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Knowledge Sharing: Influences of Trust, Commitment and Cost

Casimir, G., Lee, K. and Loon, Mark (2012) Knowledge Sharing: Influences of Trust, Commitment and Cost. Journal of Knowledge Management, 16 (5). pp. 740-753. ISSN 1367-3270

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Purpose – This paper’s aim is to examine the influence of perceived cost of sharing knowledge and
affective trust in colleagues on the relationship between affective commitment and knowledge sharing.
Design/methodology/approach – The methodology used was a survey of 496 employees from 15
organizations across ten industries.
Findings – Affective trust in colleagues moderates the relationship between affective commitment and
knowledge sharing and the relationship between cost of knowledge sharing and knowledge sharing.
Research limitations/implications – Future researchers should operationalize the perceived cost of
knowledge sharing construct to include other potential group barriers; for instance, politics and
organizational barriers, management commitment and lack of trust.
Practical implications – The findings of this study suggest that employees who value social
relationships and social resources tend to view knowledge as a collectively owned commodity. As such,
their knowledge sharing behavior reflects the model of reciprocal social exchanges.
Social implications – The results of this study indicate that an organizational culture that encourages
affect-based trust between colleagues will facilitate knowledge sharing.
Originality/value – The paper bridges the gap between the literature on knowledge sharing, perceived
cost of knowledge sharing, affective organizational commitment and trust in a single model.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: knowledge sharing, affective commitment, trust in colleagues, perceived cost of knowledge sharing, knowledge transfer, trust
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
Depositing User: Mark Loon
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2013 11:38
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:00

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