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The Role of Expected Reciprocity in Knowledge Sharing

The Role of Expected Reciprocity in Knowledge Sharing
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Author(s): Megan L. Endres (Department of Management, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, USA) and Sanjib Chowdhury (Department of Management, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, USA)
Copyright: 2013
Volume: 9
Issue: 2
Pages: 19
Source title: International Journal of Knowledge Management (IJKM)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Murray E. Jennex (San Diego State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/jkm.2013040101

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Abstract

The authors investigated the effects of expected reciprocity on knowledge sharing, as moderated by team and individual variables. Data (n = 84) was collected in an experimental study from undergraduate business student participants. Effects of expected reciprocity on knowledge sharing depended on the levels of individual competence, positive team attitudes, functional diversity and demographic diversity. Implications include that the effectiveness of reciprocity in knowledge sharing depends on several factors relating to the team and individual. Encouraging reciprocity may have positive effects, but these can be overridden by poor team attitudes, low ability perceptions and team diversity. Future research suggestions are offered.

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