Coworker Social Loafing and Knowledge Sharing: The Moderating Role of Gender Effects

동료의 사회적 태만과 지식 공유: 성별의 조절효과를 중심으로

  • Park, Jisung (College of Business, Chosun University) ;
  • Chae, Heesun (College of Business Administration, Seoul National University)
  • Received : 2017.04.04
  • Accepted : 2017.06.09
  • Published : 2017.06.30


This study examined the peer and gender effects in knowledge-sharing behavior. More specifically, this paper examined how coworker social loafing is related to knowledge sharing and how gender differences moderate the relationship between coworker social loafing and knowledge-sharing behavior. Drawing on economic and social exchange theory, this study predicts that coworker social loafing will decrease the knowledge-sharing behavior. In addition, this paper hypothesized that men will be more likely to withdraw knowledge-sharing behavior than women when they faced coworker social loafing. To test these hypotheses, this paper conducted a hierarchical regression test with the supervisor-employee dyad samples. The empirical results showed that in the relationship between coworker social loafing and knowledge-sharing behavior, coworker social loafing decreased the knowledge-sharing behavior, and the negative effect was larger in the case of men rather than women. In the discussion section, this paper proposes the theoretical and practical implications based on theoretical arguments and empirical findings.


Coworker Effect;Exchange Theory;Gender Effect;Knowledge Sharing;Social Loafing


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