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Knowledge sharing direction and innovation performance in organizations: Do absorptive capacity and individual creativity matter?

Shuliang Zhao (School of Public Affairs, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China)
Yanhong Jiang (School of Public Affairs, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China)
Xiaobao Peng (School of Public Affairs, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China)
Jin Hong (School of Public Affairs, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China)

European Journal of Innovation Management

ISSN: 1460-1060

Article publication date: 23 March 2020

Abstract

Purpose

Because the mechanism of how knowledge sharing affects organizational innovation is still unclear, the study focuses on the relationship between knowledge sharing and organizational innovation performance, with a focus on mediating role of absorptive capacity and individual creativity.

Design/methodology/approach

On the basis of the knowledge base view and organizational learning theory, the study propose a model to verify the impact of inbound and outbound knowledge sharing on organizational innovation performance based on previous research. It also analyzed how these effects were mediated by individual creativity and absorptive capacity. The study collected 166 samples to verify the theoretical model.

Findings

Results corroborate that inbound knowledge sharing cannot directly promote organizational innovation performance, and absorptive capacity has a full mediation effect between inbound knowledge sharing and organizational innovation performance. Knowledge outbound sharing, individual creativity and absorptive capacity can improve innovation performance. In addition, absorptive capacity and individual creativity have direct and significant impacts on organizational innovation performance. Moreover, absorptive capacity plays a partial mediate role between individual creativity and innovation performance. Finally, this study discusses the policy implications of the study and describes possible future research directions.

Originality/value

The paper creatively divides knowledge sharing into inbound knowledge sharing and outbound knowledge sharing and verifies that knowledge sharing does not directly affect organizational innovation performance. The mediating role of absorptive capacity and individual creativity was analysis.

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Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China Youth Science Fund Project (No.71701191), Anhui province philosophy and social science planning project(No.AHSKY2018D24, AHSKZ2016D07) and Anhui province science and technology innovation strategy and soft science research special project (No. 201806a02020056). At the same time, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to Editor, Dr. Carlo Giglio, and the three anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments, which has improved the quality of this research.

Citation

Zhao, S., Jiang, Y., Peng, X. and Hong, J. (2020), "Knowledge sharing direction and innovation performance in organizations: Do absorptive capacity and individual creativity matter?", European Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJIM-09-2019-0244

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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