Knowledge Sharing and Work Identity: A Qualitative Perspective

By Mahnaz Abbariki.

Published by Knowledge Management: An International Journal

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Despite the continuing interest in knowledge management as a domain, studies concentrating on knowledge sharing are relatively recent. An important aspect of organizational learning and knowledge sharing studies has been based on the idea that through knowledge sharing between individuals organizational learning will occur. However, clear explanation of the process is not available, and the idea that how employees can be encouraged to share is a developing area in the domain of knowledge management studies. The purpose of this paper is to follow employees’ knowledge sharing in organizations and to pursue an exploration to find out how these processes are shaped and under what conditions people share more or less. Moreover, the exploration as a link to the human side of knowledge management will be useful, since the current under-representation of the subject has not been supplemented by empirical research able to highlight the process of knowledge sharing activities in the workplace. This paper aims to contribute to deeper understanding of the subject domain by employing the qualitative method of inquiry to portray better insight to underlying factor that is essential to employees’ knowledge sharing behavior.

Keywords: Work Routines, Work Identity, Knowledge Sharing Behavior, Complex and Non-Complex Work Environments

Knowledge Management: An International Journal, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp.45-60. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 474.809KB).

Dr Mahnaz Abbariki

PhD Research Student, Department of Management Learning and Leadership, Lancaster University, Lancaster, Lancashire, UK

Dr. Mahnaz Abbariki graduated from Lancaster University Management School in the United Kingdom. She has strong research interests in the domains of Knowledge Management, Critical Management, Leadership Development, and Management Learning.