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The impact of organizational ostracism on knowledge hiding: analysing the sequential mediating role of efficacy needs and psychological distress

Sabeen Hussain Bhatti (Department of Management Studies, Bahria University Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan)
Maryam Hussain (Department of Management Studies, Bahria University Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan)
Gabriele Santoro (Department of Management, University of Turin, Turin, Italy)
Francesca Culasso (Department of Management, University of Turin, Turin, Italy)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 15 March 2022

Issue publication date: 1 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Drawing on the conservation of resources theory and need-threat model, this study aims to analyse the mediating role of efficacy needs (EN) and psychological distress (PD) on the relationship between workplace ostracism (WO) and knowledge hiding (KH) behaviour of employees.

Design/methodology/approach

Time-lagged data were collected from 225 employees working in the mobile telecommunication sector through online survey instruments prepared in light of past literature. SmartPLS3 was used to analyse the data.

Findings

The results obtained confirm the initial hypothesis that there exists a positive relationship between WO and KH. Furthermore, the results also established the sequential mediating roles of EN and PD between WO and KH behaviour of employees.

Originality/value

This study adds to the literature suggesting that WO represents a real threat to companies that aim to foster knowledge-sharing behaviours. Moreover, it reveals that EN and PD are two underlying mechanisms behind the baseline relationship.

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Citation

Bhatti, S.H., Hussain, M., Santoro, G. and Culasso, F. (2023), "The impact of organizational ostracism on knowledge hiding: analysing the sequential mediating role of efficacy needs and psychological distress", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 27 No. 2, pp. 485-505. https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-03-2021-0223

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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