A Model of Intraorganizational Knowledge Sharing: Development and Initial Test

A Model of Intraorganizational Knowledge Sharing: Development and Initial Test

I-Chieh Hsu (National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan) and Yi-Shun Wang (National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-920-5.ch013
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Abstract

Prior research has reported different knowledge management processes, considering each universally applicable. This article proposes that context influences company knowledge sharing policies and practices and their effectiveness. Through a literature review, a model of intraorganizational knowledge sharing is proposed. Within this model, three organizational antecedents of knowledge sharing policies and practices are included, namely: top management knowledge values, an innovation business strategy, and perceived environmental uncertainty. Further, top management knowledge values and knowledge sharing policies and practices are hypothesized to lead to knowledge sharing effectiveness. The model was constructed by taking into account industrial contexts in Taiwan, and was examined using survey data collected from companies in Taiwan. The results showed that top management knowledge values and innovation business strategy are positively and significantly associated with knowledge sharing policies and practices, which in turn lead to knowledge sharing effectiveness. Finally, this article identifies and discusses implications for international information management.

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