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Does time perspective influence knowledge hiding? Empirical evidence from Indian employees

Namita Ruparel (School of Business, Woxsen University, Kamkole, Telangana)
Rajneesh Choubisa (BITS Pilani, Pilani campus, Rajasthan, India)
Himanshu Seth (O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India)
Gaurav Nagpal (BITS Pilani, Pilani campus, Rajasthan, India)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 17 August 2021

Issue publication date: 2 February 2022




The current study aims to explore the relationship between time perspective and knowledge hiding at the workplace.


The research adopts a cross-sectional design. Data were collected using purposive sampling technique from (n = 425) employees representing five sectors of companies.


Holding onto negative experiences of the past (past negative TP) and perceiving that one cannot control the outcomes of a circumstance (fatalistic TP) predict all three types of knowledge hiding. Staying in a perspective of working towards achieving a goal (futuristic TP) was negatively (although insignificantly) associated with knowledge hiding.

Practical implications

If organizations focus on shifting the time perspective of employees towards the future, KH can be curtailed. Consequently, knowledge management can be enhanced.


A decade of research has focused upon identifying dynamics of knowledge hiding at multiple levels, yet, the influence of TP on knowledge hiding is a novel empirical contribution to literature.



Ruparel, N., Choubisa, R., Seth, H. and Nagpal, G. (2022), "Does time perspective influence knowledge hiding? Empirical evidence from Indian employees", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 36 No. 2, pp. 11-13.



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