Knowledge governance mechanisms and repatriate’s knowledge sharing: The mediating roles of motivation and opportunity
August 1, 2013 Editor 0
Purpose – Several studies have explored the relationships among the multiple dimensions of knowledge governance mechanisms (KGMs) and knowledge sharing. However, knowledge governance issues and knowledge transfer processes remain under-researched. The empirical results of the relationships among KGMs, motivations to share knowledge and knowledge sharing behavior remain inconsistent. This paper aims at reexamining the mediating effects of knowledge sharing motivations and knowledge sharing opportunities on the relationship between KGMs and knowledge sharing behavior of repatriates at multinational corporations.Design/methodology/approach – Survey data was collected from 140 repatriates from 66 multinational companies that operated in 5 different geographic locations. Structural equation modelling was used to assess the research model.Findings – The empirical results indicate the mediating roles of knowledge sharing motivation and opportunity in the relationship between KGMs and the knowledge sharing behavior of repatriates. Two sets of KGMs – formal and informal mechanisms – have significant influence on knowledge sharing motivation and opportunity.Research limitations/implications – This investigation focuses on the functions of KGMs that facilitate the knowledge sharing behavior of repatriates. The contextual effects of task-level, firm-level, and external environmental characteristics on knowledge sharing may need further studies to substantiate.Originality/value – This study argues that even when employees are encouraged and rewarded by extrinsic and intrinsic motivations to share knowledge, effective knowledge sharing would not necessarily be guaranteed. This paper offers a conceptual framework where knowledge sharing motivations and opportunities simultaneously play the mediating roles in a successful knowledge sharing. Our framework associates KGMs with knowledge sharing behavior, and echoes the growing acknowledgement of the need for additional research on micro-foundations of knowledge sharing to complement the macro research.
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