National Cultural Influences on Knowledge Sharing: A Comparison of China and Russia

23 Pages Posted: 8 May 2006

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Snejina Michailova

University of Auckland - Department of International Business

Kate Hutchings

Queensland University of Technology - School of Management

Abstract

This paper presents a set of theoretical propositions regarding knowledge sharing in China and Russia. We argue that there are important national cultural similarities and differences between the two countries that result in certain similarities and differences in individual knowledge-sharing behaviour in Chinese and Russian organizations. We claim that vertical collectivism and particularistic social relations in China and Russia lead to intensive social relations among organizational members, which facilitate knowledge sharing between in-group members in organizations in both countries. We also maintain that differences in the essence of collectivism as well as in the extent of collectivism in the two cultural contexts lead to different intensities of knowledge sharing in Chinese and Russian organizations. Finally, we discuss theoretical and management implications of this research.

Suggested Citation

Michailova, Snejina and Hutchings, Kate, National Cultural Influences on Knowledge Sharing: A Comparison of China and Russia. Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 43, No. 3, pp. 383-405, May 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=898969 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2006.00595.x

Snejina Michailova (Contact Author)

University of Auckland - Department of International Business ( email )

New Zealand

Kate Hutchings

Queensland University of Technology - School of Management ( email )

Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Australia
(07) 38641251 (Phone)

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