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Volume :43 Issue : 4 2015      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Knowledge Sharing and Personality Traits

Auther : Laila Marouf Israa Alrikabi

The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between personality type and knowledge sharing (KS) in Middle Eastern countries. The existing literature concerning KS has given much attention to the impact of technological development, managerial support, and individual aspects including trust and motivation. This study focuses on one's personality as a distinct factor. The five personality traits covered, according to Big-Five module, include extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness. The KS variables are Workgroup Attitude toward KS, Behaviour of the Supervisor, Business Unit Culture, and individual attitudes toward KS. A web-based survey was administrated to 210 participants who had access to the Internet from three different companies in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). 139 employees responded (66% response rate). The results revealed that the personality trait of Openness correlates strongly with the overall KS, whereas employees who have four personality traits (Extraversion, Conscientiousness, Agreeableness, and Openness) relate positively to a higher work group attitude towards KS. Openness and agreeableness were also significantly related to individual attitudes toward KS. There was no significant relation between neuroticism and overall KS. The results contribute to the existing literature as they offer empirical evidence on the impact of individual characteristics on knowledge sharing, especially studies done in the Middle East, because relatively little work on this topic has been done in a Middle Eastern context.
Key words: Knowledge management, Knowledge sharing, Personality traits, Kuwait, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Middle East.

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