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Knowledge sharing and knowledge effectiveness: learning orientation and co-production in the contingency model of tacit knowledge

Li-Wei Wu (Department of International Business, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan)
Jwu-Rong Lin (Department of International Business, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan)

Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing

ISSN: 0885-8624

Article publication date: 7 October 2013

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Abstract

Purpose

This study focuses on the relationship between knowledge sharing and knowledge effectiveness. By learning orientation and co-production, this study demonstrates the indirect effects of knowledge sharing on knowledge effectiveness. Moreover, the direct and indirect effects of knowledge sharing – which vary with the different levels of tacit knowledge – on knowledge effectiveness are examined.

Design/methodology/approach

The proposed model is tested using a structural equation model that involves LISREL and multi-group analyses.

Findings

Knowledge sharing increasingly affects knowledge effectiveness under the condition of explicit knowledge. The mediating roles of learning orientation and co-production in the process of tacit knowledge sharing become apparent.

Originality/value

Knowledge sharing across organizations can be regarded as a dynamic process. In view of the increasing importance of knowledge sharing across organizations, this study provides insight into the method of receiving useful knowledge across organizations.

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Acknowledgements

Received 17 April 2011 Revised 15 September 2012 Accepted 11 October 2012

Citation

Wu, L.-W. and Lin, J.-R. (2013), "Knowledge sharing and knowledge effectiveness: learning orientation and co-production in the contingency model of tacit knowledge", Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Vol. 28 No. 8, pp. 672-686. https://doi.org/10.1108/JBIM-04-2011-0050

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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