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Assessing social capital and knowledge sharing in the high-tech industry: a moderating role of hypercompetition

Chieh-Peng Lin (Institute of Business and Management, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taipei, Taiwan)
Tse-Yao Huang (Institute of Business and Management, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taipei, Taiwan)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 24 June 2022

Issue publication date: 17 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Although the literature has somewhat discussed social capital and knowledge sharing, the mediating and moderating mechanisms that influence team workers to move from connecting with one another to building social capital and consequently engaging in knowledge sharing still remain largely understudied. For that reason, this study aims to develop a holistic research framework that links social capital to knowledge sharing with positive affective tone as a mediator and hypercompetition as a moderator.

Design/methodology/approach

Drawing upon the social capital theory and the affective events theory (AET), this study proposes a research framework to assess how social capital factors influence knowledge sharing with the mediation of positive affective tone and the moderation of hypercompetition in high-tech teams. This study obtains survey data based on 330 questionnaires of working professionals from 66 high-tech teams in Taiwan, in which each team comprises four members and their team leader.

Findings

The empirical results of this study show that social interaction, shared vision and trust are positively related to knowledge sharing via the mediation of positive affective tone. Moreover, hypercompetition has positive moderating effects on the relationships between social interaction and positive affective tone as well as between trust and positive affective tone.

Originality/value

This study expands the previous literature to study through what mediating mechanism the effects of different social capital factors on knowledge sharing can be effectively realized and whether there exists any critical moderator that influences these effects.

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Acknowledgements

This study was financially supported by Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan (MOST 108-2410-H-009-033).

Citation

Lin, C.-P. and Huang, T.-Y. (2023), "Assessing social capital and knowledge sharing in the high-tech industry: a moderating role of hypercompetition", Management Decision, Vol. 61 No. 1, pp. 120-143. https://doi.org/10.1108/MD-08-2021-1065

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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