شکل گیری قصد رفتاری در به اشتراک گذاری دانش: بررسی نقش کیفیت KMS، خوداثربخشی KMS و جو سازمانی
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|26320||2012||13 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||8180 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Knowledge-Based Systems, Volume 31, July 2012, Pages 106–118
Firms can obtain competitive advantages from their employees’ knowledge sharing behaviors. This paper presents a research model to examine the direct and indirect effects of knowledge management systems (KMS) quality, KMS self-efficacy, organizational climate and attitude on the intention to share knowledge in the new product development process. The hypotheses are tested on data collected from 134 major electronic manufacturing firms in Taiwan, using partial least squares regression. The results of the empirical study suggest that attitude is the key factor influencing intention to engage in knowledge sharing. The more a factor (such as KMS self-efficacy and organizational climate) positively contributes to attitude, the more the factor contributes to knowledge sharing. The findings provide useful insights into how organizations should encourage employees’ collaborative behaviors or activities so as to reinforce KMS self-efficacy create a favorable organizational climate that will in turn enhance attitude and intention to engage in knowledge sharing leading to benefits for the organization as a whole.
Knowledge sharing has become a key determinant of a firm’s competitive advantage ,  and . The primary objective of knowledge sharing research and practices is to facilitate effective knowledge flow among organizational members  and . Firms must continue to improve their skills and competencies by accumulating and sharing knowledge  and . To improve intra-organizational coordination, product quality, and firm performance, firms often demand that different organizational units such as production, marketing, and R&D departments implement common processes which often require the sharing of knowledge. Intra-organizational studies have shown that knowledge sharing is the fundamental basis for creating collective knowledge in intra-organizational networks , ,  and . Through knowledge sharing, differently functioning departments are able to build a jointly held knowledge base, which enhances mutual understanding , ,  and  and improves coordination efficiency  and . Knowledge sharing within a firm has become a common practice because it enhances the competitive advantage of the organization as a whole  and . Knowledge sharing is particularly relevant in the new product development (NPD) process , because this process involves complex and interdependent tasks . The product development process is composed of a series of activities involved in conceptualizing, planning, designing, and commercializing a product  and . These activities involve a great amount of knowledge exchange  and . The team members for NPD are often made up of multiple units such as R&D, marketing, production, sales, and purchasing. Knowledge sharing depends on continuous interaction and communication. Huang  proposed an evolutionary theory in which organizational knowledge creation is a self-organizing process, where knowledge is shared by means of interaction and communication flows between individuals, groups, departments, and organizational boundaries. Maruta  emphasizes that through knowledge sharing, individuals are able to access appropriate knowledge resources from others, and then create new knowledge by combining existing knowledge with their intrinsic insight. Insight refers to the capability to obtain a desired outcome through selecting appropriate knowledge and integrating it with related knowledge. Good insight and knowledge exchange activities will facilitate the realization of product innovation and productivity improvement . In other words, successful teamwork in NPD projects depends on the interaction and knowledge sharing between team members, which leads to superior NPD performance . To achieve the advantages of knowledge sharing, it is of strategic value for firms to understand the factors that affect knowledge sharing behaviors and cooperation during the NPD process. A review of the intra-organizational literature reveals that most studies of the relationships among the business units of a multi-unit company have focused on factors that directly affect knowledge sharing behavior, whereas few have examined the interactive effects that affect knowledge sharing and these relationships  and . Intra-organizational linkages and networks, which concern the maintenance of the relationships within a firm, are major determinants of competitive advantage . Knowledge sharing is dependent on trade-offs affected by factors including attitude , organizational climate  and , self-efficacy  and , and information system quality . It is widely accepted that the willingness to share knowledge is greater if parties have a close relationship. Thus, value-based relationships become an essential part of network cooperation, helping to bring different organizational units together to exchange resources and knowledge . In the intra-organizational network environment, NPD requires cross-functional cooperation with abundant, frequent, and reciprocal sharing of knowledge . Knowledge sharing by the NPD team can help with problem solving, design improvement, cost reduction, and production of a higher level of product . To achieve the benefits of intra-organizational knowledge sharing, it is vital for all parties involved to be in a cooperative relationship  and . Cross-unit collaboration in the organization creates and maintains the basis for jointly held knowledge through knowledge sharing, thus enhancing mutual understanding and expectations . Recognizing the strategic importance of knowledge management (KM) and knowledge sharing, a great range of firms has implemented various KM initiatives. A knowledge management system (KMS) is a common solution  and . KMS may play an important role in stimulating the knowledge sharing of the firm. KMS can be used to facilitate, generate, preserve, and share organizational knowledge  and . Social cognitive theory suggests that self-efficacy regulates individual behavior and activities, which are based on forethought of the trade-offs between required effort and motivation  and . When the motivation for executing a behavior (e.g., knowledge sharing) is adequate, high levels of perceived self-efficacy will encourage the pursuit of the expected outcomes and overcome the obstacles, meaning that the