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A leader’s approaches to fostering a culture of knowledge sharing in an information organization

Zhixian Yi (School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Wagga Wagga, Australia)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 25 September 2019

Issue publication date: 22 October 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to look at organizational culture and knowledge sharing, and to explore how a leader fosters a culture of knowledge sharing in an information organization.

Design/methodology/approach

The literature survey is used. It indicates that little is known about how to foster a culture of knowledge sharing from a leadership perspective in an information organization.

Findings

This study finds that the main approaches that a leader need to use to foster a culture of knowledge sharing are to set the mission, short-term, middle-term and long-term goals and objectives of fostering a culture of knowledge sharing, master as many leadership styles as possible, adjust and choose a leadership style that is appropriate to fostering a culture of knowledge sharing in a given situation, lead by example, develop messaging, make a communication plan, reward and recognize knowledge-sharing behaviors and make knowledge management fun.

Research limitations/implications

The limitation is that this study is solely focused on the literature survey and opinions.

Practical implications

This paper provides a useful overview of the approaches used to foster a culture of knowledge sharing in an information organization.

Originality/value

The views, approaches and suggestions will be useful and valuable to improve the success of knowledge sharing in information organizations in the digital age.

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Citation

Yi, Z. (2019), "A leader’s approaches to fostering a culture of knowledge sharing in an information organization", Library Management, Vol. 40 No. 8/9, pp. 593-600. https://doi.org/10.1108/LM-11-2018-0083

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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