Title: Achieving competitive advantage through knowledge sharing: deducing the determinants of knowledge sharing towards a new concentric model: a review

Authors: Fathuma Hansiya Abdul Rauf

Addresses: Department of Management, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Oluvil, Sri Lanka

Abstract: Knowledge sharing among employees in organisations is vital for achieving competitive advantages. Different researches discussed about a range of predictors of knowledge sharing. This review was to deduce all the possible factors or determinants of knowledge sharing in the existing literature and identified several interesting possible directions for future research. Secondary data have been used for the entire study. The analysis showed that there are a number of factors that affect the knowledge sharing. The paper discussed and analysed the views, opinions and findings of different researchers about the same. This paper has proposed a new meaningful concentric model to classify the antecedents of knowledge sharing. This summarised all antecedents into four domains. As such, factors which are directly relevant to individual fall in the individual domain. While, the group domain includes those factors that cannot be meaningfully or practically separated from a context of interaction with peers, the organisation domain includes factors that are organisationally relevant. Factors with national domain subsume those factors that can be enacted only across the boundary of the organisation. This paper brings together a large range of antecedents of knowledge sharing. Implications and directions for future studies are also discussed.

Keywords: concentric modelling; knowledge management; knowledge sharing; literature review; antecedents.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKMS.2016.080220

International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, 2016 Vol.7 No.1/2, pp.1 - 17

Received: 08 Dec 2015
Accepted: 18 Jan 2016

Published online: 08 Nov 2016 *

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