stronger the perceived self-efficacy, the more effort exerted towards knowledge sharing  and . Institutional theory posits that institutionalization is the “social process by which individuals come to accept a shared definition of social reality” [88, p. 496]. Institutional theory emphasizes the relationship between the organization and the environment, and incorporates cognitive, rules, norms, beliefs shared by relevant members  and . When the organization is inclined to form a climate of cooperation and reciprocal knowledge sharing, employees will comply with common organizational values . This study draws on the KMS perspective, supplemented by social cognitive theory and institutional theory in its examination of which value-based relationships can improve the effects of related factors on knowledge sharing in an NPD context. The primary focus in the majority of studies ,  and  has been on the KMS architecture, on the building process and on the mechanism for agent-based knowledge sharing. Liu et al.  presented a knowledge sharing community model and adopted an agent-based solution to perform the functions of knowledge sharing in virtual enterprises. Mahalakshmi and Geetha  proposed a “tarka”-based argumentative reasoning and discussion, where each member participates in discussions and gains knowledge through reasoning and inference. After every argument activity, the internal knowledge is updated and increased. Some KMS studies concentrate on the conceptual principles or case studies describing how such systems can improve firm performance. Quaddus and Xu  used qualitative methods to identify the factors leading to KMS diffusion and proposed a combined KMS diffusion model. Becerra-Fernandez  introduced and summarized various versions of People-Finder KMS. Gottschalk  identified the stages of KMS in police investigations. Lin and Huang  attempted to use task technology fits and social cognition to understand KMS usage. However, overall, empirical research on KMS related issues is still limited. In other words, there is a scarcity of empirical research on KMS issues  and , and little is known about the implications of the inter-relationships between KMS factors and the organizational factors that influence knowledge sharing behaviors in networks and across unit levels. To address this important issue, we develop a new research model that treats attitude as a mediating factor for investigating factors influencing intra-organizational knowledge sharing. As such, we can examine how attitude interacts with other influencing factors to have impact on intra-organizational knowledge sharing. The rest of the paper is organized as follows: the next section presents a brief review of intra-organizational relationships and knowledge sharing. In Section 3 the research model and hypotheses development are presented. Section 4 describes the methodology used in this research study, including the measurement and data collection procedure. The data analysis and results are presented in Section 5, including an analysis of the measurement model and test of the partial least squares (PLS) structural model. Section 6 includes a discussion of the results, and Section 7 concludes the paper and offers directions for future research.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
From a theoretical perspective, this study applied concepts based on social cognitive theory, institutional theory, with the KMS success model to identify KMS quality, KMS self-efficacy. Organizational climate, attitude, and intention were included and examined in the study. In addition, NPD team members were chosen as the survey subject, which is more appropriate in order to understand the knowledge sharing behaviors in knowledge-intensive network. Overall, we find that KMS plays an important role in determining knowledge sharing behaviors, which integrates organizational knowledge and sustains organizational knowledge processes in an NPD environment. However, KMS systems are not the ultimate solution, but in fact a tool to help organizational members to manage knowledge in an effective way. The most important role is played by the people themselves, who from an essential element in KMS. For this reason, firms should form a climate of knowledge sharing, and encourage employee devotion to knowledge sharing activities. From the managerial perspective, this study provides some useful insights. First, managers cannot assume that KMS alone will solve their concerns regarding knowledge sharing. KMS is just a tool to support organizational knowledge processes, especially for explicit knowledge. On the other hand, organizational knowledge is implicit, context-dependent, difficult to imitate, and non-codified. With regard to the sharing of certain types of knowledge, firms should pay attention to developing a sharing culture and encouraging employee interaction, communication, and joint problem solving. Therefore, firms should focus on cultivating employee capability and a sharing culture, rather than putting emphasis on information technology. Second, employees are a significant element of knowledge sharing. Therefore, the most important thing for a practitioner is to cultivate a positive organizational atmosphere (i.e., reciprocal relationship, assisting one another, and channels for communication). NPD projects such as this will surely have some positive effects on collaboration, where positive discussions, constructive ideas and opinions can be freely exchanged between parties. Moreover, organizations should give priority to teaching employees skills that increase their capability. Once people are capable of using KMS, the proclivity and intentions of knowledge sharing are also promoted. Cross-industrial or cross-country studies investigating the existence of industrial or country differences in the development of NPD collaborations are encouraged. In particular, further research could explore the impact of other different factors on NPD cooperation between KMS factors and intentions to share knowledge. Further work could also explore the effects between KMS factors and intention for knowledge sharing on outcome variables, such as knowledge sharing performance and organizational performance. Finally, this study utilizes NPD project as an example to verify the research model of KMS quality, KMS self-efficacy, organizational climate, attitude toward knowledge sharing, and intention to engage in knowledge sharing. Furthermore, this study provides a complete and tested theoretical framework with additional detailed information for related studies in the future.