Governing Knowledge Sharing in Organizations: Levels of Analysis, Governance Mechanisms, and Research Directions

28 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2010

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Nicolai J. Foss

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Strategy and Innovation

Kenneth Husted

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Snejina Michailova

University of Auckland - Department of Management and International Business

Abstract

We discuss and examine recent claims that research on knowledge processes has paid insufficient attention to micro (individual) level constructs and mechanisms and to the role of formal organization in governing knowledge processes. We review knowledge sharing research published in 13 (top academic plus top practitioner-oriented) journals in the period 1996–2006 in relation to these two propositions. The review confirms the claim that the knowledge sharing literature is preoccupied with constructs, processes, and phenomena defined at a macro (collective, organizational) level and pay comparatively little attention to micro level constructs. The review provides less support for the proposition that formal governance mechanisms have been under-researched in comparison to formal organization. Still, the multiple ways in which formal governance mechanisms may interact in influencing knowledge sharing outcomes have been under-researched, as has the interaction between more informal aspects of the firm and formal governance mechanisms. We argue that future research on knowledge sharing needs to fill these gaps.

Suggested Citation

Foss, Nicolai J. and Husted, Kenneth and Michailova, Snejina, Governing Knowledge Sharing in Organizations: Levels of Analysis, Governance Mechanisms, and Research Directions. Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 47, Issue 3, pp. 455-482, May 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1567202 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2009.00870.x

Nicolai J. Foss (Contact Author)

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Strategy and Innovation ( email )

Kilen
Frederiksberg, 2000
Denmark

Kenneth Husted

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Snejina Michailova

University of Auckland - Department of Management and International Business ( email )

Auckland, 1142
New Zealand

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