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|Title: ||Individual variables with an impact on knowledge sharing: the critical role of employees’ ignorance.|
|Authors: ||Israilidis, John|
|Keywords: ||Knowledge sharing|
Aerospace and defense industry
|Issue Date: ||2015|
|Publisher: ||© Emerald|
|Citation: ||ISRAILIDIS, J. ... et al, 2015. Individual variables with an impact on knowledge sharing: the critical role of employees’ ignorance. Journal of Knowledge Management, 19(6), pp.1109-1123.|
|Abstract: ||Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to identify individual variables with an impact on knowledge sharing and explore the under-discussed construct of employees’ ignorance. This can enhance the knowledge sharing process and facilitate the development of greater intellectual capital.
Design/methodology/approach: Eighty-four dependent variables affecting knowledge sharing are analyzed and classified into eleven categories. In addition, the direct effect of employees’ ignorance on knowledge sharing is introduced and empirically investigated in a case study of a multinational organization operating within the Aerospace and Defense industry.
Findings: The findings suggest that employees’ ignorance may negatively affect their intention to share knowledge, thus leading to poor decision-making and communication in organizations. Employees’ ignorance could also limit the organizational ability to repel external threats, implement innovation and manage future risks. Originality/value: A classification scheme based on different categories of employees’ ignorance is developed, providing tailor-made recommendations for practitioners facing different types of ill-informed organizational scenarios. Further, the need to shift the emphasis away from the management of knowledge to the management of ignorance is also an important contribution of this paper.|
|Description: ||This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Journal of Knowledge Management and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JKM-04-2015-0153|
|Version: ||Accepted for publication|
|Publisher Link: ||http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JKM-04-2015-0153|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles (Computer Science)|
Published Articles (Business School)
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