Information Technology and Management

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 333–340 | Cite as

The impact of team task and job engagement on the transfer of tacit knowledge in e-business virtual teams

  • Weilin Cao
  • Li Xu
  • Liang Liang
  • Sohail S. Chaudhry


This research focuses on the initiative to integrate team task and job engagement as related to the transfer of tacit knowledge. The aim of this study is to investigate if team task and job involvement enhances the overall work efficiency through transfer of tacit knowledge between e-business virtual teams. We develop a model that is based on the relationship between tacit degree of knowledge, job engagement, team tasks, and their effect on knowledge transfer. The conceptual model is validated with the data collected from a survey. The results indicate that the tacit knowledge does not have a positive effect on team tasks and job engagement, and the team tasks and job engagement have a significant positive effect on knowledge transfer. In addition, the study found that team tasks and job engagement have mediating effects in the process of tacit knowledge transfer. Also, we discuss the theoretical and practical implications and contributions of this study.


Tacit knowledge Team task Job engagement Knowledge transfer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Weilin Cao
    • 1
  • Li Xu
    • 1
  • Liang Liang
    • 1
  • Sohail S. Chaudhry
    • 2
  1. 1.School of ManagementUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaHefeiChina
  2. 2.Department of Management and Operations, Villanova School of BusinessVillanova UniversityVillanovaUSA

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