Knowledge sharing is of much interest to both practitioners and researchers because of its potential to quicken learning, enhance innovation, reduce costs and place organisations o a competitive edge. A principal tool for knowledge sharing has been identified by researchers to be virtual communities in which research collaboration and other knowledge sharing activities easily take place. Some key factors examined in literature as influencing knowledge sharing are technological, economic and cultural. This has been researched in other contexts, it has not been researched as an organisational cultural component that could affect knowledge sharing in virtual communities. This gap in knowledge is what this paper aims to fill. A conceptual framework is developed to express the relationship between trust components and knowledge sharing in virtual communities. The framework will be verified in future empirical research: however, possible implications of the research to research and practice are presented.
|Title of host publication||Enhancing the Modern Organization through Information Technology Professionals|
|Subtitle of host publication||Research, Studies and Techniques|
|Place of Publication||Hershey|
|Publisher||Idea Group Inc|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|