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Knowledge Sharing Among Healthcare Practitioners: Identifying the Psychological and Motivational Facilitating Factors

Authors
  • Wu, Su-Ying1, 2
  • Wang, Wei-Tsong3
  • Hsiao, Ming-Hsuan1
  • 1 Institute of Information Management, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan City
  • 2 Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung
  • 3 Department of Industrial and Information Management, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan City
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers in Psychology
Publisher
Frontiers Media SA
Publication Date
Dec 14, 2021
Volume
12
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.736277
Source
Frontiers
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Psychology
  • Original Research
License
Green

Abstract

There exists a lack of an understanding of how to facilitate knowledge sharing (KS) behaviors in healthcare organizations. This study is among the first to specifically address this issue through synthesizing psychological ownership (PO), self-determination theory, and psychological empowerment (PE) theory. This study developed a research model that described the impact of the psychological and motivational facilitating factors, including autonomous motivation, user PE, and PO on knowledge sharing intention (KSI) and knowledge sharing behavior (KSB). Data collected from 343 healthcare professionals were analyzed using the technique of partial least squares (PLS) to validate the research model. The results indicated that user PE, organization-based PO, and autonomous motivation all had significant direct/indirect positive effects on KSI and KSB as we hypothesized. Surprisingly, knowledge-based PO had a significant positive effect on KSI, which contradicted our original hypothesis. The implications for theory and for practice, limitations, and future research directions are discussed accordingly.

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