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Knowledge hoarding : antecedent or consequent of negative acts? The mediating role of trust and justice

Holten, Ann Louise; Hancock, Gregory Robert; Persson, Roger LU ; Hansen, Åse Marie and Hogh, Annie (2016) In Journal of Knowledge Management 20(2). p.215-229
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate whether and how knowledge hoarding, functions as antecedent and consequent of work related negative acts, as a measure of bullying. The authors investigate the relation as mediated by trust and justice. Design/methodology/approach – Data stem from a longitudinal study in which questionnaire responses were collected twice from 1,650 employees in 52 workplaces. Structural equation modelling was used to analyse the two models. Design-based corrections were made to accommodate the multi-level structure of data. Findings – The analyses showed that knowledge hoarding was both an antecedent and a consequent of negative acts. First, over time, knowledge hoarding was indirectly related to... (More)

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate whether and how knowledge hoarding, functions as antecedent and consequent of work related negative acts, as a measure of bullying. The authors investigate the relation as mediated by trust and justice. Design/methodology/approach – Data stem from a longitudinal study in which questionnaire responses were collected twice from 1,650 employees in 52 workplaces. Structural equation modelling was used to analyse the two models. Design-based corrections were made to accommodate the multi-level structure of data. Findings – The analyses showed that knowledge hoarding was both an antecedent and a consequent of negative acts. First, over time, knowledge hoarding was indirectly related to negative acts mediated by trust and justice. Second, negative acts were both directly and indirectly related to knowledge hoarding over time. The study thus points to the existence of a vicious circle of negative acts, psychological states of trust and justice, and knowledge hoarding behaviours, which presumably will affect both individual and organizational outcomes negatively. Research limitations/implications – The use of already collected, self-report data, single-item measures, and the two-year time lag could pose potential limitations to the study. Practical implications – Preventive and repair actions could potentially impact both negative acts and knowledge hoarding by focusing on increasing the social exchange quality at work unit level. Originality/value – This paper combines two strands of research, that of bullying at work and that of knowledge management, within which research on knowledge hoarding has been an under-researched area.

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Bullying, Justice, Knowledge hoarding, Negative acts, Structural equation modeling, Trust
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Journal of Knowledge Management
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20
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15 pages
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Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
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1367-3270
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10.1108/JKM-06-2015-0222
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  author       = {Holten, Ann Louise and Hancock, Gregory Robert and Persson, Roger and Hansen, Åse Marie and Hogh, Annie},
  issn         = {1367-3270},
  keyword      = {Bullying,Justice,Knowledge hoarding,Negative acts,Structural equation modeling,Trust},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {04},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {215--229},
  publisher    = {ARRAY(0x99292d8)},
  series       = {Journal of Knowledge Management},
  title        = {Knowledge hoarding : antecedent or consequent of negative acts? The mediating role of trust and justice},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JKM-06-2015-0222},
  volume       = {20},
  year         = {2016},
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