Predictors of employees’ perceptions of knowledge sharing cultures

Catherine E. Connelly (Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada)
E. Kevin Kelloway (Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Publication date: 1 August 2003

Abstract

This study investigated whether organizational factors such as employees’ perceptions of management’s support for knowledge sharing, their perceptions of the organization’s social interaction culture, the organization’s size, and the organization’s available knowledge sharing technology, as well as whether individual factors such as age, gender, and organizational tenure had a significant impact on employees’ perceptions of a knowledge sharing culture. New measures to assess employees’ perceptions of management’s support for knowledge sharing, their perceptions of the organization’s social interaction culture, and the perceived knowledge sharing culture were developed. We found that perceptions of management’s support for knowledge sharing, and perceptions of a positive social interaction culture were both significant predictors of a perceived knowledge sharing culture. In addition, gender was a significant moderator: female participants required a more positive social interaction culture before they would perceive a knowledge sharing culture as positive as that perceived by their male counterparts.

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Connelly, C. and Kevin Kelloway, E. (2003), "Predictors of employees’ perceptions of knowledge sharing cultures", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 24 No. 5, pp. 294-301. https://doi.org/10.1108/01437730310485815

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