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Work design as antecedent of knowledge sharing behavior

Schmidt, Philip (2012) Work design as antecedent of knowledge sharing behavior.

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Abstract:This study examines work design as an antecedent for employees’ Knowledge Sharing Behavior (KSB). As intraorganizational knowledge sharing has a positive impact on organizational performance and innovativeness (Wijk, Jansen & Lyles, 2008), managers must find ways to encourage voluntary knowledge sharing of employees. Work design as HR practice can encourage KSB (Cabrera & Cabrera, 2005). The dimensions task, knowledge and social characteristics are hypothesized to have a positive influence on KSB in this study. Organizational context is theorized to interact with work design as additional antecedent. 384 employed students of the Berlin School of Economics and 184 company data sets of partnering companies could be obtained. Using multiple regression analysis, a model of work characteristics as antecedent of KSB was built. It accounts for 24 % of observed variance. The results indicate that employees working in jobs with enriched task and knowledge characteristics show a larger KSB. In the complex field of numerous impacting elements on individual, team, organizational and contextual factors, the findings underline the importance of work design as antecedent of KSB. High job autonomy and task variety, next to others, must thus be ensured in the design of work. Further implications for theory and practice are discussed.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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