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JSW 2009 Vol.4(4): 291-298 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304//jsw.4.4.291-298

Empirical Study on the Influence of Social Capital to Informal Knowledge Transfer among Individuals

Zhihong Li, Tao Zhu
School of Business Administration, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China

Abstract—Informal knowledge transfer among individuals is a crucial section of organization knowledge management. Based on theories of knowledge transfer, the hypotheses of influence of social capital to informal knowledge transfer among individuals were proposed. By empirical study, this paper verified and revised the model, and revealed that three dimensions of social capital not only have a direct significant effect on informal knowledge transfer performance among individuals, but also have an indirect effect on the informal knowledge transfer performance among individuals by impacting on knowledge transfer opportunities, motives and ability respectively. The results obtained in this study can provide some useful guidance for organizations to enhance knowledge innovation by the promotion of informal knowledge transfer among individuals.

Index Terms—social capital; knowledge transfer; informal knowledge; informal knowledge transfer among individuals; organization knowledge management

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Cite: Zhihong Li, Tao Zhu, "Empirical Study on the Influence of Social Capital to Informal Knowledge Transfer among Individuals," Journal of Software vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 291-298, 2009.

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ISSN: 1796-217X (Online)
Frequency: Monthly
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Antanas Verikas
Executive Editor: Ms. Yoyo Y. Zhou
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