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Dealing with knowledge sharing hostility - insights from six case studies

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This paper examines knowledge sharing in business environments and cultures that are hostile toknowledge sharing. We focus on knowledge sharing as it relates to individual behavior andmanagement as guiding basically willing individuals. We elaborate the dimensions related toknowledge hoarding, apprehension about failures, and the Not-Invented-Here syndrome byinvestigating their features in knowledge-sharing hostile environments. Empirically, we explore acontext not widely covered by the Western management literature on knowledge sharing: we draw onthe examples of six Russian companies, three with and three without Western ownership. In terms ofaction orientation, we suggest that in knowledge-sharing hostile environments management needsinitially to force knowledge sharing in order to transform the hostility into a knowledge embracingculture. We outline concrete guidelines of how to overcome the specific barriers to knowledge sharing.Key words: knowledge sharing, knowledge-sharing hostile environments, Russian companies

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Snejina Michailova, Kenneth Husted

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eng

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http://hdl.handle.net/10398/6341

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