Purpose - This paper aims to explore the differences in the level of knowledge sharing between co-workers in high versus low trust situations, for cognition-based trust and for affect-based trust as well as implicit and explicit knowledge.
Design/methodology/approach - The differences were examined through data provided by 102 professionals working for a financial organization in The Netherlands.
Findings - The differences in the level of knowledge sharing in high versus low trust situations are significant. The effect is larger for affect-based trust and for implicit knowledge.
Research limitations/implications - The survey has been conducted within one organization only.
Practical implications - Organizations should realize the importance of trust between their co-workers, and in general, there is much to gain by increasing the levels of trust between co-workers, as this will also increase knowledge sharing between co-workers.
Originality/value - Previous studies have not examined the situation of low trust and its effect on the level of knowledge sharing within a homogeneous group of co-workers.
- Tacit knowledge
- Knowledge sharing
- Affect based trust
- Cognition based trust
- Explicit knowledge
- Implicit knowledge
- TACIT KNOWLEDGE
- INTERORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS
- VIRTUAL COMMUNITIES