Structured Abstract: Purpose Following previous studies, knowledge-sharing (KS) processes consist of knowledge donating (KD) and knowledge collecting (KC). Within this framework, the paper investigates the relationship between KS processes and KS enablers to understand the effect of organizational, individual and technological factors. Design/methodology/approach The study is based on a web survey. Data were collected from a sample of 759 knowledge workers selected from 23 knowledge-intensive manufacturing companies exposed to international markets and located in Tuscany (Italy). The analysis is based on multivariate regression models considering KD and KC as dependent variables. Findings The results show that individual, organizational and technological factors matter to KS. Specifically, the paper reports that individual-level enablers and supportive leadership have a positive effect on both sub-processes of knowledge sharing. Further, the organic management system has a strong and positive impact on knowledge donating, while the efficacy of ICT solutions is positively related to knowledge collecting. Research limitations/implications Although based on a geographically bounded perimeter, the analysis allows some generalizations. In fact, the paper proposes a set of enablers that empirically link micro- and macro-organizational mechanisms to KS. Practical implications The evidence described can help to improve the organizational management of KS and, consequently, support managers dealing with organizational design aimed at successful KS. Originality/value The paper presents original results by combining individual, organizational and technological variables in the explanation of KS. It could be a basis for further studies. Keywords: Knowledge sharing, individual enablers, supportive leadership, organizational structure, organic management systems, self-efficacy. Article Classification: Research paper

Knowledge sharing in knowledge-intensive manufacturing firms. An empirical study of its enablers / Cavaliere, Vincenzo; Lombardi, Sara; Giustiniano, Luca. - In: JOURNAL OF KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT. - ISSN 1367-3270. - 19:6(2015), pp. 1124-1145. [10.1108/JKM-12-2014-0538]

Knowledge sharing in knowledge-intensive manufacturing firms. An empirical study of its enablers

LOMBARDI, SARA;GIUSTINIANO, LUCA
2015

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Structured Abstract: Purpose Following previous studies, knowledge-sharing (KS) processes consist of knowledge donating (KD) and knowledge collecting (KC). Within this framework, the paper investigates the relationship between KS processes and KS enablers to understand the effect of organizational, individual and technological factors. Design/methodology/approach The study is based on a web survey. Data were collected from a sample of 759 knowledge workers selected from 23 knowledge-intensive manufacturing companies exposed to international markets and located in Tuscany (Italy). The analysis is based on multivariate regression models considering KD and KC as dependent variables. Findings The results show that individual, organizational and technological factors matter to KS. Specifically, the paper reports that individual-level enablers and supportive leadership have a positive effect on both sub-processes of knowledge sharing. Further, the organic management system has a strong and positive impact on knowledge donating, while the efficacy of ICT solutions is positively related to knowledge collecting. Research limitations/implications Although based on a geographically bounded perimeter, the analysis allows some generalizations. In fact, the paper proposes a set of enablers that empirically link micro- and macro-organizational mechanisms to KS. Practical implications The evidence described can help to improve the organizational management of KS and, consequently, support managers dealing with organizational design aimed at successful KS. Originality/value The paper presents original results by combining individual, organizational and technological variables in the explanation of KS. It could be a basis for further studies. Keywords: Knowledge sharing, individual enablers, supportive leadership, organizational structure, organic management systems, self-efficacy. Article Classification: Research paper
2015
Knowledge sharing, individual enablers, supportive leadership, organizational structure, organic management systems, self-efficacy.
Knowledge sharing in knowledge-intensive manufacturing firms. An empirical study of its enablers / Cavaliere, Vincenzo; Lombardi, Sara; Giustiniano, Luca. - In: JOURNAL OF KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT. - ISSN 1367-3270. - 19:6(2015), pp. 1124-1145. [10.1108/JKM-12-2014-0538]
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