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ERIC Number: ED516773
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 75
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-6272-3
Knowledge Sharing at Work: An Examination of Organizational Antecedents
Behnke, Tricia M.
ProQuest LLC, D.B.A. Dissertation, St. Ambrose University
With the rapid pace of today's knowledge-driven industries, organizations are turning to successful knowledge management initiatives to obtain sustainable competitive advantage. As a result, one facet of knowledge management, knowledge sharing at work, has received increased researcher and practitioner attention in the last decade. However, in the past much of the focus has been on individual and motivational antecedents to knowledge sharing. This study contributes to the existing body of work by examining organizational factors--organizational rewards, organizational mechanisms, and interpersonal support--and their relationship with three measures of knowledge sharing including knowledge sharing attitudes, intentions, and behavior. Data were collected from a sample of 637 salaried employees of a large, Midwest-based manufacturing company. The results indicate knowledge sharing tools had a strong positive relationship with knowledge sharing, while time and effort required had an expected strong negative relationship with knowledge sharing Analysis also reveals partial support for a positive relationship between intrinsic rewards and knowledge sharing, co-worker support and knowledge sharing, and knowledge sharing training and knowledge sharing. Despite positive correlations, the regression analysis showed no support for extrinsic rewards, supervisor support for knowledge sharing, or pro-sharing organizational norms having a relationship with knowledge sharing. Contrary to expectations, having an organizational structure that facilitates knowledge sharing was actually found to have a negative relationship with knowledge sharing. Strong relationships between previously understudied organizational mechanisms and knowledge sharing attitudes, intentions, and behavior open the door to an exciting new chapter in knowledge sharing at work. Implications for managers and directions for future research on knowledge sharing are discussed. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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