Influence mechanism of job satisfaction and positive affect on knowledge sharing among project members: Moderator role of organizational commitment

Linhua Sang (Institute of Project Management, School of Mechanics and Civil Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, China)
Dongchun Xia (Institute of Project Management, School of Mechanics and Civil Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, China)
Guodong Ni (Institute of Project Management, School of Mechanics and Civil Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, China)
Qingbin Cui (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA)
Jianping Wang (Institute of Project Management, School of Mechanics and Civil Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, China)
Wenshun Wang (Institute of Project Management, School of Mechanics and Civil Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, China)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Publication date: 31 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the influence mechanism of job satisfaction and positive affect on knowledge sharing among project members in Chinese construction industry, and test the moderating role of organizational commitment between them in order to find a new approach from the perspective of psychology to improve the knowledge sharing performance within project management organizations in China constantly.

Design/methodology/approach

An empirical study was used based on confirmatory factor analysis and hierarchical regression analysis with a sample of 540 project members from 80 project management organizations in China.

Findings

Research results showed that job satisfaction and positive affect of project members both have a significant positive impact on knowledge sharing; organizational commitment could moderate the influence of job satisfaction and positive affect on knowledge sharing among project members partially within the Chinese context.

Research limitations/implications

A questionnaire study from China only represents the relationship and regular pattern within a shorter time interval in the Chinese context. It is necessary to continue to implement a longitudinal study in a relatively long period in future research.

Practical implications

Knowledge sharing among project members can be enhanced through improving job satisfaction and positive affect, and strengthening project members’ organizational commitment can amplify the influence effect of job satisfaction and positive affect on knowledge sharing.

Originality/value

This paper clarifies the direct influence mechanism of project members’ job satisfaction and positive affect on explicit knowledge sharing (EKS) and tacit knowledge sharing (TKS), and further tests the partial moderating effect of organizational commitment on the influence relationship of job satisfaction and positive affect on EKS and TKS.

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Acknowledgements

This research was supported by Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Project No. 2013W22), Humanities and Social Sciences Project of Ministry of Education in China (Project No. 17JDGC039), and Research and Practice Project of Graduate Education and Teaching Reform of China University of Mining and Technology (YJSJG-2018-012).

Citation

Sang, L., Xia, D., Ni, G., Cui, Q., Wang, J. and Wang, W. (2019), "Influence mechanism of job satisfaction and positive affect on knowledge sharing among project members: Moderator role of organizational commitment", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 27 No. 1, pp. 245-269. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-10-2018-0463

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