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Individual Factors and Knowledge Sharing

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Author(s): Eugene Okyere-Kwakye | Khalil M. Nor

Journal: American Journal of Economics and Business Administration
ISSN 1945-5488

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 66;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Knowledge management | knowledge sharing | individual factors | social cognitive theory (SCT) and social exchange theory (SET)

ABSTRACT
Problem statement: Knowledge management has been acknowledged as an important element for businesses today. While individuals within the organizations might recognize the importance of knowledge management for the success of their day to day business functions, previous literatures have shown that individuals are still reluctant to participate in knowledge management efforts especially knowledge sharing. As the behavior people show in different situations depends highly on their personal intentions as well as the social forces, the degree of the reluctance or willingness towards sharing their knowledge might also fit in the same case. Based on previous studies we develop a conceptual framework to suggest a relationship between knowledge sharing and four of the individual factors namely altruism, self efficacy, mutual reciprocity and trust. Questionnaire is proposed to collect data and multiple regressions as the statistical technique to analyze the data. Conclusion/Recommendations: This study makes an attempt to discuss some of the individual factors that can affect knowledge sharing.
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