UWTSD London hosted its first knowledge exchange symposium


An international symposium designed to inspire, share knowledge a provide networking opportunities was held at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s London campus at the end of January.

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The aim of the Knowledge Exchange Symposium was to bring together a community of academics, researchers and practitioners, as well as current candidates of the Doctor and Master of Business Administration programmes.

The Symposium included a range of keynote addresses, research paper presentations and poster presentations by DBA and MBA students.

The keynote address was presented by Dr Peter Sharp who spoke about “Knowledge Creation and Innovation – Learning from Leonardo da Vinci”.   Dr Sharp has taught, trained, coached, researched and written in a wide variety of forums in higher education, business and charities over the past 16 years.  His expertise includes knowledge management, learning in organisations, personal development, life coaching and creative thinking/art.  He is also a postgraduate and doctoral programme supervisor.

The day also included poster presentations of the research topics currently undertaken by DBA and MBA candidates.

The research paper presentations held during the afternoon were divided into four groups and included a wide range of international topics around the themes of:

  • Knowledge Management and Banking and Finance
  • Leadership Effectiveness and Gender Paradox
  • Entrepreneurship and SMEs
  • Organisational Culture, Marketing and Business Performance.

During the Knowledge Management and Banking and Finance theme research topics included:  Investigating the role and scope of Knowledge Management: The Case of Federal Ministry of Budget & National Planning in Nigeria and Comprehending the role of Big Data in the Banking Industry in Egypt.

The Leadership Effectiveness and Gender Paradox theme included presentations on such topics as Searching for Effective Leadership in the Islands of Paradise: Improving Intrapreneurship and Performance in the Resorts of Maldives and Gendering Leadership: Comprehending the role & extent of Women Leadership in the UK Fashion Industry.

The Entrepreneurship and SME theme saw presentations on such topics as

Modern Perspectives on Women’s Entrepreneurship: Exploring the motivational effectiveness based on social psychological theory as well as a presentation on the Added Value to Managers’ Practice of Corporate Social Responsibility via MBA Programmes.

The Organisational Culture, Marketing and Business Performance theme saw presentations of research into The Impact of Corporate Culture on Job Satisfaction of Operational Level Employees in Sri Lankan Banking Industry as well as Invisible disabilities: How they affect people’s ability to work as well as a Metaphorical View of the call centres: The Psychic Prison – A Qualitative study of Indian Call centres.

Dr Amare Desta, Chair of the Symposium Committee and Professor of Information and Knowledge Management said: “This event provided a supportive setting for feedback on doctoral and masters candidates’ current research and guidance on their future research direction.  It was also an opportunity for our academic community to offer comments and fresh perspectives on each student’s work and assist our students to hone their academic and research skills in order to meet the expectations of society and business in order to prepare them for their future careers

“We were pleased to present prizes for the best research poster presentations to DBA candidates Mrs Kainat Fatima from UWTSD and Mr Tharwat Khalil from University of West of Scotland respectively”.

Dr Audsin Dhas, Executive Dean of UWTSD London campus said: “This was the first Knowledge Exchange Symposium to be held on the London campus and it was an excellent opportunity to share the wealth of research and topics currently undertaken by our DBA and MBA candidates which provided a truly international perspective on the study of Business and Management.  I’m grateful to all those who took part and look forward to the next event”.

Dr Conny Matera-Rogers, Provost of UWTSD London said: “The London campus is a welcoming international community of academic staff and students. The Symposium provided an opportunity to come together to share experiences and support our students in their journey towards their future careers around the world”.