Knowledge Sharing, Sustained Relationships and the Habitus

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dc.contributor.author Obembe, Demola en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-07T15:28:36Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-07T15:28:36Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07-02
dc.identifier.citation Obembe, D. (2012) Knowledge sharing, sustained relationships and the habitus. Management Learning, 44 (4), pp. 355-372 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/7155
dc.description.abstract This article explores knowledge-sharing tendencies among individuals in a UK project-based organization. While the knowledge management literature extensively considers the significant impact of relationships and trust on sharing knowledge, the underlying reasoning behind individual choices to share knowledge and expertise largely remains an underexplored area. Bourdieu’s conception of the habitus is used as an alternative tool to interpret individual dynamics and their propensity for sharing knowledge given their personal relationships. Data are drawn from in-depth interviews conducted across the organization and presented as a narrative indicative of relationship dynamics of individual actors. The findings suggest that individual predisposition towards knowledge sharing is influenced by experiences in sustained relationships, coupled with awareness of knowledge sources, expectations of reciprocity in relationships, and acceptance into social groups. Particularly, the predisposing nature of the habitus serves as guide to location and utilization of knowledge sources as well as on choices to share personal knowledge. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Knowledge sharing en
dc.subject habitus en
dc.subject trust en
dc.subject actor relationships en
dc.subject dispositions en
dc.title Knowledge Sharing, Sustained Relationships and the Habitus en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350507612450988
dc.peerreviewed Yes en


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