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Journal Article

Knowledge Sharing Among Malaysian Academics: Influence of Affective Commitment and Trust  pp38-48

See Kwong Goh, Manjit Singh Sandhu

© Jan 2013 Volume 11 Issue 1, ECKM 2012, Editor: Dr Juan Gabriel Cegarra and Dr María Eugenia Sánchez, pp1 - 115

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Knowledge resides within a human being and it is hard to be transferred to others. Unwillingness to share is one of the main impediments of knowledge sharing. In a university setting, this situation could be more alarming as universities are knowledge centric organisation. Knowledge sharing will help universities to strengthen its research and teaching activities. Despite the importance of knowledge sharing, many academics still hoard their knowledge. The aims for this paper are (1) to evaluate the influence of these two emotional factors towards knowledge sharing intention; (2) to examine whether the perception of knowledge sharing in public universities differs from private universities. The research model includes the theory of planned behaviour (TPB) and the two affective components. In order to examine the research model, a survey was conducted with a total respondent of 545 academics from 30 universities in Malaysia. Multiple linear regression was used to examine the research model. On the other hand, t‑test was used to examine the differences between public and private universities. In general, the findings revealed that emotional influence is crucial for knowledge sharing behaviour. The t‑test analysis shows that there are significant differences between public and private universities. This paper contributes to the existing literature by evaluating the impact of emotional factors (affective commitment and affective trust) towards knowledge sharing behaviour. It also provides a greater depth of understanding on how knowledge sharing in public universities deviate from private universities. University administrators need to implement policies and activities to strengthen the emotional bonding between academics in order to facilitate knowledge sharing in Malaysian universities. This is exceptionally crucial for private universities as the results shows that knowledge sharing intention is lower than the public universities.


Keywords: knowledge sharing, theory of planned behaviour, affective commitment and trust


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Journal Issue

Volume 11 Issue 1, ECKM 2012 / Jan 2013  pp1‑115

Editor: Dr Juan Gabriel Cegarra, Dr María Eugenia Sánchez

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The Papers in this issue of EJKM were first presented at the European Conference of Knowledge Management.


The issue was edited by the Programme Chair Dr Juan Gabriel Cegarra and the Conference Chair Dr María Eugenia Sánchez



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  Dr Juan Gabriel Cegarra            Dr María Eugenia Sánchez



Keywords: global social knowledge management, social software, barriers, distributed teamwork, contextualization, cultural influence, cognitive knowledge, emotional knowledge, knowledge dynamics, microexpressions, negotiations, social capital, familiness, power, experience, innovation, family business, knowledge sharing, theory of planned behaviour, affective commitment and trust, scientific collaboration, collaboratory, knowledge audit, knowledge management, scientific collaboration recommendation, knowledge base, innovation outcome, cultural barriers, healthcare organizations, phase, shipyard, naval industry, relationship, reutilization, internal and external agents, intellectual capital management, ICM, knowledge, biplot, knowledge, knowledge management, knowledge assessment framework, case study, eLoyalty, satisfaction, technology acceptance model, health care, patient, information system success models


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