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Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Online from: 1997

Subject Area: Information and Knowledge Management

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Bridging intention and behavior of knowledge sharing

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Title:Bridging intention and behavior of knowledge sharing
Author(s):Iris Reychav, (Lecturer at the Holon Academic Institute, Holon, Israel), Jacob Weisberg, (Professor of Management in the Graduate School of Business Administration, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel)
Citation:Iris Reychav, Jacob Weisberg, (2010) "Bridging intention and behavior of knowledge sharing", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 14 Iss: 2, pp.285 - 300
Keywords:Behaviour, Knowledge management
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/13673271011032418 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:Received 22 February 2009. Revised 22 June 2009 and 26 June 2009. Accepted 23 July 2009

PurposeThis paper seeks to present an innovative scale that sheds light on the ways in which intentions to share explicit and tacit knowledge impact actual knowledge-sharing behavior.

Design/methodology/approachSurvey data were collected from a total of 278 hi-tech workers. Structural equation modeling (SEM) was used to assess the research model.

FindingsSEM shows that the intention to share explicit knowledge influences explicit knowledge-sharing behavior to an equal extent both directly and indirectly. By contrast tacit knowledge-sharing behavior is influenced directly to a greater extent by the intention to share tacit knowledge and less indirectly by the intention to share explicit knowledge.

Research limitations/implicationsThe study provides a potential tool that may be applied by managers for the purpose of measuring explicit and tacit knowledge-sharing intention and behavior. Its limitations are due to the limited socio-economic and geographic variability of the companies and people that were studied, which may need further studies to substantiate.

Originality/valueWhereas there is a consensus as to the need for and the benefits of sharing knowledge, there are no tools for measuring the roots of sharing behavior. The scale presented here captures the underlying intention, measures it, and assesses the resulting behavior.

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