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Sense of coherence as influencing information sharing at the workplace

Jannica Heinström (Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Science, Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway)
Farhan Ahmad (Turku School of Economics, University of Turku, Turku, Finland)
Isto Huvila (Department of ALM, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden) (Information Studies, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland)
Stefan Ek (Åbo Akademi University Library, Turku, Finland)

Aslib Journal of Information Management

ISSN: 2050-3806

Article publication date: 7 December 2020

Issue publication date: 23 February 2021




This study introduces sense of coherence (SOC) as a factor in information sharing at the workplace.


Data were collected by a survey conducted on 311 respondents in a multinational organization, and analyzed using partial least square structural equation modelling.


SOC influenced information sharing both directly and indirectly as mediated by trust and employee learning orientation. Trust, moreover, influenced receiving information more strongly than sending it, while employee learning orientation more strongly affected sending information.


The findings underline the importance of a holistic understanding of information sharing, including individual differences and employee well-being.



The authors acknowledge the financial support from the Academy of Finland for the DiWIL project (Grant no. 295743). The authors would also like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments.


Heinström, J., Ahmad, F., Huvila, I. and Ek, S. (2021), "Sense of coherence as influencing information sharing at the workplace", Aslib Journal of Information Management, Vol. 73 No. 2, pp. 201-220.



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