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Impact of knowledge oriented leadership on knowledge management behaviour through employee work attitudes

Shamim, Saqib; Cang, Shuang; Yu, Hongnian


Saqib Shamim

Shuang Cang


Despite the acknowledged importance of knowledge management (KM), many employees avoid practicing KM at the individual level. This avoidance often leads to loss of the intellectual capital due to employee turnover. Many potential behavioural remedies are still untapped in the existing literature. This study extends the construct of knowledge oriented leadership (KOL) and examines its role in predicting KM behaviour among employees of the hospitality sector, at the individual level. It also investigates the mediating effect of employee work attitudes including affective commitment, creative self-efficacy and work engagement, by using partial least square for structure equation modelling. This study finds that KOL positively affects KM behaviour, affective commitment, creative self-efficacy and employee work engagement. Work attitudes (affective commitment, creative self-efficacy, work engagement) mediate the relationship of KOL and KM behaviour. Furthermore the direct positive effect of employee affective commitment, creative self-efficacy and work engagement on KM behaviour is also significant. This study contributes to the body of knowledge by extending the construct of KOL, and by investigating the connection between KOL, work attitudes, and KM behaviour among hospitality employees, at the individual level.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date May 11, 2017
Publication Date Sep 8, 2019
Deposit Date Nov 28, 2019
Publicly Available Date Nov 28, 2019
Journal The International Journal of Human Resource Management
Print ISSN 0958-5192
Electronic ISSN 1466-4399
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 16
Pages 2387-2417
Keywords Knowledge management (KM), knowledge oriented leadership (KOL), employee work attitudes, affective commitment, creative self-efficacy, work engagement
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