How knowledge sharing leads to innovative work behaviour: A moderating role of transformational leadership

Publication Type:
Journal Article
Journal of Systems and Information Technology, 2019, 21 (3), pp. 277 - 303
Issue Date:
Filename Description Size
How Knowledge sharing 10-1108_JSIT-11-2018-0148.pdfPublished Version533.33 kB
Adobe PDF
Promoting KS amongst academics.pdfPublished Version644.81 kB
Adobe PDF
Full metadata record
© 2019, Emerald Publishing Limited. Purpose: Studies have examined the influence of knowledge-sharing factors on attitudes and intentions to share knowledge; thus, there is a need to add to the limited research to examine individuals’ actual knowledge-sharing behaviour (KSB). Drawing upon the social cognitive theory (SCT) and transformational leadership, this study aims to develop a new research model which modifies the standard SCT model and augments it with other theories to examine academics’ KSBs. Design/methodology/approach: Questionnaire surveys based on literature and pilot study were conducted with 785 academic staff from four Vietnamese public universities. This study applied structural equation modelling to test the proposed research model and hypotheses. Findings: The findings show that environmental factors (subjective norms, trust) and personal factors (knowledge self-efficacy, enjoyment in helping others) had positive impacts on KSB; KSB had a strongly positive effect on innovative behaviour; and transformational leadership positively moderated the effects of subjective norms, trust and knowledge self-efficacy on KSB. Interestingly, psychological ownership of knowledge was found to have insignificant associations with KSB. Practical implications: The study findings can be used by university leaders, academic staff and researchers in other similar contexts. Originality/value: Until now, to the best of the researchers’ knowledge, no studies have applied SCT as a primary lens, in which transformational leadership positioned in a focal behaviour also affected KSB, to investigate research on KSB in organisations, especially in institutions of higher education.
Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: