Knowledge sharing research: bringing context back in

A. Sergeeva, T. Andreeva

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In response to the calls for more context-aware theorizing, in this essay we review the empirical research on individual knowledge sharing behavior in organizations, with a specific focus on the context in which employees share knowledge. We build on the “Who? / Where? / Why? / What?” framework to “flesh out” the contexts of the empirical studies on individual knowledge sharing published in top-level journals. Mapping the researched contexts, we indicate several biases of the literature as well as point to under-investigated spaces, suggesting theoretical dimensions, their contrasts, and new empirical settings that are missing from the major stream of knowledge sharing studies. We also find that context has been scarcely accounted for in the existing literature, discuss the reasons for it, show how accounting for context can be used to re-interpret some contradictions in existing literature, and suggest some ways to move forward.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-261
JournalJournal of Management Inquiry
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Knowledge sharing research: bringing context back in. / Sergeeva, A.; Andreeva, T.

In: Journal of Management Inquiry, Vol. 25, No. 3, 2016, p. 240-261.

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