Understanding the Climate-knowledge Sharing Relation: The Moderating Roles of intrinsic Motivation and Job Autonomy

Oscar Llopis, Nicolai Juul Foss

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    A cooperative organizational climate is often argued to promote knowledge-sharing behaviors among employees. However, research indicates that managerial interventions aimed at shaping the organizational climate can be difficult to execute. We develop and test a contingency model of intrinsic motivation and job autonomy as moderators of this relationship. We find that the social climate for cooperation better predicts knowledge sharing when employees show low levels of intrinsic motivation and have high levels of job autonomy. This suggests that a cooperative climate and intrinsic motivation are substitutes with respect to their impact on knowledge-sharing behaviors, while climate and job autonomy are complements. We find support for these ideas in data gathered from a sample of 170 employees of a knowledge-intensive firm.
    TidsskriftEuropean Management Journal
    Udgave nummer2
    Sider (fra-til)135-144
    Antal sider10
    StatusUdgivet - apr. 2016


    • Cooperative climate
    • Knowledge sharing
    • Job autonomy
    • Intrinsic motivation