Knowledge-centered culture and knowledge sharing: the moderator role of trust propensity

Carlos Ferreira Peralta, Maria Francisca Saldanha

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Purpose: This research aims to evaluate if knowledge-centered culture (KCC) fosters knowledge sharing equally across employees with different levels of trust propensity, an enduring individual characteristic.

Design/methodology/approach: A cross-sectional questionnaire study was conducted with 128 US-based employees.

Findings: The authors found that KCC only promoted knowledge sharing in individuals with high levels of trust propensity. For individuals with low levels of trust propensity, KCC had no effect on knowledge sharing.

Research limitations/implications: The authors focused exclusively on trust propensity as a moderator. Future research could analyze the role of other enduring individual differences in the relationship between KCC and knowledge sharing.

Practical implications: A KCC may be inefficient in promoting knowledge sharing in employees with low propensity to trust. Recruitment and selection of individuals with a high propensity to trust is a possible solution to enhance the association between KCC and knowledge sharing in organizations.

Originality/value: By identifying an enduring individual characteristic that shapes the relationship between KCC and knowledge sharing, the authors move toward the development of a contingent view of KCC and show that KCC fosters knowledge sharing differently across employees.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)538-550
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Knowledge Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Knowledge sharing
  • Individual differences
  • Knowledge-centered culture
  • Moderation
  • Trust propensity

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