Academic Leadership and Knowledge Sharing in Nigerian Public Universities



Leadership is indispensable in the lives of organizations and academic institutions are no exception, however, academic leadership is exceptional in higher institutions. Debatably, leadership in academia goes beyond the institutions into the larger society, they strive to serve. Against this scenery, this study is aimed at empirically examining the influence of academic leadership (its components) on knowledge sharing(KS) among academics. A valid response rate of 391 was utilized in this study which was obtained from five hundred and ten (510) questionnaires (quota sampling technique was deployed) administered to lecturers in 13 public universities in north central region, Nigeria, while employing PLS-SEM to run the analysis. The findings reveal that four components of academic leadership out of six have positive significant influence on KS, however, the insignificant influence of ‘visionary and effective leadership’ was not predicted which may be due to study area-based issues – politicization of the emergence of academic leaders at the expense of merit criteria. Consequently, these six components of academic leadership may not be the only predictors of KS in academia. Hence, future research is called upon to widen the investigation by incorporating intervening variables and other relevant predictors to lend more credence to the model.

Keywords: leadership, academic leadership, knowledge management, knowledge Sharing.

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