Theme Group: Knowledge and organisational learning (KOL)
Speaker: Dr Katsuhiko Yoshikawa (Shanghai Jiao University, China)
Title: `Why do you share? The impact of individual social exchange orientations and organizational identification and social ties on online knowledge-sharing behaviours'
In this paper, I investigate why individuals share knowledge on in-house online platforms, which is designed to facilitate knowledge exchange between people with little prior relationships. Drawing on social exchange theory, I predict individual social exchange orientation towards generalised exchange promotes knowledge sharing, whereas orientations towards negotiated and reciprocal exchange hinder the behaviour. In addition, I predict organizational identification and interpersonal ties moderate the impact of individual orientations. Results of rare-event analysis of survey responses and employee interactions on an in-house online platform largely support the hypotheses, suggesting the critical role of generalised exchange orientation and organizational identification in promoting online knowledge-sharing behaviours.
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Katsuhiko Yoshikawa is an assistant professor in Organizational Management at the Department of Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. He received his BA in Economics from Kyoto University, and an MSc. Management, Organizations and Governance (Distinction) and PhD in Management from London School of Economics and Political Science. He has worked as a consultant for more than 10 years, and is serving as an advisor for several companies. His research focuses on organizational behaviour and human resource management in contemporary organizations, where globalization and introduction of new technologies transform the way people work and interact.