Differences in Approaches to Knowledge Sharing in Selected Cultures

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  • Title: Differences in Approaches to Knowledge Sharing in Selected Cultures
  • Author(s): Zuzana Crhova , Jana Matošková, Drahomíra Pavelková
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Organizational Studies
  • Keywords: Knowledge Sharing, Knowledge Sharing Tools, Factors, Czech, German, Japanese
  • Volume: 13
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2018
  • ISSN: 2324-7649 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2324-7657 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2324-7649/CGP/v13i02/15-29
  • Citation: Crhova, Zuzana , Jana Matošková, and Drahomíra Pavelková. 2018. "Differences in Approaches to Knowledge Sharing in Selected Cultures." The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Organizational Studies 13 (2): 15-29. doi:10.18848/2324-7649/CGP/v13i02/15-29.
  • Extent: 15 pages

Abstract

Knowledge sharing is a process that can enhance organizational innovativeness. Therefore, knowledge sharing is essential for organizations that build their competitive advantage on the ability to come out with innovations quicker or better than their competitors. Generally, it is supposed that the intensity of knowledge sharing could be influenced by national culture as well as other factors. The aim of this article is to examine in more detail the differences in tools used for knowledge sharing and the main factors influencing knowledge sharing in Czech, German, and Japanese companies. A qualitative design was chosen for the study. Semi-structured interviews were held with eleven managers. The collected data were analyzed with both open and axial coding. The results support the premise that national culture has an impact on knowledge sharing.