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Chinese study shows inverted U-shaped relationship between knowledge leadership and knowledge hiding

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 25 February 2020

Issue publication date: 22 April 2020

Abstract

Purpose

The authors wanted to study the antecedents of knowledge hiding from a leadership perspective.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors tested two hypotheses on high-tech employees in China. H1 was: “There is a curvilinear relationship between knowledge leadership and knowledge hiding behaviors.” H2 was: “Psychological ownership moderates the inverted U-shaped relationship between knowledge leadership and employees’ knowledge hiding behaviors such that this relationship is more pronounced among employees with high psychological ownership compared to employees with low psychological ownership.”

Findings

Results revealed an inverted U-shaped relationship between knowledge leadership and knowledge hiding. Psychological ownership moderates the link between knowledge leadership and knowledge hiding. The inverted U-shaped relationship between knowledge leadership and knowledge hiding was more significant among employees with higher psychological ownership, whereas the inverted U-shaped relationship became weaker among employees with lower psychological ownership.

Originality/value

The paper was significant because previous researchers had not studied the antecedents of knowledge hiding from a leadership perspective.

Keywords

Citation

(2020), "Chinese study shows inverted U-shaped relationship between knowledge leadership and knowledge hiding", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 28 No. 3, pp. 37-38. https://doi.org/10.1108/HRMID-12-2019-0292

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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