Knowledge Contribution in Knowledge Networks: Effects of Participants’ Central Positions on Contribution Quality

Mohammad Sedighi, Mohsen Hamedi

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Abstract

Knowledge networks play a crucial role in contemporary organisations to improve participation for knowledge sharing. Examining employees’ knowledge contribution play an important role for in success implementing knowledgenetworks. Whereas most part of studies emphasis on the quantity aspect of knowledge contributions, the success of knowledge networks also depends strongly on quality aspect of participants’ voluntarily contributions. Further, employees’ central positions can make a strategic position for participants for both locally and globally in the overall structure of the knowledge network. The purpose of this study is to explore the relationships between centrality positions of participants with knowledge contribution quality in knowledge networks. Five hypotheses are designed to evaluate relations of employees’ centrality positions with the quality aspect of knowledge contributions using correlation analysis. The network data are collected from a knowledge network of a corporate group in the energy industry. The research results signify degree centrality; closeness centrality and betweenness centrality of participants have significant relations with the quality of shared knowledge. The research outcomes draw initial guides for organisations to evaluate the quality aspect of knowledge contributions by network analysis in knowledge networks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management & Organisational Learning
Pages302-310
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventInternational Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management & Organisational Learning - Ithaca College, Ithaca, United States
Duration: 14 Oct 201615 Oct 2016
http://www.academic-conferences.org/conferences/icickm/

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management & Organisational Learning
Abbreviated titleICICKM
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityIthaca
Period14/10/1615/10/16
Internet address

Keywords

  • Knowledge Networks
  • Centralization
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Knowledge Contribution

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