Title

Knowledge management in Chinese organizations : collectivist values for open-minded discussions

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

International Journal of Human Resource Management

Publication Date

10-1-2011

Volume

22

Issue

16

First Page

3393

Last Page

3412

Keywords

China, Collectivism, Controversy, Individualism, Knowledge sharing, Organizational values

Abstract

Employees from different departments of an organization often do not have the relationships and interaction patterns that facilitate integrating and applying their knowledge together. This study proposes that departments that develop collectivist rather than individualist relationships engage in constructive controversy (CC) and share knowledge. Results using data from CEOs and Vice Presidents of various industries and regions of China suggested that collectivist but not individualistic values promote open-minded discussion of views which results in knowledge sharing. Coupled with previous research, these results suggest that collectivist values and CC provide an important foundation for productive knowledge management in organizations.

DOI

10.1080/09585192.2011.560864

Print ISSN

09585192

E-ISSN

14464399

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Recommended Citation

Chen, G., Tjosvold, D., & Li, N., Fu, Y., & Liu, D. (2011). Knowledge management in Chinese organizations: Collectivist values for open-minded discussions. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 22(16), 3393-3412. doi: 10.1080/09585192.2011.560864