Title: Opportunity-enhancing HRM practices and knowledge sharing behaviour: the mediating role of public service motivation

Authors: Dewan Niamul Karim; Abdul Halim Abdul Majid

Addresses: Department of Management Studies, Faculty of Business Studies, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka – 1342, Bangladesh ' School of Business Management, Institute for Business Competitiveness, Standards and Sustainability Initiative, College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, 06010, Kedah, Malaysia

Abstract: In response to a growing concern over an inadequate level of knowledge sharing among the academics in higher education institutions (HEIs), the study, drawing on the self-determination theory, aims to examine the role of opportunity-enhancing HRM practices and public service motivation (PSM) in promoting knowledge sharing behaviour (KSB) of academics. Using a self-administered questionnaire, data were conveniently collected from 203 full-time faculty members serving in 12 private HEIs in Bangladesh. The results based on the structural equation modelling indicate that two HRM practices (i.e., teamwork and employee participation) have direct effects on KSB; whereas job autonomy is insignificantly related with KSB. Moreover, PSM mediates the relationship between all the three HRM practices (i.e., teamwork, employee participation, and job autonomy) and KSB. The findings suggest that jobs should be designed around the opportunity-enhancing HRM practices to promote PSM and KSB among the academics in HEIs.

Keywords: HRM practices; teamwork; job autonomy; employee participation; public service motivation; PSM; knowledge sharing behaviour; KSB; higher education institutions; HEIs.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKMS.2022.126150

International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, 2022 Vol.13 No.4, pp.359 - 383

Received: 08 Apr 2021
Accepted: 24 Aug 2021

Published online: 13 Oct 2022 *

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