Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to look at the relationships among factors which result in improved knowledge sharing, through the empirical validation of a theoretical model consisting of three dimensions: expected benefit in relation to knowledge sharing, trust at workplace, and employee knowledge‐sharing behavior. Design/methodology/approach – This study targets three technological companies with a total of employees exceeding 1,500 ( n =563), utilizing a survey questionnaire as the data collection instrument to test the relationship among the three dimensions. The structural equation modeling approach is used to test the proposed model. Findings – The results show that trust at workplace has a mediating effect on organizational knowledge‐sharing behavior. It is also discovered that there is significant correlation between expected personal benefit through sharing knowledge and the development of trust at workplace. Originality/value – This study contributes empirical data to the predominantly theoretical literature by offering a deeper understanding of the mediating effect of trust on employee's expected benefit for the purpose of knowledge exchange behavior within teams and among teams.
Industrial Management & Data Systems – Emerald Publishing
Published: Apr 19, 2013
Keywords: Expected benefit; Knowledge sharing; Employees behaviour; Trust; Organizational culture; Information management
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