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A game-theoretical approach to understanding the relation between Honesty-Humility and knowledge hiding

Laat, B de (2020) A game-theoretical approach to understanding the relation between Honesty-Humility and knowledge hiding.

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Abstract:Knowledge is an important asset in today’s rapidly changing society. If companies effectively manage their knowledge and can stimulate knowledge sharing between their employees, they are likely to be more innovative and to have a competitive advantage over others. Unfortunately, employees often hide their knowledge from each other. This study examines reciprocation of knowledge hiding and the link between knowledge hiding and the personality trait honesty-humility. It does so by using a social dilemma game, in which knowledge hiding behaviour can be studied. In total, 100 participants played the game against an AI. Results showed clear evidence for reciprocation of knowledge hiding. Though honestyhumility did have significant correlations with knowledge hiding, it did not have a significant relation with knowledge hiding in the regression analysis, both as a direct predictor and as a moderator of reciprocation of knowledge hiding. The regression analysis did find that openness to experience, a trait added as a control variable, did significantly affect knowledge hiding behaviour. To counteract (reciprocation of) knowledge hiding among employees, companies would benefit from investing in better interpersonal communication and trust.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology, 81 education, teaching, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/80860
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