Importance of Tacit Knowledge for a Successful Graduation from the University Students’ Point of View

By Jana Matošková.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies

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The study focused on the perception of the importance of tacit knowledge. The target group was university students. Questionnaires with the Likert scale were chosen for the survey data collection. As the term ‘tacit knowledge’ does not belong amongst terms that are commonly used by the general public, several other concepts to express tacit knowledge that could be more easily understood by the students were identified and used. The statistical analysis included constructions of heat maps, cluster analyses and analyses of variance. Qualitative analysis based on coding of semantic units was used as well. The research indicates students realize the importance of tacit knowledge, especially self-management and social skills, for academic success. There were found some differences in the perceived importance of tacit knowledge depending on gender, faculty the respondents were from, and the study program degree (Bachelor’s or Master’s). Further, situations connected with student’s life in which tacit knowledge is important were identified as well tacit knowledge important for academic success. The findings indicate some connections between tacit knowledge and personality characteristics.

Keywords: Tacit Knowledge, Academic Success, University Students, Questionnaire Survey

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, Volume 11, Issue 4, December 2016, pp.69-83. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 795.857KB).

Dr. Jana Matošková

Senior Lecturer, Department of Management and Marketing, Faculty of Management and Economics, Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Zlin, Czech Republic