Interpersonal trust for knowledge sharing

[German title: Zwischenmenschliches Vertrauen für das Teilen von Wissen]

Who Trusts? Personality, Trust and Knowledge Sharing
Todd Mooradian, Birgit Renzl, Kurt Matzler
Management Learning, Vol. 37, No. 4, 523-540 (2006)
DOI: 10.1177/1350507606073424

Abstract: The strategic importance of knowledge sharing and its relationships with organizational and managerial (i.e. environmental) factors have been well documented. The effects of some context-specific individual factors — including interpersonal trust – on knowledge sharing have also been investigated. The effects of enduring and pervasive individual factors (i.e, personality) on knowledge sharing have not been adequately described empirically. This article links personality, specifically agreeableness, a broad personality domain and propensity to trust, a narrow personality facet, to knowledge sharing via interpersonal trust, thereby clarifying substantial person-related effects within these important workplace phenomena.

Key Words: interpersonal trust • knowledge sharing • personality traits

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© 2006 SAGE Publications

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