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HR practices, social climate, and knowledge flows: towards social resources management

Alexopoulos, Angelos and Monks, Kathy (2008) HR practices, social climate, and knowledge flows: towards social resources management. LInK Working Paper Series. (Paper No. 01-08). The Learning, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre, Dublin City University, Ireland.

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Abstract

Despite theoretical support suggesting a strong linkage between HR systems and knowledge management outcomes, only limited empirical evidence exists on the relative contribution of HR practices, particularly as experienced by individual employees, to facilitating intrafirm knowledge flows. Further, even fewer studies have investigated key intermediate mechanisms by which HR practices affect knowledge sharing attitudes and behaviour. Drawing on a survey of 135 core knowledge employees from three Irish-based firms, we found that reciprocal task interdependence, feedback from others, selective staffing and socialisation, relationship-oriented training and development, and line management support for knowledge sharing were the main factors associated positively with employee perceptions of a social climate that encourages cooperation and teamwork orientation. The implications of our findings are discussed.

Item Type:Working Paper (No. 01-08)
Refereed:No
Uncontrolled Keywords:Human resource management; knowledge work; social climate; cooperation; knowledge sharing;
Subjects:Business > Personnel management
Business > Knowledge management
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > DCU Business School
Research Initiatives and Centres > LInK: The Learning, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre > LInK Working Paper Series
Publisher:The Learning, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre, Dublin City University
Copyright Information:© 2008, LInK, Angelos Alexopoulos and Kathy Monks
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:2423
Deposited On:19 Feb 2009 14:36 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 11 Mar 2009 09:49

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