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A moderated mediation model of the association between coworker social undermining and knowledge hiding

Bashir Ahmad (Government College University Faisalabad, Faisalabad, Pakistan)
Imran Shafique (Department of Management Sciences, COMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore Campus, Pakistan)
Masood Nawaz Kalyar (Lyallpur Business School, Government College University Faisalabad, Faisalabad, Pakistan)

VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems

ISSN: 2059-5891

Article publication date: 19 January 2021

Issue publication date: 24 October 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to test the relationship between perceived coworker social undermining and knowledge hiding behavior among Pakistani doctors working in hospitals. This study further investigates the mediating role of employee cynicism (EC) and the moderating role of family social support between the association of family social support and knowledge hiding.

Design/methodology/approach

Time lagged approach was used to collect the data from 391 trainee doctors working in large hospitals in Pakistan.

Findings

The findings suggest that coworker social undermining is significantly related to EC and knowledge hiding behaviors. EC mediates the relationship between EC and knowledge hiding. Furthermore, family social support was found to play a buffer role such that the indirect effect of social undermining on knowledge hiding through cynicism was weak for those who received high family social support and vice versa.

Originality/value

Knowledge hiding is deleterious to effective organizational functioning. This study adds to knowledge about the relationship between coworker social undermining and knowledge hiding behavior. This research extends the existing research streams of social undermining and knowledge hiding research to one of the underrepresented South Asian context, Pakistan.

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Citation

Ahmad, B., Shafique, I. and Kalyar, M.N. (2022), "A moderated mediation model of the association between coworker social undermining and knowledge hiding", VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, Vol. 52 No. 5, pp. 763-778. https://doi.org/10.1108/VJIKMS-03-2020-0051

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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