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Restless millennials in higher education - A new perspective on knowledge management and its dissemination using IT in academia

Seventy millennial students answered a survey on attitudes towards leadership and their desired approach to higher education. What is their perspective on knowledge management and dissemination in academia? Some romanticizing may be beneficial, but the great majority of students want to be enlightened and well-prepared for that which they will encounter in business markets. Three interviews with seasoned executives were also performed, to establish a contrast and see other perspectives. We conclude that to become a great corporate leader may in fact be dependent on your DNA and personality make-up, but this is not what is thought to be true, by the majority of the respondents in the survey. Motivation took the most votes as being fundamental for success, a positive sign and indicative of a hard working millennial generation, contrary to previous research findings. IT is also a precious partner in class, in particular, Moodle, the online News Forum, as well as the challenge to create original videos about course content.


Manuel Au-Yong-Oliveira    
GOVCOPP, Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering, and Tourism, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal

Ramiro Gonçalves    
INESC TEC (coordinated by INESC Porto), Faculdade de Engenharia, Universidade do Porto, Portugal; Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal


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