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Knowledge sharing in public organizations in Pakistan: leaders’ ethical role and psychological capital of employees

Quratulain Amber (Department of Management Sciences, COMSATS University Islamabad, Pakistan)
Abdul Baseer Qazi (Bahria University, Islamabad, Pakistan)
Nadeem Javaid (COMSATS University Islamabad, Pakistan)
Iram A. Khan (Auditor General of Pakistan, Islamabad, Pakistan)
Mansoor Ahmad (Department of Management Sciences, COMSATS University Islamabad, Pakistan)

Information Discovery and Delivery

ISSN: 2398-6247

Article publication date: 6 May 2021

Issue publication date: 20 January 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to examine the role of ethical leaders on the knowledge-sharing behavior of public sector employees. Ethical leaders engender knowledge-sharing behavior of employees by influencing their psychological capital.

Design/methodology/approach

To explore the mechanism by which ethical leaders shape the knowledge-sharing behavior of employees, cross-sectional self-reported data (n = 339) are collected from employees working at decision-making positions in federal ministries in Pakistan.

Findings

Analysis results indicate that ethical leaders influence public employees to share knowledge with colleagues. Moreover, the mediary role of ethical values, organizational identification and altruism is evident, however, the mediary role of self-efficacy is not evident from results.

Practical implications

This implies that policymakers should be cognizant of the indirect mechanism by which ethical leaders positively influence the behavior of public employees. This knowledge helps them consider the recruitment, promotion and training of employees, especially the leaders, in line with the required ethical value consideration in public sector organizations.

Originality/value

This research is based on originally collected data from the field.

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Citation

Amber, Q., Qazi, A.B., Javaid, N., Khan, I.A. and Ahmad, M. (2022), "Knowledge sharing in public organizations in Pakistan: leaders’ ethical role and psychological capital of employees", Information Discovery and Delivery, Vol. 50 No. 1, pp. 99-114. https://doi.org/10.1108/IDD-11-2020-0148

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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