Why is knowledge shared in law firms?

[German title: Warum wird Wissen in Rechtsanwaltskanzleien geteilt?]

Sharing knowledge in law firms
Petter Gottschalk
International Journal of Innovation and Learning 
Issue: Volume 4, Number 3 / 2007 
Pages: 255 – 273 

Abstract: The objective of this paper is to deepen our understanding of the factors that increase or lessen employees’ tendencies to engage in knowledge-sharing behaviours. First, the case of law firms is discussed. Next, a potential research model and hypotheses are presented. Potential determinants of intentions to share knowledge in law firms include professional image, enjoyment in helping others, knowledge repository, professional self-worth, professional reputation, personal attitude, and usefulness of IT systems. Future research might pursue revision and empirical testing of the research hypotheses developed in this paper.

Keywords: law firms, knowledge sharing, knowledge-based theory, strategic knowledge, professional image, helping others, knowledge repository, knowledge self-efficacy, professional self-worth, professional reputations, personal attitudes, IT systems, Eurojuris, Norway

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