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An investigation of the effect of extroverted and introverted personalities on knowledge acquisition techniques

Peyman Akhavan (Department of Management, Malek Ashtar University of Technology, Tehran, Iran)
Maryam Dehghani (Department of Management, Malek Ashtar University of Technology, Tehran, Iran)
Amir Rajabpour (Department of Management, Malek Ashtar University of Technology, Tehran, Iran)
Amir Pezeshkan (Department of Management and International Business, University of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, USA)

VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems

ISSN: 2059-5891

Article publication date: 9 May 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to explore the relationship between personality traits (introversion versus extroversion) and knowledge acquisition (KA) techniques.

Design/methodology/approach

The major methodology of the current study is survey. Results are based on 152 usable responses provided by experts in different industries including electronic, communication, information technology, computer and biology. The major analytical technique used is Pearson correlation analysis.

Findings

According to the results, there are significant relationships between personality traits (i.e. introversion versus extroversion) and KA techniques.

Research limitations/implications

This study was conducted on data from 152 Iranian experts which limits the generalizability of the results. This limitation can be addressed by future studies conducting similar studies on cross-country samples. Further, due to the analytical technique adopted in this study, causality implications cannot be drawn from the results.

Originality/value

This study reveals linkages between personality traits (i.e. introversion versus extroversion) and KA techniques. Results shed light on the KA process for both scholars and practitioners involved in KA programs in the organizations.

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Citation

Akhavan, P., Dehghani, M., Rajabpour, A. and Pezeshkan, A. (2016), "An investigation of the effect of extroverted and introverted personalities on knowledge acquisition techniques", VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, Vol. 46 No. 2, pp. 194-206. https://doi.org/10.1108/VJIKMS-06-2014-0043

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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