To share knowledge or not: Dependence on knowledge-sharing satisfaction

Wei-Li Wu1
1Department of International Business, Chien Hsin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Cite this article:  Wu, W.-L. (2013). To share knowledge or not: Dependence on knowledge-sharing satisfaction. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 41(1), 47-58.

Volume 41 Issue 1 | e2682 | Published: February 2013 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2013.41.1.47

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Knowledge sharing behavior does not occur naturally and easily. In this study, I hypothesized that knowledge workers would be more likely to share knowledge if they were satisfied with knowledge-sharing behavior. This positive attitude was labeled knowledge-sharing satisfaction (KSS). Drawing upon social exchange theory and motivation theory, I examined the relationship between KSS and knowledge-sharing behavior. Using survey data from participants employed in research and development departments at knowledge-intensive high-technology companies in Taiwan, I demonstrated that satisfaction of the need for a friendly sharing environment and satisfaction of intrinsic and altruistic motivation are positively related to knowledge-sharing behavior. These findings contribute to researchers’ understanding of the antecedents of employee knowledge-sharing behavior.

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