||The Effect of Employees’ Self-monitoring Personality and Tie Strength on Tacit Knowledge Sharing
||Department of Business Administration
This study aims to bridge the gap of relationship between self-monitoring inclination of employees and social tie strength, and tends to find out further influence on tacit knowledge sharing in organization. By taking tie strength into account in the relationship between self-monitoring trait and tacit knowledge sharing in organization, this study offers microfoundation for future knowledge management and human resource management.
Based on the questionnaire survey of 90 employees working in R&D, MIS department or engaging specific projects, the result shows there’s positive relationship between self-monitoring trait and tie strength, but there’s no direct significant relationship between self-monitoring and tacit knowledge sharing unless the impact of social tie strength is controlled. In the end, this study offers related discussion and points out the research limitation, the implication for practice and future research as well.
CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION 1
1.1 Background to the problem 1
1.2 Problem statement 3
1.3 Purpose of study 5
CHAPETER TWO LITERATURE REVIEW AND RESEARCH HYPOTHESIS 6
2.1 Self-monitoring 6
2.2 Tie strength 7
2.3 The relationship between self-monitoring and tie strength 8
2.4 Tacit Knowledge 11
2.5 The relationship between tie strength and tacit knowledge sharing 14
CHAPTER THREE METHOD 16
3.1 Research design 16
3.2.1 Tacit knowledge sharing 16
3.2.2 Self-monitoring trait 17
3.2.3 Tie strength 19
3.3 Research sample 19
3.4 Data collection procedure 20
3.5 Data analysis 21
3.5.1 Reliability 21
3.5.2 Validity 21
3.5.3 Regression Analysis 21
CHAPETER FOUR RESULTS 23
4.1 Psychometric properties of the instrument 23
4.2 Demographics of Participants 25
4.3 Test of Hypothesis 27
4.3.1 Correlation analysis 27
4.3.2 Regression analysis 29
22.214.171.124 The relationship between self-monitoring and tie strength 29
126.96.36.199 The relationship between tie strength and tacit knowledge sharing 30
188.8.131.52 The relationship between self-monitoring and tacit knowledge sharing 31
4.4 Summary of Hypothesis Testing 32
CHAPTER FIVE CONCLUSION 33
5.1 Summary 33
5.2 Discussion with Relevant Literature and Conclusion 34
5.2.1 Relationship between self-monitoring and tie strength 34
5.2.2 Relationship between tie strength and tacit knowledge sharing 35
5.2.3 Relationship between self-monitoring and tacit knowledge sharing 35
5.2.4 Significance of this study 36
5.3 Implication for Practice 38
5.4 Limitation 39
5.5 Recommendation for Future Research 40
Figure 1 Research model 15
Table 1 Items and Source of Tacit Knowledge Sharing 17
Table 2 Items and Source of Self-monitoring 18
Table 3 Items and Source of Tie Strength 19
Table 4 Factor Loading and Cronbach's α of the Constructs and Items 24
Table 5 Demographic Characteristics of the Sample (n=90) 26
Table 6 Correlation Analysis of Variables 28
Table 7 Relationship between Self-monitoring and Tie strength 30
Table 8 Relationship between Tie strength and Tacit Knowledge Sharing 30
Table 9 Relationship between Self-monitoring and Tacit Knowledge Sharing- Tie Strength as the Mediator 31
Table 10 Summary of Hypothesis Testing 32
Table 11 Comparisons between Past Research and the Findings of Current Study 37
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