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How knowledge sharing affects career adaptability: roles of knowledge depth, self-efficacy and reflective thinking

Shiyong Xu (Department of Human Resource Management, School of Labor and Human Resources, Center for Human Resource Development and Assessment, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China)
Jia Yu (Department of Human Resource Management, School of Labor and Human Resources, Center for Human Resource Development and Assessment, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China)
Jinyi Zhou (School of Economics and Management, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, China)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 5 January 2024

Issue publication date: 30 April 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

Drawing on the social cognitive model of career self-management (CSM model) and deep learning theory, the authors' study aims to investigate the effect of knowledge sharing on career adaptability and explore how and when this effect occurs. The authors proposed a moderated sequential-mediation model linking knowledge sharing, knowledge depth, self-efficacy and career adaptability, moderated by reflective thinking.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors used a field survey involving 611 employees working in different enterprises in China to test the authors' predictions. For supplementary validation, the authors conducted a scenario-based experiment with a distinct sample of 148 employees from Chinese enterprises. The authors used hierarchical regression analysis, ANOVA analysis and moderated sequential-mediation analysis to test the hypotheses.

Findings

The results indicated a positive effect of knowledge sharing on career adaptability, sequentially mediated through knowledge depth and self-efficacy. Additionally, reflective thinking strengthened the positive effect of knowledge sharing on knowledge depth and further moderated the sequential mediating effect.

Originality/value

Previous research has predominantly focused on the perspective that individuals act as “recipients” from the environment in developing career adaptability. Instead, the authors adopt a “giving” perspective by investigating the influence of knowledge sharing on career adaptability, which advances the existing knowledge on the predictors of career adaptability.

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Acknowledgements

National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (grant no. 72202015).

Citation

Xu, S., Yu, J. and Zhou, J. (2024), "How knowledge sharing affects career adaptability: roles of knowledge depth, self-efficacy and reflective thinking", Career Development International, Vol. 29 No. 2, pp. 204-219. https://doi.org/10.1108/CDI-06-2023-0192

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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