The role of autonomous motivation in the relationship between social capital dimensions and tacit knowledge sharing among academics

Khawar Naheed, Rosmah Mat Isa

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Abstract

Tacit knowledge sharing is is deemed to be important to increase the performance of academics whose job nowadays goes beyond teaching and research. Sharing of tacit knowledge is not easy as it involves human interaction such as good relationship, trust, collaboration, structure, and cognition; all that lies within the social capital. Apart from that, academics also need to be motivated in order to share their tacit knowledge in fulfilling their extended roles in administration, consultation and commercialisation. By taking an individual-level perspective, our study focuses on the role of social capital and autonomous motivation as critical human elements to improve and promote tacit knowledge sharing among the academics. Specifically, this study hypothesized: (a) positive relationships between social capital dimensions and tacit knowledge sharing, and (b) a mediation effect of autonomous motivation in the relationship between social capital dimensions and tacit knowledge sharing. To test the hypothesis PLS-Structural Equation Modelling statistical techniques was employed to analyse the survey data collected from 317 academics working in Malaysia research-based universities. Our results substantiate the positive links between social capital dimensions and tacit knowledge sharing, and reveal that autonomous motivation fully mediates these relationships. Theoretically, this study extends the understanding of the effect of autonomous motivation and the interrelationship between the three dimensions of SC and their joint effects on knowledge management practices. These findings provide university administrators with key implications for the management of social capital and autonomous motivation as catalysts to promote and enhance tacit knowledge sharing among the academics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-177
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Economics and Management
Volume13
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019

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Social capital
Knowledge sharing
Tacit knowledge
Knowledge management practice
Commercialization
Structural equation modeling
Mediation effect
Interrelationship
Cognition
Survey data
Catalyst
Interaction
Malaysia

Keywords

  • Autonomous motivation
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Malaysia
  • Social capital dimensions
  • Tacit knowledge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Strategy and Management

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