Employee Silence is Not Always Consent

18 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2018

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Dr. Rob Bogosian

Florida Atlantic University

James E. Stefanchin

George Washington University

Date Written: November 1, 2018

Abstract

This article explores the relationship between (employee) silence and knowledge transfer, which has not been adequately examined. Employee silence is the willful withholding of important work related information. This article analyzes the relationship between silence and knowledge transfer and addresses the leadership causes and operational consequences associated with employee silence. We explore the conditions under which knowledge transfer occurs in organizations and the consequences of ineffective knowledge transfer. In conclusion we propose several methods for measuring and eradicating cultures of silence and tested methods to sustain cultures of voice.

Keywords: Human resources, communication, knowledge transfer, employee silence

Suggested Citation

Bogosian, Dr. Rob and Stefanchin, James E., Employee Silence is Not Always Consent (November 1, 2018). Rutgers Business Review, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3289404

Dr. Rob Bogosian (Contact Author)

Florida Atlantic University ( email )

Boca Raton, FL 33431
United States

James E. Stefanchin

George Washington University

2121 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
United States

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