Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the validity of the theory of reasoned action as a general framework to predict knowledge‐sharing behavior and offer practical guidance to promote knowledge sharing in the Chinese construction sector. Design/methodology/approach – Based on survey data, structural equation modeling was applied to test the theory of reasoned action in the architectural design project team context in China. Findings – The results suggest that attitude toward knowledge sharing is more important than subjective norms in determining architects' willingness to share knowledge. But the two factors are positively correlated. Research limitations/implications – Although theory of reasoned action provides us with a powerful prediction model, it cannot explain the underlying mental processes. More attention should be paid to the development of the explanatory model in future researches. Originality/value – The results presented in this paper usefully imply that team managers should focus more on training architects to have a positive attitude toward knowledge sharing, so as to increase knowledge‐sharing behaviors. Moreover, the architectural design organizations should build up a knowledge‐sharing culture so that architects' attitudes toward knowledge sharing become more positive.
Chinese Management Studies – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jun 5, 2009
Keywords: China; Construction industry; Architecture; Knowledge sharing; Project teams; Action research
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