expectations were not met. The Indonesian university’s existing knowledge, acquired from other sources through processes that were serendipitous and based on individual lecturers’ personal experience, meant that KT opportunities through the TPP were not always pursued despite written agreement to exchange knowledge with the Australian partner. While KT most evidently resulted in institutional capacity development for the Indonesian university’s school that managed the TPP, dissemination of knowledge to other units within the university was more challenging due to communication problems between the units. Hence, other universities seeking to conduct KT through TPPs need to understand each partner university's intention in establishing the partnerships, identify the institutions' needs before seeking knowledge input from the partner university and improve the communication between and within the universities for sustainable benefits.

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ID Code: 87391
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Transnational programs, Knowledge transfer, Case study, Indonesian higher education, Australian higher education, HERN
DOI: 10.1007/s12564-015-9384-7
ISSN: 1598-1037
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Education Research Institute, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
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Deposited On: 10 Sep 2015 00:22
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2017 14:01

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