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Fostering knowledge sharing and knowledge utilization: The impact of organizational commitment and trust

Mohammed Laid Ouakouak (Gulf University for Science & Technology, Mishref, Kuwait)
Noufou Ouedraogo (MacEwan University School of Business, Edmonton, Canada)

Business Process Management Journal

ISSN: 1463-7154

Article publication date: 26 July 2018

Issue publication date: 18 June 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the influence of organizational commitment and trust on knowledge sharing and on knowledge utilization. Also, the study aims to examine the influence of knowledge sharing on knowledge utilization.

Design/methodology/approach

A quantitative study was conducted among 307 employees working at Canadian organizations.

Findings

The results reveal that both affective commitment and professional trust have positive influences on knowledge sharing and knowledge utilization, whereas personal trust and continuance commitment do not. The authors also found that business ethics moderates the relationship between knowledge sharing and knowledge utilization.

Practical implications

These findings extend the literature on knowledge management and demonstrate, from a practical perspective, that in order to build a knowledge-sharing culture, managers must create conditions that allow affective commitment, professional trust and business ethics to flourish.

Originality/value

The current study offers an initial investigation of the effects of both kinds of commitment and trust on knowledge sharing and knowledge utilization.

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Citation

Ouakouak, M.L. and Ouedraogo, N. (2019), "Fostering knowledge sharing and knowledge utilization: The impact of organizational commitment and trust", Business Process Management Journal, Vol. 25 No. 4, pp. 757-779. https://doi.org/10.1108/BPMJ-05-2017-0107

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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