Why Popular Employees Engage in Knowledge Sharing: The Motivational Approach

왜 인기 있는 직원이 지식공유를 하는가: 동기부여 관점에서

  • 김보영 (국민대학교 경영대학 경영학과) ;
  • 김용현 (국민대학교 대학원 매니지먼트전공)
  • Received : 2020.02.05
  • Accepted : 2020.03.06
  • Published : 2020.03.31


The purpose of this study is to identify the antecedents that impact on the individual knowledge sharing based on motivational perspectives. Specifically, the authors investigate the roles of general self-efficacy and popularity on knowledge sharing drawn on costly signaling theory and trait activation theory. Data from 227 pairs of employees and coworkers working in companies located in South Korea supported the model. General self-efficacy was positively related to knowledge sharing and popularity was positively associated to knowledge sharing. Also, by taking an interactional approach, our study demonstrated the moderating effect of popularity on the relationship between general self-efficacy and knowledge sharing. The positive relationship between general self-efficacy and knowledge sharing is significant when popularity is low, but not significant when popularity is high. Our findings suggest that the various motivation types including intrinsic and extrinsic motivations for knowledge sharing of individuals exist simultaneously and these motivations have an interactive effect on knowledge sharing.


Supported by : 국민대학교


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