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

Authors: Xi Zhang; Doug Vogel

Addresses: 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

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

Available online: 11 Jun 2013 *

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