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JSW 2010 Vol.5(5): 538-545 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304/jsw.5.5.538-545

A Study on the Influencing Factors of the Intention to Share Tacit Knowledge in the University Research Team

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

Abstract—The aim of our study was to explore the influencing factors of the intention to share tacit knowledge in the university research team. On the basis of related literature review, combing with the Theory of Planned Behavior, we proposed a research model about the intention to share tacit knowledge in the university research team. After the completion of questionnaire, we surveyed of 202 researchers from the university research teams of Chinese mainland, and examined the research model by using Structural Equation Modeling (SEM), and then revised theoretical model. We found that, in the university research team, personal feature (need satisfaction, sense of honor and altruism), internal mechanism (interpersonal trust, team cohesion and authorized leadership), and support framework (resources adequacy and self-efficacy) significantly contributed to the intention to share tacit knowledge, however, heterogeneity significantly had a negative effect on the intention to share tacit knowledge. Finally, we provided some useful strategies and suggestions for university managers and team leaders to enhance the intention to share tacit knowledge of university research team.

Index Terms—university research team; tacit knowledge; knowledge sharing; tacit knowledge sharing; intention to share tacit knowledge.

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Cite: Zhihong Li, Tao Zhu, Haiyan Wang, "A Study on the Influencing Factors of the Intention to Share Tacit Knowledge in the University Research Team," Journal of Software vol. 5, no. 5, pp. 538-545, 2010.

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