Antecedents of Employee's Preference for Knowledge Sharing Tools - Evidence from China

Schwaer, Chunli ; Biemann, Torsten ; Voelpel, Sven

Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2012
The title of a journal, publication series: International Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume: 23
Issue number: 17
Page range: 3613-3635
Place of publication: London
Publishing house: Routledge
ISSN: 0958-5192 , 1466-4399
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > ABWL, Personalmanagement u. Führung (Biemann 2013-)
Subject: 330 Economics
Keywords (English): knowledge-sharing tools , role breadth self-efficacy , trust
Abstract: This study examines individual antecedents of employees' preference for formal or informal knowledge-sharing tools. We propose that the preference for different tools is determined by the combined effects of willingness to share knowledge, trust and role breadth self-efficacy (RBSE). The findings of the empirical study, which was conducted at a medium-sized Chinese company (N = 860), revealed that willingness to seek knowledge was related to the usage of both formal and informal tools. Furthermore, the willingness to give knowledge was significantly related to the usage of formal tools. RBSE had a significantly positive impact on both formal and informal knowledge-sharing tools' usage, while its effects on formal tools' usage were stronger than those on informal tools. Affect-based trust had a significantly positive impact on the usage of informal knowledge sharing, which was also stronger than its impact on formal tools' usage. Cognition-based trust positively moderated the relationship between willingness to seek knowledge and the usage of formal tools, and the relationship between willingness to share knowledge and informal tools' usage.

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