Int. J. of Information Technology and Management   »   2013 Vol.12, No.3/4



Title: Understanding the effect of organisational reward on knowledge sharing: the role of exchange ideology and knowledge sharing visibility


Authors: Xi Zhang; Doug Vogel


College of Management and Economics, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China
Department of Information Systems, City University of Hong Kong, 83 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong


Abstract: The relationship between reward and knowledge sharing is complicated. Although several prior studies explained this relationship from economic perspectives, recent empirical studies find inconsistent results with different behavioural perspectives. One important reason is that most studies examine this relationship in one special organisational environment. This study used cross-sectional data with almost 100 respondents from more than ten organisations in different fields. In this study, we examined the impact of individual value and organisational context on reward-knowledge sharing relationship. The findings support the hypotheses that with cross-sectional data, personal perception of knowledge sharing visibility is the critical factor by contributing the most R square change.


Keywords: knowledge sharing visibility; organisational rewards; exchange ideology; cross-sectional data; individual value; organisational context; personal perception.


DOI: 10.1504/IJITM.2013.054796


Int. J. of Information Technology and Management, 2013 Vol.12, No.3/4, pp.148 - 168


Available online: 11 Jun 2013



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